J & S Bean Factory in St Paul. This is one of my long-standing favorite roasters in the Twin Cities. My friend Jodi introduced me to their delicious coffee a few years ago. The Bean Factory roasts their coffee on site, just on the other side of a window, where you can watch what they are up to, as well as come home smelling like coffee. They roast to order and provide beans for retail and wholesale purchase.
Each day they have two roasts and one decaf roast as the coffee of the day, and they can make a cup of just about anything for you at their coffee bar. They have 30 different roasts! I had the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, an organic medium roast with a bright flavor. I put a little milk into it, no sweetener necessary.
There are pastries and other small snacks available. There is free wifi, but not that many outlets. There are about a dozen tables and chairs, but it is clear that the Bean Factory is devoted to roasting beans, not necessarily providing a quiet work space, which is great. I love that this place is an independent roaster who does all their roasting on site. They also provide space for local artists and space for community gathering.
The J & S Bean Factory is located on a mostly quiet residential street, with street parking. It is a great place for enjoying great coffee. The Bean Factory is part of my regular rotation of coffee shops.