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Jun 1, 2011 01:30 PM

Espresso Recommendations

Hello there,

Wondering where people have found the best espresso beans in the TC area?

My FIL is really into his new espresso maker and I'd like to get him some good espresso beans for Father's Day...thought I'd do a little bit of research first, beyond Starbucks & Caribou :)

Thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. Maybe Bull Run at the Rustica Bakery?

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

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    1. re: sandylc

      Bull Run Coffee at 3346 Lyndale, the new coffee bar sells the Matador blend which is pretty solid. Mellow acid, rich, sweet and balanced.

    2. You're entering a bold country. Most espresso makers sold in the US can't pull the temperature and pressure needed to make a true espresso. Unless you're talking a high end espresso maker, the quality of the beans is pretty much irrelevant. Get something decent (like Peace Coffee), grind into a as fine a powder as you can, and fire away.

      It's similar to folks worrying about what's the best coffee beans when using a drip maker - which is what I use most of the time. There's bad, OK, and good. But unless you use a French Press, you're not going to make a great coffee, so bean quality - to some extent - is irrelevant - like asking what's the best olive oil around if you're using it to saute mushrooms.

      If you want to keep it local, try Peace Coffee, they have the best beans I've found - in general - their Sumatra Mandheling is the best I've found for that bean, hands down. For an odd ball recommendation, try the coffee joint in the Sears at Mall of America, ground floor, in the tools section. No lie. That guy has some exceptional coffees. Expensive, but some of the highest quality coffee beans I've found in the metro area.

      In the end, quality espresso isn't about the beans, it's about the technique.

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      1. re: foreverhungry

        The place in Sears is the second outlet of Coffee & Tea Ltd. The original location is still open at Upton & 43rd St. in Minneapolis (Linden Hills neighborhood) and it's very good, nothing oddball about it.

        No need to go to MOA.

        1. re: KTFoley

          Ah, that's right, I forgot about the original Linden Hills area location. I don't venture into Linden Hills often. By "oddball", I meant that it's interesting to have a high end coffee purveyor in the tools department at Sears at MOA. Yes, I agree, it's very good.