The Twin Cities is one of the best places in the country to find great coffee. We love to pull up a chair at our neighborhood street side café and sip our beloved cold press to our little hearts’ content. Try one of these invigorating specialty drinks, or let us know your faves in the comments section below.Read More
Where to Find the Coolest Coffee Drinks
Cold Press specialty drinks for our all-too-brief summer.
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Kopplin's does not have cold press, but instead brew super concentrated coffee that can be poured over ice for an exceptionally smooth cold coffee that does not get watered down. For a truly European experience, try their Sweet Crème Espresso. They start with a specialty ice cream base from Izzy’s next door, add that rich espresso and a touch of milk, shake it up and serve in an on-trend mason jar for a divine treat reminiscent of street side cafes on the Mediterranean.
Quixotic serves Blackeye Nitro Cold Press, a unique nitro infused coffee, on tap, which creates a frothy, rich experience not often found in iced coffee. The popular White Lighting is ultra creamy, served with Autumnwood Farms cream and house-made vanilla simple syrup. For a lighter, more exotic flavor, try the Solar Flare served with Blackeye cold press, cream and orange simple syrup with orange zest, cayenne, anise, cloves and pepper. Bonus: they also offer vegan and gluten free donuts from Sift.
This little shop has a cold treat to please the whole family, ice cream treats for the kiddies and serious coffee for the grown ups. Blend the two with a cold coffee sleet. It's like a jazzed up slushie. Espresso, milk and ice are blended into a cold cup of hot weather comfort.
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Resting on the shores of the St. Croix in Stillwater, Tin Bins is located in the Commander Building, a grain elevator built in 1898. Offering an impressive menu of healthy-ish dishes and lovely pastries, this cafe also serves a variety of coffee drinks. The most recent seasonal special, a Lavender White Mocha Honey Bee can be ordered hot or over ice and enjoyed on the expansive deck overlooking the water and liftbridge.
Peace Coffee Shop
Peace Coffee is celebrating its 20th summer serving unique concoctions, and the baristas at Peace Coffee have outdone themselves this year. A recent tasting revealed such wonders as Black Lemonade Brûlée, which features caramelized sugar and cold press cooked down to a dark syrup and splashed with ultra tart fresh-squeezed lemonade and sparkling water. Or try the creamy, decadent Halva Nice Day, which invokes sweet Ukrainian halva. Sunflower seeds are crushed with sugar and topped with cold press and half-and-half for a frothy, desserty treat.
With four locations around the Twin Cities, Spyhouse’s award winning brews have become a draw for crowds of coffee junkies looking for the best in sipping. Their iced versions are not to be missed either. They do some really interesting drinks for special events (a caffeinated version of the Moscow Mule anyone?) but if you’re not lucky enough to catch that, try the seasonal Frosty Bang Bang, which is an espresso Horchata blend.
Black Coffee & Waffle Bar
It’s coffee, and waffles...all day. The winning combination will be available in two locations when Black Coffee and Waffle Bar opens its second shop in St. Paul’s Merriam Park neighborhood. In the meantime, get your carb and ice coffee fix at their minimalistic, sleek Como Ave location. Try the Black Cow: a cold press with chocolate milk and hazelnut.
Dogwood, a roaster based in St. Paul, now has three locations. The newest location, tucked away in an industrial area in St. Paul, has been making its signature drink, Camper- a smokey maple latte using smoked hickory extract- since opening their doors this past winter. Get it on ice during the summer, or opt for Beaches and Cream- cold press topped with a sploosh of creamy coconut milk.
Five Watt Coffee
The creative coffee cocktails inside Five Watt Coffee on a newly happening stretch of Nicollet Avenue are oftentimes made even better served over ice. (All are available hot and cold.) Take the Busy Beaver, a mix of espresso, milk with a touch of maple syrup, garnished with a drizzle of rich molasses and a grind of black pepper. This is what fuels a productive summer day.
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