Things are coming along at our new location on Lake & Bryant. We have unearthed a beautiful white tile floor, began to structure the new coffee bar and, of course, we saved time for coffee and a pipe. More updates to come!
Back by popular demand, our March latte of the month if the Bourbon Vanilla Latte. It is made with brown sugar, bourbon, house-made vanilla bean simple syrup, giving it a smokey and sweet flavor. This is the perfect latte to help you get through the last stretch of our cold Minnesota winter.
This is the perfect drink to get you through the long, gray and dark, Minnesota winters. Our January drink of the month, aptly named the Lil' Ray of Sunshine, is crafted with house-made, fresh orange simple syrup that is infused with anise for a sweet and smooth flavor.
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.
This week, we're taking some time to spend with our family friends. Above are our special hours for the week of Thanksgiving. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a note here. Thanks for everything and happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Urban Bean.
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.
Our December drink of the month is a delicious Ginger Molasses Latte made with rich strap molasses and spicy ginger. The natural flavors are smoothed out with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon, the perfect combination of holiday flavors. Happy holidays and we hope you enjoy!
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.