Duluth is a very "local" focused community so it is no surprise that a local coffee shop opened to rival the Starbucks and Caribou Coffee joints just down the street. I can tell you they will have some competition from this little coffee shop & roastery. As soon as you walk in you see the roaster churning away, and let me tell you, the smell is amazing. I have gone back over and over and over again (I should mention I live in Duluth), and I could go on for an hour about how great this place is, so let me just give the bullet points.
-The coffee is amazing. MUCH better than the chains. It's roasted locally so every cup you get is from a fresh batch.
-It's local! It's always a good feeling to support a local business, especially when they are doing such great job
-Downtown location, not far from Lakewalk access.
-Baristas who know what they are doing and have a passion for turning out a great product
-Creative! Their Red Cup Specials are always unique. Some are rich and decadent, some are crazy, but they are always fantastic
-The downtown location can be inconvenient since there is only metered street parking available. Not such a problem in the summer when everyone is walking more, but can be a pain in the winter.
-Noise. The roaster is very loud and when it's running it's hard to have a conversation, or to even talk with/hear the barista. Be sure to enunciate.
-Limited hours. At the time of this review, they have not been open long and their hours are short (6:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat, closed Sun)
-The Red Cup Specials, while amazing, are a bit pricey and never more than a shot of espresso, though their Facebook pictures make it look like a big cup of coffee
Please don't let the cons keep you away from this place. I very strongly recommend treating yourself to a Red Cup Special every once in a while (they really are worth the price just to try them), or the mocha (iced is fantastic too), and the chai tea latte is also fantastic (iced and hot). I would maybe just suggest getting the coffee to go and enjoying a walk on the Lakewalk instead of sitting in.
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