Yesterday morning, the much awaited Dogwood Coffee Co. began serving single brew coffee, cappuccino, espresso and other java drinks as well as some Rustica treats at the new Calhoun Square across from Kitchen Window. Sporting an open layout, church pew seating and a wooden bar, the modern space saw plenty of business today. Hot Dish overheard that opening day was a bit slow, but obviously, as word gets out more and more serious joe drinkers will pay a visit. How brilliant of former Bull Run owner Greg Hoyt to launch the shop mere weeks before Coffee Fest, which will take place only steps away.
Here's a few pics as we enjoyed a cappuccino in Dogwood's brand new digs.
First the cappuccino -- as we expected, it was smooth, creamy and not too hot temperature-wise. Our barista explained that they aspire to match the Italian conception of the drink as much as possible. Using local, non-homogenized milk steamed to a creamy rather than a frothy consistency and keeping the temperature lower than usual makes the dairy blend seamlessly with the espresso. A seltzer on the side helps to freshen the palate. Of course, a full menu of single brews are available at Dogwood too. During our visit, WIH Pesam Village, La Ilusión, Kikai Peaberry and Amaro Gayo Natural were on the carte, along with a Sumatra decaf option.
We liked Dogwood's clean, open design that has light wood and metal touches. The cashier's kiosk is just to the left as you enter Calhoun Square from Hennepin Ave. between Lake and 31st Sts. Large paper overhead lamps light the more enclosed seating area which has a glossy neutral floor and minimalist chairs and stools in addition to pews along the back wall.
But ultimately, Hot Dish recommends the bar seats, which look out on Hennepin Avenue and are great for people watching while you enjoy your premium brew.
Calhoun Square - 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.