Coffee Feature // Four Barrel

We have two new coffees from our good friends at Four Barrel. This is the kind of stuff that really gets our mouths watering. Retail bags are available in-store and please feel free to ask for your own pour over of either one!

Four Barrel // Honduras San Marcos

Dark grape and lavender fragrance, black currant, cocoa and raisin flavors, balanced with molasses sweetness. Learn more about the farm here.

Four Barrel // Nicaragua Anibal

Lemon balm and juniper fragrance with chamomile, Pink Lady apple, brown sugar, candied pecans and cane sugar. Learn more about the farm here.


Urban Bean Changes and Expands

This past week, Stephanie March, Senior Food Editor at Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine featured Urban Bean and shared some exciting news. Read the full article below. 

Coffee nerds want to know…. What’s up with Urban Bean lately?
Greg Martin, the chief coffee nerd of Urban Bean, has had kind of a strange year. In 2014, one of his two locations changed hands. His longtime GM and confidante Liz Abene took over the helm at the 33rd and Bryant location and turned it into her own shop, Canteen (which seems to be marshaling the toast trend locally). Martin refocused his energies on Urban Bean's flagship store at 2401 Lyndale.
Then, Martin stepped away from Dogwood Coffee, both as a local rep for the brand and by the fact that he no longer uses their beans in his shop. Urban Bean now stocks Chicago’s Intelligentsia brand for pour overs and batch brew, along with San Francisco’s Four Barrel for his espresso.  
“These are such great beans. We are happy to introduce Minneapolis to something new and awesome. We’re aligning ourselves with the right brands that think about coffee the same way we do. Local is great, but to really find the best coffee we could, we wanted to widen our search to include other states. Dogwood Coffee is clearly the best local coffee roaster, no one else is even close, but it's important to us to get the best possible product to our customers. There are tons of amazing coffee roasters in the US right now, it's like a revolution! Coffee is about relationships and Four Barrel and Intelligentsia really understand the importance of this. As we expand our horizons, we will also showcase other roasters that share our views. "

This is exciting! Martin plans to bring in beans from all over, which means that (like a real bar) you'll be able to belly up and call your drink: latte with Four Barrel, machiato with Cool Beans Not Here Yet. 

But it is a move that sorta shook the local coffee fiends. “Look, we want to be thought leaders on coffee, but we also want the right baristas who will make you what you want, who can educate without being snobby. We all have to respect each other if we’re going to grow the scene.”
And this is really just the beginning of their work trying to enrich the local coffee culture. UB uses all house-made syrups and plans to do some exciting stuff by working with pros, “My GM, Amy Johnson is working with some mixologists to develop a recipe for a coffee tonic and we are just seeing where this can all go." She's also well regarded for her house-made marshmallows and here's in insider tip: not listed on the menu, but always on the menu, is her bourbon vanilla syrup. Jack your cup.

credits: photography by Eliesa Johnson, words by Stephanie March, full article here

December Drink of the Month // Molasses Ginger Latte

For month of December, we're featuring a new delicious concoction by our manager Amy Johnson, the Molasses Ginger Latte. Made with Blackstrap Molasses and brown sugar infused with cinnamon, ginger and a touch of lemon zest makes our house-made syrup. The only descriptive words that do it justice are rich a luscious, perfect for a winter warm-up. 

Our New Drink // The "Matt Call"


We would like to introduce a new drink to our menu at both locations, the "Matt Call". This drink includes a shot of espresso for here and a 10 oz. coffee to go, so you can get that quick boost of energy you need to get the day going. 

Matt Call approved the name of this drink. To us and him, this drink represents his efforts in making light of his hit and run tragedy a few years back and putting the past behind him. Matt Call will always be part of the Urban Bean family.

November DOTM // Candied Yam Latte


For the month of November we'll be offering a Candied Yam Latte served with homemade marshmallows! Our candied yam syrup is made with real sweet potato puree (no additives), brown sugar, cane sugar, water, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once you have one of our homemade marshmallow, the ones from the bag will never be the same. So stop in and try our new concoction, the Candied Yam Latte.


Urban Bean & Cool Hunting


Recently, we were added to Cool Hunting's Minneapolis city guide sponsored by Lexus. Cool Hunting is an online magazine dedicated to highlight creativity and innovation in design, technology, style, culture, food and travel. We're listed along side some of our favorite places in town, Black Blue, Bachelor Farmer, Angry Catfish, Northeast Social and The Soap Factory. They shared some kind words about us and our community, read more below:

The coffee shop trend has not skipped out on Minneapolis. The city is piled high with unique places to get a good latte and scope the scene—and Urban Bean is the perfect spot. Housed in what used to be old Muddy Waters on 24th and Lyndale, this coffee shop is where high-design meets unbeatable craftsmanship. Built under the instruction of owner Greg Martin, Urban Bean prides itself on a visually pleasing aesthetic that is focused on cultivating conversations. The Urban Bean brand with its two locations—the other is on Bryant Ave and West 33rd Street—is dog-friendly, with ample room. At the Lyndale location, what instantly draws your attention is the large communal table set against the window—usually with three to four people quietly engaged in work on their respective laptops. Urban Bean is not just about great coffee; they believe in building community and understanding the needs of their customers. Each barista is knowledge not only about the beans or roasting process, but also about the brands they carry and the brewing methods that make for refined taste.

credits: photos by Eliesa Johnson and story by Cool Hunting 

October DOTM // Maple Clove Latte


For October, our drink of the month is a Maple Clove Latte. In this drink, you will taste the warm sweetness of maple syrup, rounded out by the infusion of whole cloves and balanced with a hint of cardamom. Oh, and don't forget the freshly graded nutmeg on top. This drink is the perfect combination of fall flavors. A big cozy sweater, a book and crisp Minneapolis fall day are required to fully enjoy our Maple Clove Latte.

CBS Minnesota & Urban Bean


CBS Minnesota named our Lyndale location one of the "Best Places in Minnesota to Read Your Book With Coffee!" We're so happy to have made this list, thanks everyone! Read their short write-up below:

Unusual for aficionados to choose as the best coffee house is an entity dedicated to slowing down, relaxing, building friendships and strengthening the community. So while Urban Bean offers the best hand-crafted coffee, “it isn’t about speed, coffee is a craft, coffee brings people together.” The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing, allowing you to pull out that novel you have been carrying in your bag but have never had the time to read.

credits: photo by Eliesa Johnson, article by CBS Minnesota