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“Not the usual for a coffee shop.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Duluth Coffee Company

Duluth Coffee Company
105 E Superior St, Duluth, MN
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Ranked #55 of 229 Restaurants in Duluth
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Two Harbors, Minnesota
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27 restaurant reviews
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“Not the usual for a coffee shop.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I have been in there a few times and can attest that Duluth Coffee Company has great coffee but it is a place for the hipsters and youth. It is a very uncomfortable environment. They play weird trance music (loudly) that does not allow me to enjoy my coffee. The decor is modern and uses metal frequently. The employees are not very friendly and one can be thrown off my it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth, Minnesota
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“Quickly became my favorite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

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.

Pros:
-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

Cons:
-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.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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