I went on the Caffeine Crawl last weekend (which was AWESOME), but haven’t had time to write about it yet because I’ve been working crazy hours. Expect a post about the Crawl soon!
Minneapolis Coffee blog thoughts, questions, ideas
I made a questionnaire for all things related to coffee and this blog. Please check it out!
One year ago I was still living in Michigan and finishing up my senior year of high school. Now here I am, a year older, done with my freshman year of college, and hanging out at a coffee shop (Caffetto, in case you were wondering). So many things have changed in a year, even in the last few months. I’ll be moving into an apartment this weekend; I have a job as a barista that I love; I declared my art major in school; and I’ve started biking in the city.
I’ve always loved coffee. I can’t remember when I started drinking it, but it’s been a huge influence on my life. It inspired me to start a blog last summer and helped me to explore an unfamiliar city. I’m fortunate enough to have people who are interested in reading about my thoughts and coffee related experiences on here, and have been able to reach a larger audience that I’d ever hoped for.
Somehow my blog was discovered by a group bringing the Caffeine Crawl to Minneapolis and they were interested in having me write about it. Next weekend (6/1) I’ll be exploring 6 coffee shops and trying a variety of new drinks. I’ll be learning about espresso, brewing methods, and other coffee related things. I can’t wait!
I’ve also recently achieved one of my bucket list goals: Become a barista. It’s hard to put into words how incredibly excited I am to be a barista in downtown Minneapolis. I discovered last summer how extraordinarily hard it is to get a job in a coffee shop without previous experience. Over the past year I’ve had a few jobs as a wait assistant, which led me to finding and being a part of a new restaurant opening downtown. As an added bonus to the great people, great location, and overall awesome restaurant, they also decided to train me as a barista for the cafe.
That’s all the exciting new I have for the moment! I should probably start biking home, because it’s late and it started raining. Hopefully summer will come to Minneapolis soon, because I’d really like to put away my jacket.
Have a lovely caffeinated night!
Next weekend (6/1), I have the opportunity to participate in and write about the 2013 Minneapolis Caffeine Crawl! For those coffee lovers in the Twin Cities area, tickets are only $30 and include Crawl souvenirs and a drink at each of the 6 stops on the Crawl tour.
More information (and coffee shop reviews) coming soon!
This post is almost entirely unrelated to drinking coffee in Minneapolis, which was my main theme starting this blog. But as my life changes, this blog will evolve to accommodate those changes.
The last part of the list, red and crossed out, are things I’ve done. I spent an hour learning a bird call today and could finally cross it off. It felt great! I saw a wedding proposal at work, despite the fact that the women’s bathroom began flooding right before it happened. I was in there with a mop and a squeegee gross and sweaty, and still managed to peek behind the curtain and seem the man get down on his knee. Some things might seem silly, but every one was important to me.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
First Impression: Oh, coffee. I’m always hesitant to go to Dunn Bros because I prefer independent ones. I was craving coffee as usual, and decided to give it a shot. The first thing I noticed walking in was the circle of comfortable chairs around the fireplace, situated in the center of the room. Hmm, this looks like an independent shop.
Appearance/Atmosphere: Everything was in one large, open room. There was a circle of chairs, as I mentioned before, that encircled the circular fireplace. A ring of lights above the chairs provided nice lighting. Two walls are red, the far back one is steel/silver, and the other wall is yellow with some places of exposed white brick. The ceiling is a dark brown with large old-fashioned tiles, and an aluminum air vent ran along the middle. There are two white peeling columns and two wooden posts. The floor is red/orange worn concrete. Tables and chairs are simple, square, and black. Between the chairs around the fireplace, there are assorted antique trunks, chests, and small dressers. Behind the black bar there’s a black, handwritten menu on the wall. Bags of coffee sat along the front, waiting to be sold. Window seats at a bar looking out onto Lake St. were available. Art and painted stained glass windows hang in the windows, and various pieces hang on the walls as well. There a very awesome antique mirror on the yellow wall. A section in the back is dedicated to roasting coffee beans, and is done in the store.
Music: Good, indie music at a great volume. Speakers were all around. I didn’t recognize any music, which doesn’t happen often.
Vibe: Relaxed, hip. There was a wide range of ages, but thankfully no kids. People were talking, music was playing, and the workers were cleaning, but it didn’t feel chaotic.
Coffee: I had a Carmel Mocha that came in a bright yellow cup. How did they know yellow was my favorite color?! Their menu is detailed and offered a lot of choices. The prices were average, and might be a tad higher.
Service: Two nice baristas quickly made my drink. There was a steady stream of customers, so they were always busy.
Notes: I might come back here to hang out with friends during school. There are a lot of groups of 2 that appear to be catching up. It’s a nice place, but I think it’s too loud to study at.
I don’t know if those reading this reviews have noticed yet, but my rating system is very inconsistent. One of my favorite places is 3 stars, which leads me to believe that my stars don’t equate to how much I like the coffee shop. I’m not sure exactly why I give them the rating that I do, but don’t let a low rating deter you from trying them. Also, I don’t have any other drawings of coffee related things, so please enjoy my drawing of an eye.
First Impression: Many of these sound the same because my thought walking in the door is “Oh yum, coffee soon!”
Appearance/Atmosphere: This part is hard to write eloquently. It almost always ends up in choppy fragments, due to the fact that I’m writing things as I see them. Usually when I write this part I’ll look around, write something down, and look around again. I’m more interested in getting the details down than worrying about how it sounds together.
Vibe: It’s really hard to describe the vibe of a place sometimes. When I say that a place is chill or relaxed, I mean that I feel comfortable there. I’m not worried about looking a certain way or feeling that the other customers are judging me.
Music: I pay special attention to music in coffee shops. There are many factors that go towards good coffee shop music, such as volume, content, and vibe. Sometimes a grungy (I mean that affectionately) shop will have metal music playing and it won’t seem out-of-place or odd. However, if a cute little shop played screamo music it wouldn’t really jive with the vibe. It all depends on the mood of the place.
Coffee: I like coffee. Unfortunately, my knowledge of it is limited. I don’t know anything about growing beans, roasting them, or grinding them. When I say that my coffee was good, I mean that it was good and I’d have it again. That’s all I can tell you about the drink!
Service: If the workers are friendly and nice, then wonderful. That’s all I ask for!
Notes: If I can’t classify something under the other categories, I’ll put it here. I’ll also write things I think of later here.
As you can see, these aren’t very technical reviews. For the newer reviews I’ll try to come up with a more accurate system.
Enjoy the snow and safe travels!