Part two of my mother's Twin Cities coffeehopping adventure. Check out last week's post for info about Quixotic Coffee in St. Paul.
My morning is not complete without a second cup of coffee, so to continue my adventure, I took a slow scenic drive to northwest Minneapolis and Analace Coffee (2402 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, http://www.anelacecoffee.com/).
Their front door opens onto a large room with very high ceilings and the coffee bar set off to one side. It’s a quieter, simpler coffee house than Quixotic.
Choosing my cup of coffee here took more work. I wanted black and I wanted strong and I wanted something I couldn’t get at any other coffee shop. The menu didn’t help me choose. The barista recommended Kamavindi, a Kenyan bean brewed as a pour over. I accepted his recommendation.
The first sip proved it was strong, with a fine bitter edge. The second sip brought out the bean’s sweet, nutty flavor that seemed to hit two spots on my palette at once. I am not adept at tasting the “blackberry, red currant, and citrus” flavors in coffee, but I can tell when I’m drinking rich coffee and enjoying its flavor. The Kamavindi was just what I needed for my second cup.
I took my time drinking this cup, almost 40 minutes, for I love coffee at room temp as much as hot; as it cools, more flavor comes out for me. Analace Coffee was pretty busy. They have one large room with booths, tables and counters and a small patio out back. People were enjoying it on a nice fall Saturday morning.
My taste buds were happy with my exploration that day.