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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
How much is Kopplin's gourmet coffee worth to you? Wait till you see what a $15,000 donation gets youAs 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The site of some fierce competitionThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Freshly roasted, Flamenco-styleWhen 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 >>
Good cupping crusts at Café ImportsRecently 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 >>
Coffee connoisseurs are getting jittery over Bull Run openingBull 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 >>
Bull Run's cup of loveThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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