The name Poa means “Everything is Cool” or “All Good” in Swahili, and was inspired by a family volunteer trip to Tanzania, Africa in 2013.   

Traveling reminds us of how our most special moments often revolve around mealtimes, and how important that is for family, friendships, and ourselves to flourish.  All over the world, food is a great connector and our purest way of communicating.  "It was such a rewarding experience, I wanted to pack it up, and bring it home to Portland with me. A cafe environment felt like the best way to cultivate such a lifestyle... Six months later,  my travel buzz began to fade, and there I was, owning a cafe."  Poa Cafe is going on it's 5th year, and has organically taken shape into a neighborhood, healthy foods cafe with new patio bar opening the Spring. 

At Poa, we care about simplicity and wellness. About creating human connections and promoting a healthy lifestyle, more than serving the perfect artisinal cup of coffee. But along with our nourishing bowls and delicious smoothies, the coffee drinks, are amazing. 

Poa blends a modern cafe culture concept with leisure and conversation.. We provide a needed space for socializing with friends and family. A place where mealtimes become meaningful experiences, and food is the great unifier across cultures and ages. At Poa Cafe, children (with the help of their caretakers and parents) learn how to navigate the social experience of sharing a meal, from a young age. And as a community, we set positive examples for our youth, and help foster a healthier next generation.  The celebratory nature of food is universal and it's an activity that contributes to our physical, social and mental well being. And it tastes so good.