The New Day New Grounds Coffee Festival 2010

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The New Day New Grounds Coffee Festival (aka CoffeeFest) took place this Saturday at Calhoun Square in Uptown. $10 bought visitors attendance and a sampling mug; the nearly 40 vendors in attendance were happy to ply guests with coffee, tea, Liege waffles, cheesecake, and myriad other samples.

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Coffee wunderkind Andrew Kopplin (of Kopplin’s Coffee) demonstrated the creation of latte art on the second floor.

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Vendors in attendance included Northeast Minneapolis roasters Flamenco Organic Coffee and Peace Coffee (which recently opened a cafe at 33rd St. and Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis). Dogwood Coffee Co. (a breakaway company from Bull Run, now serving Clover-brewed coffee in Calhoun Square) wasn’t part of the festival, but its proximity to the action and quality of product made it hard to miss.

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Peet’s Coffee, a national chain that’s now available at Lunds, Byerly’s, and Kowalski’s stores, was in full effect, sampling brews and handing out free packets of coffee. Also pictured: The Cake Diva, Coffee Queen Coffee, Coffee & Tea Ltd., Muddy Paws, and Flamenco Organic’s clever sticker-based viral marketing solution.

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James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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