MSP/STP: Where to Get Your Favorite Latte (or latte-like beverage)
We recently moved to Saint Paul from Washington, DC. For those of you who have been to DC and have had the pleasure of sipping a latte at Tryst in Adam's Morgan, that is my gold standard. I like ample milk, foamed thick and creamy, with a strong, but not bitter espresso. The other day I had a cafe cubano at Swede Hollow Cafe that was really out of this world--so far the best milky-coffee beverage I've had in MN. I'm hoping others will share their favorite latte locales -- particularly in Saint Paul, but Mpls is OK too.
I personally like the original Dunn Brothers on Grand Ave in Saint Paul. I am a latte fan (post noon) and a black coffee fan (pre noon) - free parking in the lot as marked. Not the lot attached to the coffee shop.
I have had Koplin's coffee - it was excellent - but I haven't had a latte there.
I have also had amazing lattes at the Coffee News Cafe also on grand - they give you a pint glass & I like that much better than foam or cardboard.
Dunn Bros Coffee
1569 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
You've already found one of my favorites: Swede Hollow. Best, in my limited experience, is Kopplin's on Hamline in St. Paul. I also liked Black Sheep, in South St. Paul, very much the few times I made it over there. Cafe Amore used to make a decent Cubano (although I think that's ended), as did Brewberry's. BCC on Wabasha makes a nice cold brewed iced coffee. I hear Coffee, Tea LTD in Minneapolis make a good cup too.
Brewberry's-The Coffee Place
475 Fairview Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105
Black Sheep Coffee Cafe
705 Southview Blvd, South Saint Paul, MN 55075
Bread Coffee and Cake
385 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
917 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Coffee and Tea Ltd.
2730 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
I'm a fan of Amore Coffee (see the places link in clepro's reply). I'm a tea drinker and they make a lovely one with Earl Gray, honey and steamed milk.
Once I started making cold "brewed" every other coffee drink since then tastes bitter, burnt, or just plain awful. If I go to a coffee shop these days, I drink tea.
Koplins! not only is the coffee the best but they use our best local organic non-homogenized and very tasty milk.
kopplins is amazing. for those who haven't yet, get over there and have a coffee on the clover. the clover is what many see as the future of coffee brewing equipment and is able to really capture the nuance possible in a great craft-roasted coffee. their coffee is from paradise roasters in ramsey, a roastery that has caught national attention with amazing coffee sourcing.
also, peter middlecamp of the black sheep coffee cafe was a finalist at the United States Barista Championship this past May. definitely worth the trip.
(i know what you mean about tryst. my office is around the corner in adams morgan and i'm friends with their coffee trainer)