Kevin Fuller, the owner of longstanding Portland cafe Albina Press and a prominent figure within the Portland coffee community, died suddenly this weekend. His family has yet to release the cause of death. Fuller is survived by his longtime partner, Joana O’Connor, and his three children, Georgia, Stephen, and William.
Fuller opened North Portland cafe Albina Press in 2004, during the rise of the third wave coffee movement. The cafe, with its limited digital presence, became a neighborhood standby known for its responsible sourcing and diligent barista work; Fuller went on to open two other locations in Vancouver and Hawthorne. In his 16 years running Albina Press, several prominent Oregon baristas worked for him, including Barista owner Billy Wilson and Coava founder Matt Higgins.