Wednesday, December 2, 2009

An excellent coffee bar that sets the standard very high opens near Lake Calhoun!

Bull Run finally teamed up with Rustica Bakery to open a globally conscious high end coffee bar and bakery. And thank god for that because this city needs more coffee bars like this badly! I spoke with Greg Hoyt the owner while sipping excellent espressos prepared by barista Keith Mrotek. Greg spoke with passion about this product we love so much... coffee! We talked about educating the American public and raising standards in ways that hopefully will catch on with the general populace.

Greg welcomed me warmly as I'm sure he will you!

The coffee is brewed either French press, pour over brew bar, Clover, or siphon and the espresso pulled on a 3 group synesso hydra (of course!). Bull Run has pulled out all the stops at this coffee bar. They even put in a table for cuppings. How often do you see that? And of course teaming up with Rustica Bakery means you'll not only drink fantastic high quality coffee but have many guilty pleasures to eat as well!

Eric Faust profiles Bull Run in an excellent article he wrote for the Heavy Table. Click here to read this article. And be sure to visit these guys and help them get off the ground. Accept no substitutes or imitators!

Keith is so good he can pull shots better with his eyes closed than most can with them open! (sorry Keith, I'll get a better photo next time!)


  1. Very impressive! I have never heard of a midwestern coffee shop with a table meant exclusively for cuppings. Very interesting. I wonder if this shop will be a start of a trend?

  2. Sorry newbie here. Happy to see coffee with such great attention to perfection! Their espresso machine in the article looks amazing, awesome.. "EspressoVein" I think kopplins.. J & S Bean Factory.. coffee & tea by lee.. do custom brews in the TC, probably not a new trend really but definitely gotta try this joint!!

  3. Newbie's are always welcome! Love those other places too. Long live high quality espresso!

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