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Bacardi 8 Bliss April 7, 2008

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I just purchased my second bottle of Bacardi 8 in Bellefonte today (while serving jury duty). My first bottle came from Casa Bacardi in San Juan, and I was sad to see it go.

Bacardi 8 is as complex as a Scotch whisky and every bit as delightful. In effort to increase my liquor snobbery, let’s try some tasting notes:

  • Nose: fruit and sweet honey with pear and citrus overtones
  • Taste: smooth and lightly woody with complex spices, light honey, medium bodied
  • Finish: mellow sweetness

Rums aren’t generally too expensive, and I was happy to pay the $18 at the distillery as well as the $23 in Bellefonte.

Next up: Laphroaig 15

Minnesota’s Best Coffee April 2, 2008

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Minnesota may not be able to grow coffee, but it imports the world’s finest green beans and consistently roasts them as well as any other specialty coffee producer.


Black Sheep Coffee Caffee

The Black Sheep Coffee Cafe is my favorite spot in the Twin Cities for an espresso drink. Although it only has six oversized arm chairs, there’s plenty of room to enjoy the artistic drinks for which they’re known.

Kopplin’s Coffee

Kopplin’s Coffee is a slice of whatever concept of heaven you may or may not believe in. I’ve never had a better cup of black coffee and probably never will. Andrew Kopplin is the quiet spoken coffee-based antithesis of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi. With a changing menu of single origin coffees, you’ll invariably encounter micro-lot gems. The finest beans roasted to perfection and put through Clover coffee machines means many happy customers. You’ll pay market prices for the various beans, but they are worth every penny. You haven’t had coffee until you’ve had it like this.


Paradise Roasters

Paradise Roasters has been one of my favorite sources of beans. We were pretty much under the mercy of Caribou Coffee until Paradise Roasters came along. They have staple single origins that are in stock year-round, but the real value comes in the smaller lots from less common places such as Cameroon and Bali. These are countries known for their blend-only quality beans, but they sometimes produce crops good enough for independent consumption.

European Roasterie

For those who like mild, subtle coffees, European Roasterie is your source for never-burned beans. I find them to be a good baseline, everyday coffee.