Skip to main content

Minnesota State Fair 2019: Where can you grab the best cup of coffee?

Here's a pick-me-up for ya.
DOnut coffee

Coffee may not be the first thing you seek out when you go to the fair. After all, the fried food, the next-big-thing-on-a-stick, and the shiny new foods get all the attention.

But seriously, have you seen the lines at the fairground coffee stands? Particularly in the morning. They may have the choice of every food under the sun, but fair-goers still need their cuppa joe.

There are many places to get a cup of black coffee, iced coffee, nitro coffee etc., with the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Salem Lutheran Church Hall (hello Swedish Egg Coffee!) among those that spring to mind.

But I went looking for more than that. I wanted a decadent, over-the-top coffee. This is the Minnesota State Fair, after all.

Here are some stand-out coffee options at the fair:

Mini Donut Latte – The Anchor Coffee House

Where to find it: Underwood Street & Carnes Avenue

The mini donut latte is delightful. You get the coffee, and you get the donut too.

And dare I say, the warm spices make me a bit excited for fall?

The verdict? Mini donut lattes should become a not-just-at-the-state-fair thing, and it's an added bonus of being one of the new fair foods for 2019.

Espresso Float – Java Jive

IMG_1321

Where to find it: South side of West Dan Patch Avenue, between Liggett and Chambers streets

Espresso and ice cream is a delicious flavor combination – who knew?

In addition to espresso and chai floats, Java Jive has espresso ice cream malts, chai and matcha lattes, and all the traditional coffee shop espresso drinks.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee – Que Viet

Que viet

Where to find it: East side of Cooper Street outside the Merchandise Mart

Que Viet advertises this as a “slow drip coffee with sweetened condensed milk."

It was delicious. Just sweet enough. Great coffee flavor. I’d definitely buy it again.

Verdict

So in the end, you could try any one of these three coffees and walk away feeling your money has been well spent.

The best part about getting coffee at the fair? The caffeine boost will give you energy to stay longer and do more of what makes you happy at the fair, whatever that may be.

You’re welcome.

Find the latest BMTN State Fair 2019 stories by following our Flipboard magazine.

Next Up

Mugshots

11 'urban explorers' face charges after being found in Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.

image

Man killed by St. Paul police ID'd by family, community demands answers

The man was identified as 24-year-old Howard Johnson.

Screen Shot 2022-12-07 at 7.38.02 AM

Quick shot of snow to impact morning commute in Twin Cities

Snow is moving into the metro Wednesday morning.

ambulance

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island identified as local farmer

The deceased is a 59-year-old man from rural Bird Island.

Screen Shot 2022-12-06 at 2.47.44 PM

Minneapolis' Khâluna named in Eater's 2022 'Best New Restaurants'

The restaurant, opened in 2021, is known for its Laotian cuisine.

ambulance, crash

3 pedestrians struck by drivers Monday in Minnesota; 2 dead

The victims involved a 39-year-old man and two 74-year-old men.

snow, plow

Shifting storm tracks: Significant storms Friday, next week?

Sven Sundgaard has the details on an interesting forecast.

Life Link

Worker suffers serious injury in rooftop fall in rural Minnesota

The man only fell a few feet, but suffered a serious leg injury.

Walz, Flanagan

Minnesota reports massive projected budget surplus of $17.6 billion

The huge surplus comes as the DFL prepares to assume a trifecta of the Legislature and the Governor's House.

Related

Malts

Minnesota State Fair 2019: Who has the best malt at the fair?

We picked three contenders, and found it near-impossible to separate them.

State fair new foods

State Fair 2019: New foods you have to try, and some you shouldn't

Guest food writer Haley Nelson reveals her pick of the bunch.

Hidden gems

Minnesota State Fair 2019: This year's hidden food gems

They don't get the headlines, but maybe they should.

State Fair Food Guide: The classics you have to try

Haley Nelson picks out the must-try classics.

State Fair

Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best new foods

Our food writer Haley Nelson picks out her favorite new dishes at the State Fair.

Screen Shot 2021-08-28 at 10.57.53 AM

Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best food options that avoid the crowds

Food writer Haley Nelson has been looking for foods off the beaten track.

Vegan and vegetarian choices

Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best vegetarian and vegan options

Our food writer Haley Nelson has identified some top meat-free options.