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Mar 3, 2011 08:33 PM

Coffee stops on roadtrip CA->AZ->NM->TX->OK->KS->MO->IA->MN

Hey guys,

I'm leaving LA for the Twin Cities. I'm driving through Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City. I'm a bit of a coffee snob and can't do the major chains. I would appreciate any recommendations for good coffee for my trip as I'm sure I'll need as much caffeine as gas to make it to Minnesota.


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  1. Welcome to MN. Check out Kopplins in St. Paul. on Hamline Ave just south of Randolph. Also in St. Paul, but closing at the end of March, Amore Coffee


    Amore Coffee
    917 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      +1 for Kopplin's ... if you are coffee snob, this place will make you happy. Wasn't Kopplin's the place that caused some controversy for refusing to let one order espresso to go? (Or was that somewhere in Mpls?)

      Didn't know about Amore closing. I'm not a coffee snob, just married to one, so I can't say whether or not it's a big loss in terms of the quality of coffee served but I do hate to see independently owned coffee places going away.

      1. re: turtlebella

        +2 for Kopplin's. Amazing coffee! The Amore Coffee on Grand in St. Paul is closing, but they do still have a location on Smith that will remain. Bars Bakery in St. Paul also serves Intellgentsia and they have fantabulous treats! Rustica Bakery in Mpls also has a Bull Run Coffee Bar - - and while I've not been there, I've heard great things about it.

        Rustica Bakery
        816 W 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419

        Amore Coffee
        917 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

        Bars Bakery
        612 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

    2. Can make some solid Twin Cities recs if you'll let us know where in the Twin Cities you'll be camped out.

      1. If you're driving up I-35, the Roasterie is convenient to the interstate. You can get a cup as well as buy freshly roasted beans there. If you want a strictly coffee shop, you might have to drive a little further off the interstate, taking more time. Broadway Cafe is highly recommended in that case. They also make good coffee at Room 39, which is fairly convenient to I-35, but it's a restaurant, not a coffee shop. You won't find as much variety, but if Danesi is appealing, they're reliably good.

        1. Amyzan, I'm going to guess that you are talking about some other stretch of I-35 than the one that goes through Minneapolis-St Paul?

          polizei78, if you still seek input on the Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa or Missouri portions of your trip, you'll probably get more responses with a similar post on the Great Plains board.

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          1. re: KTFoley

            Yes, I was referring to the KC area, sorry. I wondered why the post was only here, too.

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