• Calendar

    November 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    How to order coffee without sounding like a tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Why we hate the tableside pour-over coffee service

    When pour-over coffee first became "a thing," it seemed like a breath of pure oxygen amid the slowly fading '90s coffee culture of no-foam, half-caf, and whipped cream-topped. Its process is transparent, allows for control over a number of variables, and can easily be adapted for a single drinker. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    10 reasons why your barista hates you

    Your barista hates you. We're sure that became clear the first time you ordered a no-foam latte and didn't tip, but it's worth repeating. Since Hot Dish cares about your well-being and wants to foster healthy relationships between you and the people you deal with in the service industry, we've compi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Gibraltar at Parka: Get buzzed with this drink of the week

    GibraltarParka$3We tend to get a little tongue-tied when ordering the Gibraltar at Parka. First, there are a number of Rs to potentially swallow and then there's the whole hard versus soft G or J sound, like the ages old (in Internet timeline terms) argument over gif or forgetting whether Gilli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    First Look: Five Watt Coffee in Kingfield blends coffee and cocktail bitters

    Just over a week ago, the Kingfield neighborhood welcomed Five Watt, the newest addition to Minneapolis's flourishing coffee scene. Five Watt, owned by former Bull Run Coffee Bar employees Caleb Garn and Lee Carter, is a community-oriented coffee house serving specialty drinks concocted by Carter an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Ask Hot Dish: Where can I get a Flat White?

    We at the Hot Dish love helping eaters find the perfect dining or drinking experience. In a new ongoing series, we'll be answering your most pressing food- and drink-related questions. If you've got a query, email us and you might see your question and our answer here. I just moved back to the Twin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Extraction Coffee Co. brings cold brewed coffee to your doorstep

    The milkman is a quaint symbol of times gone by, but we've got other delivery services in mind. As we gear up for a spring spent sipping iced coffee on the patio, we have our sights trained on Extraction Coffee Co., a new cold brewed coffee delivery service.After a successful Kickstarter campaign la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Keen Eye Coffee now open in Standish-Ericsson

    Just kitty-corner to well-loved brewpub Northbound Smokehouse, Keen Eye Coffee quietly opened two weeks ago in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood. The shop is making its home in the same space that was once Tillie's Bean, one of southeast Minneapolis's few independent coffee shops at the time it clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul

    If the resounding "Shhh!" of librarians doesn't quite motivate you, and you need a little more hustle-bustle in the background as you work, there's no place like a coffee shop. No matter how hard you brainstorm during the day, sometimes genius strikes only after dark; so we found a few St. Paul ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis

    Whether you're a student up late trying to cram for your next test, a writer trying to finish that last chapter, or just about anyone who likes the calm, nighttime ambiance of coffee shops, you know it can be difficult to find a good spot to work after dusk. Fortunately for you, we've done the locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    How to brew iced coffee at home [RECIPE]

    The hot accessory for summer is a mason jar filled with craft-brewed iced coffee. Many of our favorite coffee shops are now selling growlers of their iced brew. The only drawback is that they take the DIY satisfaction out of the brew process (not to mention, some of these options are a bit steep in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Top 10 coffeehouses in the Twin Cities

    ​The second wave of coffee awareness has seized the Cities.  Where once we happily sipped diner swill for $1.50, when we were introduced to Starbucks the coffee snob revolution began. Now we have single-cup brewing of fair trade beans and elegant surroundings in which to savor them.  We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Kopplin's Coffee asks for help with upcoming move

    How much is Kopplin's gourmet coffee worth to you? Wait till you see what a $15,000 donation gets you​As anyone who's been offered free pizza and beer in exchange for a little moving muscle knows, bribery helps.  So as Kopplin's coffee shop begins to build out its new space at 2038 Marshall A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Twin Cities Coffee Guild website debuts as a hub for local java info

    www.twincitiescoffeeguild.comThe newest coffee klatch: TC Coffee Guild.​Gordon Bellaver, manager and part owner of Bull Run coffee shop at 34th and Lyndale, says his inspiration to start a Twin Cities Coffee Guild began one day several months ago when he was at another local coffee shop. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Angry Catfish to host barista competition

    Marsha TrainerAfter winning the last latte art competition, Gordon Bellaver will judge this one.​The Twin Cities barista competition is back. This time, the late-night latte art-making event takes place on Thursday, July 14, at Angry Catfish, beginning at 10 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.). Many deta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Bull Run's latte art throwdown crowns a winner

    The site of some fierce competition​The huddle of plaid smokers in front of Bull Run Coffee at 10:00 p.m. was the first clue that something unusual was going on Thursday at the coffeehouse on Lyndale Avenue. As the Hot Dish crossed the threshold, a serious coffee crowd was enjoying the sounds of S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Bull Run Coffee hosts latte art throwdown

    Bull Run takes latte art to the limit.​Bull Run Coffee's new shop at 3346 Lyndale Avenue S. has already been open one month and will be celebrating with a grand opening party and latte art "throwdown" this Thursday. The shop will be hosting a special guest, coffee-geek guru Michael Phillips, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Blue Ox Coffee coming soon to 38th & Chicago

    Coffee comes to 38th/Chicago.​Following the commercial revival happening on South Nicollet Avenue, things are similarly picking up over on Chicago Avenue. Mike Stebnitz, Thom Pham's former business partner, is redeveloping a building at 38th Avenue and giving foodies a reason to stop on histo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Boiler Room Coffee reopens in Stevens Square

    Courtesy Boiler Room CoffeeThe new Boiler Room staff strikes a pose.​After shuttering its doors abruptly last fall, Boiler Room Coffee is once again open on Third Avenue just south of downtown Minneapolis. This is good news for residents of Stevens Square, where nearby coffee shops are limited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Dunn Brothers Coffee Lab debuts the latest coffee geek gadget

    Pour-over pots: Changes are brewing at Dunn Bros Coffee Lab...​About a year ago, Dunn Bros. owners took over a former franchise at University Ave and 280 and turned it into an experimental shop--or coffee lab. No more coffee as commodity: the focus is now on tailored brewing and made-to-order ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Spyhouse upgrades its coffee offerings

    This coffee might look the same--until you taste it. ​At first glace, the inky liquid being poured in your mug might look the same, but Spyhouse has upgraded its coffee service over the past few months to more closely resemble some of the other "third wave" shops in town, such as Kopplin's, B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Peace Coffee serves its first cup at new shop

    Liz PotasekPeace Coffee Barista Adam Marquardt prepares a flavorful cup of slow brewed coffee by measuring and grinding the beans, carefully wetting the grounds and pouring just the right amount of water into the filter.​With a disco ball, a light fixture made from old bike parts, and an array of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Flamenco Organic: NE roastery seeks the ultimate in fair-trade coffee

    Freshly roasted, Flamenco-style​When Dave Chall, of restaurant supplier Upper Midwest Gourmet, originally thought of coffee, he viewed it simply as an additional revenue stream. But now the bean arm of his NE Minneapolis operation, Flamenco Organic, is at the forefront of the local java industry. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Café Imports--the Twin Cities' elite coffee importer

    Good cupping crusts at Café Imports​Recently we received a cupping invitation from Café Imports, the St. Paul wholesaler whose beans fill the Clover machines of all the best Twin Cities coffee shops, and we jumped at the chance. Cafe imports knows the process from plant to cup, and the invitatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Bull Run prepares to open flagship shop next month

    Coffee connoisseurs are getting jittery over Bull Run opening​Bull Run Roasting Co submitted its Shea Architects-designed plans to the city in mid-August for its upcoming and much anticipated space in the revamped Calhoun Square, smack dab where a Starbucks used to be. Bull Run's first outpos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Bull Run vs. Kopplin's in a battle for the best cup of coffee

    Bull Run's cup of love​The Twin Cities is a coffee shop mecca with literally hundreds of places to grab a mugful. Nonetheless, local connoisseurs know there are only two real contenders in the battle of the bean: Bull Run Coffee Bar in Minneapolis and Kopplin's in St. Paul. As summer wanes, it's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Peace Coffee is brewing up its first shop

    Courtesy of Peace CoffeePeace Coffee buys the beans and roasts them, and now they'll brew them, too, at a coffee shop opening this fall in Longfellow.​Peace Coffee already sources and roasts the beans for our morning cup, and starting this fall, it will brew them up at a new coffee shop in the Lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    AeroPress: Is it the best home coffee maker yet?

    In the past few years, the Clovers, Slayers, and Japanese siphons debuting at retail coffee shops have been hogging the conversation in coffee technology. Meanwhile, the lowly little AeroPress, invented in 2005, has stayed largely under the radar. The AeroPress, if you're not familiar with it (watc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    See Bull Run's supercool coffee siphon in action

    Check out our video of Bull Run's siphon brewer.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Consumer Reports rates blended coffee mostly all lame

    Consumer Reports turns up its nose at coffee blends, prefering single-source coffees.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Bull Run Coffee Cafe opening delayed

    Don't worry, the god shot is coming soon.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Worst Cups of Coffee - St. Paul edition

    Heavy Table unloads on the St. Paul coffee scene.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Free espresso @ Caribou this Sunday and Monday

    Caribou's here to help you cope with daylight savings time.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Starbucks "Teatime:" oh so very meh.

    Starbucks Tazo's customers with mediocrity.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008
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    May 20, 2008
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    May 6, 2008
  • Restaurants

    March 12, 2008

    Ramsey is a coffee hot spot

    Some of the world's best java comes through the Minnesota town

  • Restaurants

    September 27, 2006

    Happy on the Inside

    Sculpture, sunshine, and soul-sustaining sandwiches in Seward

  • Restaurants

    February 15, 2006

    Peaceable Kingdom

    Fair trade brews are popping up all over, but Peace Coffee is still a cup apart

  • Restaurants

    March 16, 2005

    Coffee Shops with Benefits

    Light- or dark-roast? Far more intriguing choices--like booze!--await at a new generation of coffeehouses.

  • Restaurants

    February 2, 2005

    Truffles Save

    Legacy Chocolates, the newest of the St. Paul chocolatiers, proposes that great taste can heal us all

  • Restaurants

    August 18, 2004

    Wilde, Civilized

    An ambitious café brings Oscar Wilde--and a vibrant dose of community--to life in Northeast Minneapolis

  • Restaurants

    May 7, 2003

    Karlen's Karma

    An oral history of a single drink at ice cream haven Sebastian Joe's

  • Restaurants

    June 26, 2002

    Magic Bean Stocks

    The enlightened self-interest of brewing a great cup of coffee

  • Restaurants

    July 19, 2000

    Nowhere but Here

    “One time we made chocolate butter. It was absolutely the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen—slimy, terrible.”

  • Restaurants

    March 3, 1999
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    March 19, 1997
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