Dogwood Coffee on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. This roaster is based in Minneapolis and in Winnepeg, Manitoba. This delicious roaster sources their beans with principles of "quality, reciprocal relationships, and balance." They advocate sustainable practices and fair trade. There are two Minneapolis locations, one on Hennepin Street in Uptown and the East Lake Street location.
I sampled the Honduras-Belen Gualcho , with a bit of cream. This roast is described as buttery with hints of cantaloupe and malted milk balls. I tasted a rich and smooth roast (I generally dislike lighter roasts, but this one was delicious. It did not even need sugar!
Baristas were extremely friendly, and eager to talk about my experiences touring Twin Cities coffee shops. They were able to recommend roasts based on my tastes, which I always appreciate. This coffee shop is light and friendly, and is attached to some sort home goods boutique. There are plenty of outlets, warm wood booths, and delicious looking baked goods (although none that are gluten free). I particularly liked that each booth had its own lamp. Parking is on Lake street (generally two hour, some one hour) or on side streets. I was there in the middle of the day, so I am not sure what it would be like at a busier time.
Overall, this is a coffee shop that I will frequent again and again. There is ample seating, it is warm and quiet, the coffee is delicious and the baristas are incredibly kind. Great job Dogwood!