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Great grinds equal grand times


Seattle and Portland may have started the whole coffeehouse craze but Grand Forks has definitely perfected it!  All throughout our town we have several java joints (some locally owned, some national chains) ready to brew you up a cup of caffeine filled deliciousness.  Each has a little something different to offer…but all offer a great place to have a grand time.


DAKOTA HARVEST BAKERS – Along with amazing French press coffee, Dakota Harvest has some of the best buns in town!  For sweets lovers like me, the ginormous caramel sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are definitely the way to go.  Although, I definitely wouldn’t turn down one of their butterscotch scones, raspberry white chocolate muffins or Special K bars.  Location: 17 North 3rd Street, 701-772-2100


CARIBOU COFFEE – This popular regional chain has a variety of tasty coffee creations to either warm you up or cool you down.  My top choices are the Northern Lite Latte and Iced Campfire Mocha.  They even have drinks for little ones including a yummy Hot Chocolate and Mango Orange Smoothie.  Location: 2400 South Washington Street, 701-775-3668


COFFEE COMPANY – This Grand Forks original is the only place in town that actually roasts their own beans.  The Cowboy Coffee is my favorite blend and since they can bag it to-go, y’all can Keurig up a cup for yourself at home anytime.  After a day of shopping your way through Columbia Mall, a delicious Hazelnut Latte is a perfect way to unwind and rewind through all your great buys.  Locations: 2100 South Columbia Road, 701-772-1995; Columbia Mall, 701-772-1507


TIM HORTONS – Though they’re known primarily for the melt-in-your-mouth donut bites called Timbits, their dark roast coffee should never play second fiddle.  Even without some fried goodness to accompany it, Tim’s Joe is some of the best around.  Location: 801 42nd Street South, 701-757-4440


URBAN STAMPEDE – In addition to fresh-brewed java, this funky downtown coffeehouse serves specialty drinks, bagels, sandwiches and pastries.  They are also home to the World’s Smallest Art Gallery, featuring rotating works by talented local artists.  In between sips, peruse through the souvenir/gift section and pick out a cool t-shirt or mug.  Location: 324 Kittson Avenue, 701-746-9531


For a complete list of places to lose your blues with some brews, go to and click on Coffeehouses in the drop down menu.


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