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Seattle and Portland may have started the whole coffeehouse craze but Grand Forks has definitely perfected it!
Throughout our two towns, we have several java joints (a few teahouses, too) ready to barista you up a cup of caffeinated deliciousness. Some are locally owned, some are international chains; however, each has a little something different to offer and makes for one cozy place to warm up in Forks.
Situated on the beautiful University of North Dakota campus, Archives is a popular place to relax and revive will you java jive. Order up a warm Earl Grey or cool latte, with a gooey caramel roll chaser, then sit back and chat with that special friend you haven’t seen in ages. Since Archives partners monthly with a local charitable organization, you’re simultaneously giving back to the community and helping make a positive impact.
This Grand Forks original is the only place in town that roasts its own beans. The Cowboy Coffee is my favorite blend and since they can bag it to-go, y’all can brew up a cup for yourself at home anytime. BB now also sells K-cups for all those Keurig enthusiasts out there. Popular bean-free drinks include the Chai Tea Latte, Gourmet Hot Chocolate and Real Fruit Smoothies. And make sure to try one of their famous fresh baked scones or sweet rolls. Locations: 2100 S Columbia Rd; 4571 S Washington St; 2900 14th Ave S (Valley Memorial Homes); 1200 S 42nd St (Alerus Center); 321 DeMers Ave
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 Caramel Hi Rise, Campfire Mocha, Northern Lite Vanilla Cooler and Pomegranate Acai Tea Latte. They even have drinks for little ones including a yummy Frozen Hot Chocolate and Strawberry Banana Smoothie. The South Columbia Road location also serves up fresh baked Einstein Bagels. Locations: 2400 S Washington St; 1225 S Columbia Rd; 1750 32nd Ave S (Hugo’s); 306 14th St NE (Hugo’s)
Perusing our unique Downtown boutiques and need a break? Stop by The Ember for a cup and some conversation! The friendly volunteer baristas are there to serve both you and the community, as a portion of funds raised go toward local charities and organizations. With your freshly made drink in hand – perhaps a yummy lemon bar or piece of cheesecake, as well – head upstairs to the loft for a game of checkers or quick read from the mini library. You’ll also want to check Ember’s event calendar, as they frequently host performances by talented local musicians. Location: 324 Kittson Ave
Take my word for it, the fresh made bubble tea, smoothies, crepes and Tai stir-fried ice cream at Tea & Crepe Café will all rock your taste buds! Ideally located in the heart of Downtown, just a block walk from Empire Arts Center, stop by before or after a show and taste the tealiciousness for yourself. Some of my personal favorites are the Jasmine Bubble Tea, Passion Fruit Iced Tea, Chocolate Lover Crepe and Bumblebee Tai Ice Cream Roll starring bananas and Nutella. Location: 307 DeMers Ave
One of Canada’s most popular exports, Tim Hortons is primarily known for its am’eh’zing melt-in-your-mouth donut bites called Timbits. However, the tall, dark (roast) and handsome coffee will also make you swoon! Even without some sweet fried goodness to accompany it, Tim’s Joe is some of the best around. Chillax inside on a comfy couch or just pull up to the drive-thru window. Location: 801 42nd St S
This funky landmark Downtown coffeehouse, once serving as a bank for fur traders, now serves up legendarily delicious fresh brewed java, tea, 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 up a bag of cool beans plus an even cooler mug or t-shirt to go with it. Location: 324 Kittson Ave
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