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Nominees for Best Coffee Shop in the Duluth area

It’s been a few months since we’ve done a poll on PDD, but we trust that with all the “Vote Duluth the best outdoor city in the galaxy or whatever” hype that most of you thought a break was for the better. Now it’s time to return to our quest to decide what the best city’s best things are.

Before we launch our poll to name the best coffee shop, we have to establish a list of nominees by asking you to rant in the comments. The ground rules are fairly simple:

  • As usual, the territory we are covering encompasses Duluth and anywhere within 10 miles of Duluth’s border — so coffee shops in Superior, Hermantown, Proctor and the various bordering townships all qualify; Two Harbors and Cloquet are out of bounds.
  • The criteria for what defines a coffee shop or what makes one “the best” is pretty open. Certain bakeries and restaurants kind of double as coffee shops, and that’s fine. Some places have a focus on live music or a kick-ass record collection, others sink a fortune into furniture or double as a place of worship. Feel free to consider those things along with the coffee itself, or don’t. In the end, voters will decide what’s important to the masses.
  • It’s fine to nominate a corporate giant like Starbucks, Caribou or Dunn Bros., but be specific if you do. Pick a particular location; don’t nominate the franchise as a whole.
  • Keep in mind that we are not issuing a challenge here to name every coffee shop that exists in the area. We’re just asking you to tell us which ones you think have a reasonable chance of winning a poll.

That’s about it. Make your thoughts known and we’ll launch the poll on Friday.

44 Comments

Kate

about 4 months ago

Amazing Grace!

Jadiaz

about 4 months ago

I second Red Mug in Superior.

nicolai

about 4 months ago

Duluth Coffee Co.

jakester

about 4 months ago

Jitters for sure. Great owner. Great staff. Fun crowd. Good coffee.

Thomas Osmonson

about 4 months ago

Jefferson People's House!

Moira Villiard

about 4 months ago

Jefferson People's House in Duluth -- it's a wonderful fledgling business that welcomes a diverse array of clientele. What makes it unique is its social and activism aspects; every single time I've been in there, I've either participated in or overheard an interesting conversation. The staff is very friendly and accommodating and their food is DELICIOUS. They have a magnificent selection of books, too ... great things happen there! :)

bfinstad

about 4 months ago

I moved to Minneapolis 9 years ago and Red Mug is still my favorite coffee shop anywhere, including the Twin Cities. Also loved Beaner's Central. Haven't been there since I left, so I don't know if that is still there, but if it is, I would include that too.

da.rabb

about 4 months ago

If you like great coffee, great conversation, home made toast and WiFi to-boot you'll want to try Jefferson People's House. Get the Apple Yum Yum. Stay calm and have a cup.

tamara

about 4 months ago

I nominate Jefferson People's House.

David Beard

about 4 months ago

Perk Place sells Cafe su Da, a delicacy available at only 1-2 restaurants in the area. Dunn Bros has great atmosphere and friendly staff. While I would never nominate Starbucks for its coffee, I will admit that every Starbucks (including the B&N cafe) has some dynamite staff. So if there were a dynamite staff award, I would nominate them. I want to give a nod to the coffee shop inside Lake Superior College for tasty coffee and paying staff something closer to a living wage, based on the advert for their last opening. JPH is awesome, and I love their zine collection, but their menu is too limited for my tastes as a coffee shop. They are an amazing idea shop that sells coffee. If there were a category for tea shop, they would fair better, in my opinion. Beaner's and Red Mug are the template for urban coffee shops. Love them.

David Tromblay

about 4 months ago

Jefferson People's House.

Lawrence Lee

about 4 months ago

I nominate Amazing Grace, Duluth Coffee Co., Red Mug, Beaner's and Bixby's.

Claire

about 4 months ago

This is the toughest poll of them all! I love the coffee houses in this town, even though my favorite one of all time, Lakeview Coffee Emporium, shut its doors a few years ago. Haven't been down to Jeff Ppls House yet, must check it out … maybe this week.

Sarah Proudfit

about 4 months ago

For just coffee, Duluth Coffee Co. For really good coffee and something good to eat, Beaner's.

Galina Weeks

about 4 months ago

Jefferson People House for sure!

Julie Flint

about 4 months ago

Jefferson Peoples House!

David Stephen

about 4 months ago

Jefferson Peoples House has the best coffee, and the most welcoming environment.

Mr. Nied

about 4 months ago

Y'all are all wrong. The best coffee shop is Great Harvest. So there.

Emily Moe

about 4 months ago

Duluth Coffee Company. Best coffee, hands down. And those eclairs..... Oh those eclairs. I'm also wild about the rusks. But the coffee.....

Sonya

about 4 months ago

Duluth Coffee Company has great coffee, but every time I've been there it's been so noisy that I've had to leave. Jitters has a great atmosphere and is my go-to coffee shop for people watching/eavesdropping, but the actual coffee can be hit or miss. Jefferson People's House has good coffee to go with their good book selection. Beaner's, Red Mug and Amazing Grace both have excellent food to go with their coffee.

cafeen

about 4 months ago

I nominate: Jefferson Peoples House! Inclusive, intimate gathering place. Coffee is great, toast with slathered amazents, people with conversations that warm the heart and stir the soul. A small powerful space with a very big community hug inside. Love it there.

TheKujawa

about 4 months ago

Dunn Bros. The coffee is great, the workers are always pleasant, they have a drive-thru and have always come through in a pinch. They are open until nine even on Sundays. God bless them! I tip those beautiful people double on holidays. Why? Because I was just able to get a cup of coffee at 8PM on Easter.

Bret

about 4 months ago

Jefferson People's House, Red Mug and Duluth Coffee Company.

Starfire

about 4 months ago

Would love to try the Jeffersons People House but they close at 5. Longer hours!!

ElPete

about 4 months ago

Nice to hear about a couple of new-to-me places to check out. Beaner's is an easy choice for me. Jason is incredibly nice, has done a ton for the music and arts scene, and the coffee and food there is delicious.

eatdrinklovelocal

about 4 months ago

Perk Place Coffeehouse! In the Kenwood Plaza near St. Scholastica and UMD. Great coffee and atmosphere. Quiet, none of the loud coffee noises ... because coffee is actually done right! Fireplace with nice couches, outlets everywhere. Free WiFi, great baked goods, muffins. Homemade Masala Spiced Chai and awesome smoothies. One thing that's great about Perk Place is that it feels welcoming and has a large variety of customers. It's not clicky. No one demographic. It's comfortable for all.

piker

about 4 months ago

Wow, this isn't easy at all. I'd have to break it into a best coffee, best ambiance, best food, best music ...

the Midnight Taco

about 4 months ago

I'm voting for the original -- Beaner's Central -- good all-around vibe, great local support of the music scene, local coffee and vino too. Incidentally, I've added a personal criteria as it relates to a quality coffee house experience; so ... Jefferson People's House, the zero percent likelihood of taking in an episode of Shark Tank and being relighted to eating toast, for that reason I'm out.

Calvin Miner

about 4 months ago

Jefferson People's House wins for the best overall coffeehouse. Their filtered coffee is the best, tastes great, never burnt, their tea is phenomenal and local, and their food ... the toast! It's the best, most perfect snack to go with coffee or tea. Dunn has that mediocre outsourced crap for food, which is a shame because the coffee's very good there. Bixby's makes the best bagels in Duluth, but bagels don't really belong with coffee. Starbucks obviously microwaves everything because the middle of whatever food you order is always cold. Duluth Coffee Co. wins the award for the best espresso, hands down. It isn't very comfortable in there though. Beaner's wins the award for the worst name. Sounds like a low-rent strip club. Amazing Grace is great for the atmosphere, live music, their bread and their sandwiches. Alas, their coffee and breakfast are grossly overrated.

MNcyclone

about 4 months ago

So many great choices, as others have noted! I have to agree with the nominations for Perk Place, though, because of the wonderful staff, the reasonable prices, the fabulous coffee and chai, the reliable WiFi, and the comfortable seating. It's also the best coffee shop I've found for getting work done while occasionally people watching -- a fine balance!

Shane

about 4 months ago

Duluth Coffee Company.

Zedhead

about 4 months ago

Gotta give Beaner's the nod for all they've done over the years to promote the local music scene. Great Coffee, too! One place no one has mentioned, but is in the "Duluth area" is Mocha Moose. Highway 61 N. at Larsmont. I've never been disappointed with their brew. Great staff with interesting music through the summer.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 months ago

The obvious nominees so far are: Amazing Grace Bakery and Café Beaner's Central Concert Coffeehouse Bixby's Cafe Duluth Coffee Co. Dunn Bros Coffee Jefferson People's House Jitters Coffee and Tea House Perk Place Coffeehouse and Bakery Red Mug Coffeehouse and Bake Shop There was a mention of the Coffee Spot at Lake Superior College. That one seems like an underdog, but since we're having an elimination round anyway we'll probably toss it on the poll. We might have to get out the measuring stick for Mocha Moose in Larsmont. It looks like it's about 11 miles out of Duluth city limits, but I could be mistaken. We'll probably toss that one on the poll too, based on the "close enough" rule. There were mentions of Starbucks, but none of them were really out-and-out nominations, so for now we'll plan to not include any Starbucks. I'm surprised no one has pitched for the Iron Mug in Morgan Park or the Casa Latte in Hermantown, but those are also a little out of the way for the mainstream and unlikely to compete well in a poll. The poll launches Friday morning. Argue about the nominations now or hold your peace ... until after the poll and then complain about it even though it's too late.

Shane

about 4 months ago

What about Amity Coffee in Lakeside? They have only been open a month or so. The Starbucks at Bluestone is notable, amongst coffee geeks, for having the only clover machine in the region.

nicolai

about 4 months ago

According to Amity Coffee's facebook page they are opening up on Sat. Dont think they have sold a drop of coffee yet. Hoping its good though. Lakeside needs a good coffee shop. Actually, scratch that. Lakeside needs the ability to serve alcohol, which then in turn it needs a good craft brew bar. Amirite guys?

Shane

about 3 months ago

I saw people sitting in Amity coffee last week drinking something out of cups. It is possible they were doing a soft opening or training or something.

Dorkus

about 3 months ago

Lakeside was literally a single vote away from having alcohol the last time they held a vote on the matter. Though it was restricted to lakeside residents.

Paul Lundgren

about 3 months ago

That was a nonbinding advisory referendum, so it didn't matter that it came down to one vote, really. If there had been overwhelming support the city council would have likely legalized booze in Lakeside, but the voter deadlock made it easy for councilors to sit on there hands and say there wasn't enough neighborhood support for the change.

eatdrinklovelocal

about 3 months ago

When do the polls close?

Paul Lundgren

about 3 months ago

At some random moment, probably today.

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