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TWO new coffee places in NE Minneapolis?

princebaal Jun 25, 2010 11:49 AM

Ok, so I gather the old Audubon Coffee place is being turned into another coffee place called "The Coffee Shop NE" Is this the same owners/people? I never went to Audubon because they had several signs on the window and door saying they didn't want my business. (No Guns Signs) So, what is the deal with the new place?

Also, north on Johnson St. a few blocks, the old Johnson Street Market now has a new awning that says, "Nordeast Coffee Company" Who are they? Are they open? Is it good?

I would love some local, (non-caribou) type places to get great coffee, and even buy fresh roasted beans if that was an option. Anybody know anything about these places?

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    savvyguy Jul 2, 2010 05:09 PM

    I haven't tried these specific businesses but did try a new place (well, for me) in NE near the Grainbelt building. I think it's called SIP and it's pretty darn awesome. The food is great. The coffee is darn good and roasted off of E. Hennepin very nearby. The have some specialty lattes that are worthwhile. I really like the mint and nutella options. The only downside can be the hours. Also, I don't think the beans are AS good as Alakef but a decent option regardless.

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    1. re: savvyguy
      type2runner Jul 2, 2010 07:50 PM

      more details, and a location/address please. Grainbelt and E Hennepin aren't that close, in my estimation or NE Mpls.

      1. re: type2runner
        type2runner Jul 4, 2010 06:08 PM

        Sip appears to be IN the grain belt brewery complex, on 13th Ave. and west of Marshall. At least that was what the sign looked like, as I ran past today. I was dealing with the discomfort of the half marathon, and I was past the sign before I realized what it said. 13th ave is one block north of Broadway.

        1. re: type2runner
          savvyguy Jul 7, 2010 08:21 AM

          I agree that my response was not very clear. Since you like Nordeast, SIP is a fantastic coffee house with limited hours yet great coffee, eats and treats. It's located in the Grainbelt Brewery near the Intersection of Broadway and Marshall on 13th Ave (turn at stoplight on 13th/Marshall and go toward river on dead end street).

          Seemingly, you like to buy local or from independent business. They use beans roasted off E. Hennepin so this option is right up your alley. I DO prefer Duluth Alakef beans (which I buy either at Kitchen Window or Wilde Roast) over these; however, this option is a very good alternative.

          Kitchen Window
          3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          Wilde Roast Cafe
          518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

          1. re: savvyguy
            soupkitten Jul 7, 2010 08:57 AM

            for clarification, i believe it's b&w coffee (east hennepin) that's referenced. they are an excellent local roaster.

            1. re: soupkitten
              astadtler Jul 8, 2010 10:39 PM

              SIP has been there a while, I work across the street. They also have a different sandwich everyday and pretty decent oatmeal in the mornings.


              Yes its right by Broadway/I-94, 1 block off broadway on Marshal in the back of the Grainbelt Complex.

      2. Foureyes137 Jun 27, 2010 07:17 AM

        Some of Audubon's employees took over the old Audubon space and the original owners are opening a new shop next to The Anchor on 13th NE.

        I have to think weapons still aren't welcome here, they just may not have put the sign up yet.

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        1. re: Foureyes137
          princebaal Jun 27, 2010 08:41 AM

          Well darn. No coffee for me if that’s the case. I wonder if some of these businesses realize all the dollars they leave outside or turn toward a competitor by posting that silly little sign? Oh well, vote with your dollar!

          1. re: princebaal
            chipotlero Jul 1, 2010 09:28 AM

            non-starbucks-wise in northeast, have you checked out lily's at central and 33rd?

            small kitchen. but the coffee's good. and it's a very pleasant (and funky) spot. the patios's nice.


            1. re: chipotlero
              princebaal Jul 2, 2010 02:33 PM

              Is that the old Columbia Grounds spot? I guess I haven't been there since the change. I will do that though.

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