And so begins my journey, A Caffeinated Journey…
Since Minneapolis Coffee Guide is all about coffee and we created this space to share with others our love of coffee by exploring and showcasing local coffee shops, cafes, and roasters; I thought it would be great to start a blog series devoted to my personal experiences with coffee in the home and in the community for those interested in hearing about different shops in Minneapolis, coffees from various roasters, coffee preparation, and all things related to coffee. My hope is that this information will be interesting or useful to people interested in coffee or looking to have great experiences. Also, I look forward to hearing from members of the community about their experiences with coffee. We all are in this together and learn from one another! A few key points I would like to mention:
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With that being said, I begin this journey at Anelace Coffee in the Holland neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis. There is no particular reason I chose this destination first, it simply is the first shop I visited when I decided to start this blog series. Again, please note this is not a review, but my personal experience (which I suppose could be considered a review, but that is not the intention).
Anelace Coffee is a relaxed shop on Central Avenue in Minneapolis. I visited today with a friend and my infant daughter. My first impression upon walking in was how beautiful and open the space is. The ceiling design is a beautiful architectural feature in this space. The baristas are very kind and engaging. The atmosphere/ambiance is nice. Subtle, light music fills the shop and matches the aesthetic quite nicely. The lighting is soft, but ample. This shop offers a great space for study, work, relaxing, and just simply enjoying a great cup of coffee. I ordered a cup of espresso, sparkling water, and a beautiful chocolate pastry (akin to the type we had enjoyed on a trip to Belgium). We were not able to stay too long, but were able to enjoy the delicious coffee and pastry, and to find out that one of the roasters they prepare is Counter Culture Coffee (they feature a rotating selection of single-origin beans). I picked up some Fast Forward beans, recommended by the barista, to try at home in the french press and moka pot. Stay tuned to hear more about this experience! I look forward to visiting this shop again soon!
Coffee at Home
The morning began with my daughter running into the kitchen with her two wooden coffee cups to have coffee time with mom (she just started walking recently, so when I say “running”, it is walking at a very enthusiastic pace for coffee!). She had her pretend coffee and some water, I had a delicious Lavazza Deciso Espresso (intensity 10) prepared in the Nespresso (DeLonghi) machine. We were introduced to this machine in Bruges/Brugge, Belgium and absolutely love it.
Convenient European-Style Coffee
A close to perfect cup of espresso every time! This machine has small capsules that are placed in the front of the machine, which brews an individual cup at a time, a bit like Keurig, but better (more environmental friendly and espresso, rather than brewed coffee). Please read a comparison of the Nespresso vs. Keurig products. I would only add that there are more options of Nespresso capsules (other than the proprietary brand) becoming available at this time. Thus far, we have tried Nespresso’s proprietary brand, Peet’s Coffee, Lavazza, Woken, and Archer Farms (found at Target stores). We will discuss some of the attributes of the different brands in a future post.
Our favorite brewing methods at home are still a french press or moka pot, but with time constraints, we are always looking for a way to get a good, quick cup to start the day. Nespresso and instant coffee varieties have become a fun part of this journey! Until next time…