Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Best Deal on Local Coffee Beans

The cheapest, best coffee beans roasted in Minnesota


Published:

I love coffee, and we have some incredible local roasters. I'm a big fan of buying the beans from Dogwood Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee, Bootstrap Coffee Roasters, and Peace Coffee. Those have been my top four. (I also loved Bull Run when it was around.) Incredible quality, integrity in sourcing, and wonderful people behind each operation.

I am price-sensitive on coffee, though.... OK—I'm a little cheap. I drink two cups a day, typically, and grind my own beans at work. (As you know, I'm up at 2:30 a.m. to be on WCCO-TV, so coffee is critical to my life.) Dogwood's single-origin coffees are typically $18 for 12 ounces ($1.50/ounce). Same with Bootstrap. Spyhouse is $1722 for 10 ounces ($1.70–$2.20/ounce), while Peace Coffee's alchemy series is $14 for 12 ounces ($1.16/ounce). 

Mike from Pizza Nea had been encouraging me to check out UP Coffee Roasters in Northeast Minneapolis, so I finally got out there, and holy buckets! It's great coffee in an adorable setting, and it's also really inexpensive! (For the record: The Cafe has breakfast and lunch, lovely panini sandwiches, and the service was great; the baristas can do anything you want.)

Here's the big revelation, though: They sell all their beans to the public at wholesale prices. So, buying wholesale Costa Rica Red Honey beans (which have bright, beautiful cherry and sweet notes) is just $15 for a pound (94 cents/ounce). I also bought a pound of Ethiopia Natural Guji, with raspberry and chocolate notes, for only $13.50/pound (84 cents/ounce).

It's tucked away in an industrial area off Hennepin, not far from the Como neighborhood by the University of Minnesota. But UP shouldn't be a secret anymore. Get over there, and tell me what you think. @DeRushaEats

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

3 Hot Twin Cities Lunches

Here are the great deals and meals you can get by visiting Surly, Campus Cafe, and the Naughty Greek for lunch

Cinnamon Popcorn Crunch Recipe

Whip up this sweet and salty snack for game-day get-togethers or cozy movie nights

Tacos & Tequila After Dark

Kick off your Super Bowl celebrations with Minnesota Monthly. Dance the night away at our exclusive, first annual Tacos & Tequila After Dark event on Jan. 31 from 9 p.m. to the stroke of midnight.

Posole with Chorizo, Pepitas and Cotija Recipe

Spice up your day with comforting, hearty South-of-the-Border inspired soup

3 Things to Eat This Week: Jan. 10–14

Banana cake with peanut butter frosting, plus two more things to eat, recommended by food critic Joy Summers

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille Recipe

A healthy, flavorful vegetable stew is made even easier in your slow cooker

35 Bucks for a Cocktail. Is It Worth It?

A NE Minneapolis speakeasy experience with a premium cocktail. But should you pay $35?

Mediterranean White Bean Hummus Recipe

A different savory dip for veggies, crackers or bread will be a welcome change of pace in this season of sweets

Best Restaurants of 2017

Food critic Jason DeRusha picks the best new and current restaurants in the Twin Cities Minneapolis and St. Paul and suburbs
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags