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zerogeek
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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012, 11:04pm
Subject: Road Trip (OR to WI) - Coffee stops needed!
 

I am planning a road trip from Portland, OR to Appleton, WI in June.  The trip will take me the following route:
I-84 East to eastern OR
US-395 North to Spokane
I-90 East to Billings, MT
I-94 East to Wisconsin (I have taken the southern I-94 route many times, just changing it up)

Once I leave I-94 in WI, I'm near family and have knowledge of decent shops.  I hope that the forums here can suggest decent coffee stops along the trail!  I will bring beans and a hand grinder, but would love to find a bunch of interesting shops to grab a latte along the way.

Where have you been?
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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2012, 5:23pm
Subject: Re: Road Trip (OR to WI) - Coffee stops needed!
 

We're about 20-30 minutes north of 94 in Ramsey Minnesota, but you can stop by our roastery if thats not too much of a detour.  We have an espresso machine, just about every brewer there is, and some of the best, freshest coffee around.

Otherwise Blue Ox is just south of 94 in South Minneapolis (http://blueoxcoffeecompany.com/), and Dogwood is in Uptown (http://www.dogwoodcoffee.com).

 
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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2012, 7:05pm
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Give Brian a stop. They roast SUPER beans. Quickly becoming my "go to" supplier. Super quick shipping, flat rate.
CraigJS in White Bear Lake.

http://www.paradiseroasters.com/
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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2012, 7:47pm
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Brian... I'm adding you to my list!  Love to see that one of the sites has the Coava Kone pictured.  Coava is my favorite local roaster right now (Their Honduras - Benjamin Miranda is my favorite!).  

If I get a good idea of timing when heading through, I'd love to set up a time to meet you!  My wife added a day to our trip to make sure I have time to make it to spots that aren't right off the highway :)  I just worry about finding spots in MT and ND - hate to lose the opportunity over that many miles.
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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2012, 2:54pm
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If you're through Minneapolis/St. Paul make sure to stop at Kopplin's Coffee. I know some of the other shops in the area are bigger named, but Kopplins is simply the best of the best of the best.
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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2012, 3:10pm
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Am I going to have to set up a coffee crawl just for the Minneapolis/St Paul area?  :)

I hope to get info on the rest of the states before the trip!
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Posted Fri Apr 20, 2012, 11:52am
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There is Revel Coffee Roasters in Billings MT. I have had the espresso blend before pretty solid.

http://www.revelcoffee.com/

 
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Posted Sat Apr 28, 2012, 2:45pm
Subject: Re: Road Trip (OR to WI) - Coffee stops needed!
 

zerogeek Said:

I am planning a road trip from Portland, OR to Appleton, WI in June.  

Once I leave I-94 in WI, I'm near family and have knowledge of decent shops.  I hope that the forums here can suggest decent coffee stops along the trail!  I will bring beans and a hand grinder, but would love to find a bunch of interesting shops to grab a latte along the way.

Where have you been?

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lol , coming to Appleton was just about the last thing I thought I would see. I'm interested in hearing what your favorite stops are in the area. As, I have a couple I stop by but normally just order beans in from outside of Appleton.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 28, 2012, 3:41pm
Subject: Re: Road Trip (OR to WI) - Coffee stops needed!
 

zerogeek Said:

Am I going to have to set up a coffee crawl just for the Minneapolis/St Paul area?  :)

I hope to get info on the rest of the states before the trip!

Posted April 15, 2012 link

Set your mind to it and reserve about six hours for the Twin Cities.  From west, to south, to southeast and then north:

Rustica's
Dogwood Coffee (Uptown area)
Angry Catfish (for the ambiance, if nothing else)
Bull Run
Blue Ox
Black Sheep
Kopplins
Quixotic

That should keep you busy.   Crawl the Twin Cities .

B|Java

 
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Dave Borton
St Paul, MN
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 12:32am
Subject: Re: Road Trip (OR to WI) - Path Change... ideas?
 

Ok... my travel plans have changed a little.  

On the way out, we have decided to drop south at Billings and take SD into WI.  Per suggestions here, I will stop at Revel on the way through Billings (that would be sometime on June 3 (hope they are open on Sunday's!).  My wife has also allowed me some hours in the Minneapolis area to hit some of the shops mentioned (I'm a lucky man!).

The trip back will be all new drive for us.  We are heading down to Chicago as we leave to take my son to the sci/industry museum, so the trip back will be I-80 through Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, into Utah, before hitting 84 into Idaho, the rest of the way home.


My family doesn't really know good coffee in the area.  I tried Beaners last time I was home (the name changed, but it was Beaners years ago) on College Ave in Appleton.  Not really impressed... The barista sold me a macchiato in a 12oz paper cup?
There was a post in this thread from a fellow WI native (dtlord) - what can you suggest for the week I'm actually in town?


Thanks in advance-
Scott
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