With craft coffee on the rise, where can you get the best cup of joe?


We all know the craft beer scene is thriving, but just as hot right now are Twin Cities coffeehouses out to prove there's more to coffee in Minnesota than chain shops.

Americans consume 400 million cups of the black stuff daily, so those who can't get through the day without their caffeine fix should at least make sure they find the best there is to offer.

Over the last few years, MPR says the demand for locally roasted coffee has risen alongside craft beers as drinkers look for more authentic alternatives to chain store leviathans like Starbucks and Caribou.

CNBC says people in the U.S. spend $42 billion each year on coffee – and sales of craft "specialty coffee" now make up half of the total spent.

So naturally, people have put together lists of what they think is the best bean around.

A couple of years ago WCCO handpicked some of its favorite haunts that "go above and beyond" to serve more than just coffee, with their choices including Spyhouse in Minneapolis, Kopplin's in St. Paul (where you no longer have to tip) and the Daily Grind in Stillwater.

Twin Cities NewsCastic published a list of the 10 best coffee shops in the metro.

Among those mentioned are the Claddagh Coffee in St. Paul and the Dogwood Coffee Bar in Uptown Minneapolis.

It's harder to find an independent coffee shop in the suburbs, but NewsCastic identified J. Arthur's Coffee in Roseville and West Side Perk in Bloomington as being among the best.

In a blog on the Daily Planet last month, political commentator and "dean of Minnesota's food critics" Barry Casselman described the Black Sheep Cafe in South St. Paul as "probably the best coffeehouse in the state."

You can also search for the highest-rated shops on Yelp, if you want to dig around yourself.

You may agree with these choices, you may disagree. At the end of the day, taste is personal, so where do you get your favorite coffee?

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