Decadent cupcakes and frothy lattes wow at Groundswell
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Decadent cupcakes and frothy lattes wow at Groundswell

A man who makes my heart swell recommended I check out Groundswell, a local coffee shop located in St. Paul. Walking into the shop, you are immediately greeted by natural light, rustic tables and a well-lit display of confectionary delights. The walls, adorned with the work of local artists, draw you in as you await…

Nina’s Coffee: A historic experience
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Nina’s Coffee: A historic experience

If you’re like me, then you love a coffee shop with a sordid past. That’s just one of the many draws of Nina’s Café, which in its previous life was a well attended brothel right here in Saint Paul! Though the kinds of kicks one gets at Nina’s today are different than they were back…

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Kopplin’s Coffee: A little something for everyone

My experience at Kopplin’s Coffee can be described as nothing but joyful. Entering the cafe, you will be greeted by the bustling energy of young families basking in the Saturday morning sun. Throughout the shop, artists sketch quietly and small groups of friends catch up. Students breathe easily, now off campus and sufficiently caffeinated for…

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Café Bené: A space of warmth and soul-searching

4/5 stars for insulated sylvan dwelling space, and a cup of coffee that inspires introspection. Café Bené is located just off the 63 bus route, and provides the solace needed to accept the fact that it is nearly April and still not above 35 degrees. Feeling the chill, I came into the shop craving something…

The J&S Bean Factory: Midwestern gem with intriguing drinks
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The J&S Bean Factory: Midwestern gem with intriguing drinks

The J&S Bean Factory is a hidden gem nestled at the intersection of Randolph and Saratoga. Beautiful wood flooring, chairs and accents paired with floor to ceiling windows provide natural light, and a comfy cabin-like atmosphere out of the cold. Upon entering, it is noteworthy that local crafts are on display for sale, further contributing…