BEST COFFEE (BY THE POUND) - 2005
224 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1014
Two words make this the best pound of coffee to take home: Nordeast mud. It's rich. It's oily (that's a good thing in Coffeeland). It's smoother than anything this complex should be and goes down like good chocolate. It has a taste so dense you could stand a spoon up in it. And the loyal regulars at this very regular-y neighborhood coffee shop love it. Not your neighborhood, you say? That's exactly why you need a pound to take home. Dark roast isn't your thing? Get the Fair Trade Bolivian instead: Light and mildly acidic, it hides its caffeine punch. In fact, Taraccino stocks 20 roasts toasted up to order just for them, many of them made with fair trade organic beans and priced at $10 to $11 per pound. This Nordeast coffee shop probably wasn't on your regular shopping rounds but, there you go, now it is.