If you're looking for a really serious cup of coffee, the kind that justifies its $4 to $5 price point, check out the new Blackeye Roasting Co. in the downtown Minneapolis skyway.
Their big calling card is coffee on tap — so think cold brew, which is what you're thinking now that it's summer, right? The nitro cold brew arrives with a head on it, almost like beer. It's thicker and richer, and even though it's black, you could almost be tricked into thinking there's a little note of dairy in there. Nope. Just thick rich, black brew.
Blackeye is a little company that started in a basement. Now it has coffee on tap at over 60 places, and cold brew in cans at over 100 retail establishments.
We like the shop because it's super no-nonsense. No sad prewrapped sandwiches floundering away soggily in a cold case. No food at all as a matter of fact. This is a specialty place in every sense. They have coffee, and a few other beverages, also on tap, incuding Kombucha, in flavors like lychee jasmine, which are icy and effervescent and so pleasant you might forget you're in fact drinking fermented tea.
They've also got nitro iced tea on tap, all the coffee drinks you know and love (espresso, mocha, cappuccino, etc.) as well as a few flavor syrups that are of course housemade, including vanilla lavender, and that's about it.
And that's all you need.
The space is that poured granite-floor, faux-marble countertop, hip jams on the Bose, and cute bearded baristas kind of place — all of it screaming "modern urban hipster coffee here!" And perhaps you are a little fatigued of that sort of coffee shop. But the fact that it has the potential to enliven a corner of downtown that could use a little enlivening makes it a welcome additon.
It's in a skyway space that's off the beaten track on the corner of Second Avenue and Fourth Street, kitty-corner from the Hotel Minneapolis. The somewhat fusty building has a decent roster of grab-and-go eats, the very good Andrea Pizza being one of them. The foot traffic between the two could create some nice symbiosis.
Fuel that traffic with some nitro coffee on tap, why don't you?
330 Second Ave. S. Minneapolis