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Inaugural Minnesota Roaster Showcase Coming to Saint Paul in OctoberDaily Espresso Information by Roast Journal


All photographs courtesy of SK Espresso.

With the US Espresso Championships preliminary competitions happening for the primary time in Minneapolis subsequent month, the native specialty espresso neighborhood is rallying for a free one-day occasion in Saint Paul referred to as the Minnesota Roaster Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Greater than a dozen corporations and types that decision the Twin Cities dwelling are set to convene over tables and cubicles contained in the 6,000-square-foot foyer of Vandalia Tower in Saint Paul. The constructing additionally homes the roastery, bar and headquarters of SK Espresso, whose co-founder and head of espresso, Sam Kjellberg, is the driving pressure behind the occasion.

“[The USCC prelims] are an enormous and essential improvement for the Minnesota espresso scene, bringing rather more nationwide consideration,” Kjellberg advised Day by day Espresso Information. “So I assumed, what if we concurrently held a Minnesota Roaster Showcase, to show the wonderful roasters within the Twin Cities and past? And we’re doing it.”

Roaster showcase SK Coffee

The foyer of the Vandalia Tower in Saint Paul, which is also dwelling to SK Espresso.

At the least 10 unbiased roasting corporations have signed on for the occasion, together with SK and Spyhouse Espresso Roasters, which is internet hosting USCC prelims at its personal services. The Showcase is being organized in collaboration with Minneapolis-based inexperienced espresso importer Cafe Imports, and brewery Lake Monster Brewing.

“That is going to be an opportunity for every roaster to indicate off their sourcing and roasting prowess,” Kjellberg stated, likening the occasion to a miniature model of the favored SCA Roaster Village. “After all, if people wish to purchase a bag from them, sure, they completely ought to and may.”

In future years, Kjellberg stated the objective can be for the occasion to incorporate seminars and shows for each professionals and shoppers, balanced by good-natured competitions, video games or contests. Because it assessments the waters subsequent month, although, the purpose is solely to have fun scrumptious espresso and craft, whereas facilitating new connections amongst roasters and shoppers. 

“For this inaugural occasion, we wish to preserve it easy, focusing solely on the attractive espresso being roasted by Minnesota roasters,” stated Kjellberg. “We could have a number of informal lectures by the oldsters at Cafe Imports about inexperienced espresso, a pattern roasting/tasting, and maybe a manufacturing roasting session to showcase the work behind the scenes.”

Vandalia Tower lobby

A DJ will preserve the 4-hour occasion energetic whereas meals vehicles are at all times close by with artistic eats.

“Lots of my colleagues and I really feel Minnesota is barely missed [compared to] different third-wave communities across the nation, however Minnesota has a deep and wealthy specialty espresso custom, made complicated by the truth that Mill Metropolis Roasters and Cafe Imports headquarters are in Minneapolis-Saint Paul,” stated Kjellberg. “This yr we hope to check the idea. In years to return, we would like this factor to be a factor; an ongoing Minnesota Espresso Expo. Above all, we wish to draw consideration to Minnesota as a espresso haven.”


The Minnesota Roasters Showcase will happen 10am-2pm on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Vandalia Tower, 550 Vandalia Road, in St Paul.

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