As long as I'm on the topic of coffee, I want to reassure you that I'm not fond of chains. In fact, I am aghast at Caribou for moving in across the street from Brewberry's on Randolph in St. Paul. I plan to visit Brewberry's more often just to show my support.
My walking group at church has opened up some new opportunities for coffee and friendships. I've discovered two new independent coffee shops since starting the group about a month ago. There's little reason to go to Caribou or Starbucks when these great little places exist.
1518 Randolph Av
651-699-7788 St Paul, Minnesota 55105
The Bean Factory is a comfortable, casual neighborhood spot with a sweet patio facing the side street off Randolph. It's located near St. Patrick's Guild and my pal Eloise introduced me to the place after walking group last week.
Last night we walked around half of the Highland Golf Course and stopped at Sisu for coffee. The only place in town to offer egg coffee year round (yes, you can probably still find it at the Minnesota State Fair, ten days a year). Egg coffee is a Swedish standard beverage and fans love it. We learned from the women who run this coffee house that Sisu is a Finnish word for courage - strength - perseverance - etc. You can even buy a mug with all the English translations of Sisu. It is a clean, comfy convenient spot with Scandinavian furniture plus magazines, games and - surprisingly - metallic art on the walls. (Sisu is not to be confused with Finn-Sisu Racing Equipment on 1841 University Ave W. ) Sisu Coffee & Tea is just down the street from Bleach, a great hair salon - try it if you're looking for a new stylist. The owner, Shelley, is fantastic!
Sisu Coffee & Tea
649 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
655 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN
And coincidentally a colleague writes on the staff underground email, The Burrow, that her husband runs a coffee shop called Kilted Coffee; read about it in the Skyway News:
1410 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis (just south of downtown, across the street from the Music Box Theater).
Kilted Coffee features the usual hot and cold beverages (plus some unusual ones), as well as sandwiches, soups, pastries, and - ooh! hand-made chocolates. As the name suggests, the theme is Scottish/Celtic, and he plans to regularly feature live performances of Celtic music. To which Lara adds: