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Spyhouse

Spyhouse Coffee

Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

2451 Nicollet Ave  Minneapolis, MN 55404

2451 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Spyhouse is a huge and very well laid out shop, with lot’s of seating that surrounds the massive bar. It’s location is ideal and is within walking distance to a bunch of different shops/areas. The feature a La Marzocco machine and use a combination of Stumptown and Verve beans. They have a selection of pastries and yogurts to offer on top of their special Spyhouse drink concoctions. Things like the Carmella, which is a latte with carmel and organic Vanilla. Or, the Spygirl which is a latte with lavender and honey. I had a hard time gaging the coffee because the 8oz drink I ordered really was a 10 oz and made the drink really milky. It was very hard to decipher the flavor, however the shop is great and if they could figure out how to get an 8oz drink, I think they might be great.

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+ Stumptown
+ Cool Space
+ Good Location

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Rustica Bakery

Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

3220 W Lake St  Minneapolis, MN 55416

3220 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN 55416

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A bakery located in the middle of a strip mall/shopping center, Rustica is great. Aside from their amazing food, and assortment of delicious baked goods, they rock the house when it comes to coffee. A Synesso machine and using a single origin from Dogwood Coffee Company and Neon Espresso they bring the house down on good coffee. They don’t do double shots in everything, which is a shame because they got everything else right and makes the drink a little pricy. The space is cool and seems like a good place to socialize and meet people. Their is not really any art on the wall other then some pictures of baked goods. The coffee though was presented very nicely, with a small rosetta and good color. The taste had a little bite to it, but was very good and coupled with their delicious food made me want to come back again only 3 hours later.

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+ Great Food
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+ Bakery

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Catfish Angry Bicycle

Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

4208 28th Ave S  Minneapolis, MN 55406

4208 28th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Name alone, I was sold. This place is 3/4 bike shop, 1/4 coffee shop and all the way awesome. With the smell of fresh inter tubes mixed with coffee, this spot is a must on your coffee journey. Where else can you see a guy working on a fixed-gear bike 10 feet from where they are serving up kick-ass coffee. They rock a great Synesso machine, Intellegencia coffee and serve up some light snacks. The presentation was beautiful with great color, strong texture and the best rosetta I have seen in a long time. The space seats about 30 people and aside from the bike shop that sports everything you would ever need to be a bike messenger, it also has some great art on the wall. The coffee was delicious and very smooth. It does not have as much pop to the flavor as Quixotic does, but still great. Go here!

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+ Bikes
+ Synesso
+ Awesome

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Quixotic

Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

769 Cleveland Ave S  St Paul, MN 55116

769 Cleveland Ave S St Paul, MN 55116

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A cool space in St. Paul. Painted red, with a sort of shotgun layout, they have a pour over station and some really high end pastries. They have a La Marzocco machine and serve Moonshine and Parallel coffee. When asking for a 8oz latte, I was corrected and told that is, I ordered a 8 oz cappuccino and was given my 8oz latte. It was very good also. Smooth, with great flavor, but was also $4.00! I have a hard time recommending this place, because they were kind of assholes about the latte thing, but if you are in St. Paul and can afford the cost of their drinks, this is a good place.

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+ Fancy Pastries
+ Snobby
+ Great Coffee

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Bull Run Coffee

Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

3346 Lyndale Ave S  Minneapolis, MN 55408

3346 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

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This place is not for everyone, but if you like really funky and interesting spots, this place rocks. Pretty small, with a shotgun layout and almost everyone of it’s 15 tables are normally packed. With license plates lining the orange walls this place is decorated with a hipster clientele, this place was a nominee for best coffee by City Pages. I don’t know why they want to brag about being a nominee, because the bragging does all the bragging for them. A La Marzocco machine turns out drinks with great color and solid flavor. The coffee is mild, but tasty. It certainly is not as good as Peace, but a fun place to check out and get a solid cup of coffee while you are at it.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Cool Layout
+ Fun Spot

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Peace Coffee

Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

2801 21st Ave S #130  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

2801 21st Ave S #130 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

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A really amazing space buried in a funky neighborhood in Minneapolis. Colorfully decorated with exposed beams, wood paneling, great art and a really cool paper-mache tree behind the bar. The space has a separate room that looks like it is used for barista training, but when not being used for that, is used for overflow seating with lot’s of light and all the coffee accoutrements to look at. They have some food and snacks and are a little bit overpriced (my latte and scone was $7.50.) However, the quality is very good. The espresso had great presentation, solid color and perfect presentation. It even came with a little gingerbread cookie. The coffee was delicious. Was very smooth, but exploding with a lot of flavors. Very happy about this place and their La Marzocco machine. There is a good reason there are so many people hanging out here. A great spot and I highly recommend.

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+ Food
+ La Marzocco
+ Cool Space

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116 Cafe

Posted on 24 April 2013 by mattbaker

116 S Union Ave   Fergus Falls, MN 56537

116 S Union Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Oh man, I was so stoked to wander into this place and see a single group Synnesso machine and a pour over station. Although this is not really a coffee shop. This place is all about the food. It’s a diner/cafe that serves up some tasty goodness from their full kitchen. The coffee had some great color and some good flavor. It was a little bitter, but I am not going to nitpick, because you are in bloody Fergus Falls Minnesota. However, the second time I came in my 8 oz double shot latte cost me $4.20 and they did ask me if I wanted flavor. I like to forget my second exchange and focus on the first, which was great. Definitely the best bet in FF. Get some great food also!

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+ Cafe
+ Synesso
+ Decent Food

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Detroit Lake

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

808 Washington Ave   Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

808 Washington Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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I know better by excited for coffee shops based off their name, but I have to admit I was a little intrigued to see this on the corner of main street. From the outside, it looked like it might be one of those rare cool coffee shops in a state littered with nothing. After struggling to find the entrance and then realizing I have to go into a small shopping mall even to get in to the place, my positive sentiment quickly dissipated. A huge space, but littered with old folks, odd non-coffee items for sale and a stuffy barista was what greeted me and that was the good things about it. The coffee was bad. I would say, get some drip and one of their sandwiches and use the space to work. That is probably the best case scenario for this joint.

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+ Shopping complex
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+ Old people

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Cyber Coffee

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

210 Jefferson St S   Wadena, MN 56482

210 Jefferson St S
Wadena, MN 56482

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Located right downtown in Wadena this is a huge space on the strip. A really cool space with couches, gaming center, computers on the wall, TV’s and a piano it reminds me of a cyber cafe in Europe. It definitely caters to the teenage demographic and even donate some of their proceeds to teen programs. Could not tell what the machine was, but whatever it was it made some serious garbage coffee. Hopefully they are not serving this to the teens because, they are seriously going to be brought up on drinkable diarrhea. Talking with the barista, he gave me the impression that he knew a little about decent coffee, but when he had to step up to the plate and make some he struck out badly. He steamed my coffee till the sound of the frying milk was so loud I had to plug my ears. Then he filled what was suppose to be my 8 0z drink all the way up to the 12 (the smallest size the have.) It was almost undrinkable and a waste of mouth space. The good part about this place is that it is a cool spot to hang and has a lot of great things you would want in a shop. Coffee is just not one of them.

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+ Internet
+ X-Box
+ Teenage Hang

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Cantabria Coffee

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

211 2nd St NW Bemidji, MN 56601

211 2nd St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

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I have no idea how I ended up here, but I did and here are the things I experienced. First, this place is broken up into many different rooms that are not even attached to the actual shop. It felt like a giant complex of funky art, pizza and trekkies. They use a Simonelli machine and their smallest size was a 16 0z. After a long conversation on how I wanted them to fill the 16 oz cup 1/2 way. It seemed to blow her mind to be honest. It was like watching a Neanderthal learning how the internet works. After a 5 minute explanation, I received a full 16 0z blazing hot latte. I don’t understand how in 30 seconds you can forget exactly what a person wants. The coffee was shit and I would say avoid this place like syphilis.

If you love Mexican styled coffee shops in Minnesota this is your spot. Decorated like a villa on the Gulf of Mexico with paintings of Conquistador’s and pastel flowers, this place is huge. Food, wi-fi, fireplace, computers are all offered here. They roast on site with a Diedrich Roaster and use a Cembali Machine. The coffee was ok. It had some decent flavor, good color, but the fact they don’t serve 8 0z and the coffee was a little hot, made it kind of a let down. Great place to hang though.

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+ Mexican Themed
+ Roaster
+ Funky

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