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klund
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Posted Wed Apr 25, 2012, 7:54am
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I will be in downtown Minneapolis with a need for espresso tomorrow morning. Is there anyplace that's worth visiting, or will I settle for Dunn Bros/Caribou and make something decent when I get back home?

Thanks!

 
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Posted Sat Apr 28, 2012, 3:28pm
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klund Said:

I will be in downtown Minneapolis with a need for espresso tomorrow morning. Is there anyplace that's worth visiting, or will I settle for Dunn Bros/Caribou and make something decent when I get back home?

Thanks!

Posted April 25, 2012 link

If you are coming in on 35 from the south, several good ones mentioned within the thread are worth a stop before you hit downtown.

B|Java

 
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Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 5:34am
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Been awhile since we have had MSP/MN reviews.  Visiting our daughters this weekend and hit the Urban Bean on the way in to church:

Urban Bean on Lyndale.

Back to the crawls.  

This morning on the way to church, we stopped on Lyndale at the Urban Bean.  http://urbanbeancoffee.com/  Owner Greg Martin was working the two-group Synesso.  I ordered a cortado.

They use Dogwood's coffees -- and their own special espresso blend.

2 ounce shot topped with 1.5 ounces of very tight, frothy milk, served in a Gibraltar glass.  Choc's and caramels; well extracted with great milk and pour. Coffee is relatively light as espresso goes and I think the blend might get lost in a latte.  Will have to try it and see on the next trip.

Minimalist, modern decor.  Not my style but quite popular now.  Quite slow on a Sunday morning but this end of Lyndale doesn't wake up until 11am, per my daughter who used to reside in the neighborhood.

Greg tossed me 4 oz of an Idido on the way out the door -- "try it, you will enjoy."  Thanks Greg and see you next visit for more coffee chatter when 3 women aren't watching my time meter.

Worthy stop.

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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 6:43am
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Last time I was in town, I hit the Buzz Coffee and Cafe in Burnsville.  Shop gets an "F" for the coffee.

Shop doubles as a waffle joint.  Acoustics are bad and several families were dining with the kids.  That's super and clearly a primary goal of their business plan but not conducive to the coffee venture at all.  It serves as a local cafe.  Got it.

Knew I was in trouble when the barista looked quizzically at me when I posed, "Can you make a good cortado?"  Had to explain what a cortado was.  Ooops.  Then, she steamed (should I say 'foamed') the milk before even grinding the coffee.  Double oops.  Then, when I asked if she had a 4 oz or so water glass to serve it in, she held up an 8 oz coffee cup and said, "how about this."

Coffee was from Roastery 7 in Brooklyn Center, an FTO roaster.  It was all roast dominant and I thought that except for a Zocco, I was in Starbucks.  Come for the waffles but pass on the coffee.

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