Reporting Holly Wagner
Joel and I snagged a coffee break recently at Matchbox Organic Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis. This is one of my favorite spots in my old neighborhood!
You could easily miss it driving by, because it is as tiny as a matchbox, sandwiched in between an eclectic furniture store and hair salon. Behind the red and brown brick exterior, it has an earthy and simplistic feel to it. There is one table inside to sit at, and a couple of bar stools, a worn wood floor.
Joel and I ordered up the usual, dark roast coffee and a mocha. I already knew I would love it, because my husband and I used to make stops there frequently on the weekends. I didn’t have a coffee maker at the time, no joke! So we would take a walk and stop for coffee.
A couple of unique things about Matchbox … It’s collectively owned and nearly waste-free. A group of seven people own and run the shop. Chris Hepola is one of the owners. He told me they compost and recycle 99 percent of everything they use from plastic, to food waste, coffee grounds, etc. I love to recycle and appreciate the earth friendly attitude, so this is a huge hit with me!
They order their beans from Equal Exchange and B&W. Chris told me his favorites are the Guatemalan and Midnight Sun coffees.
Joel took a photo of his sweet treat sprinkled with cocoa! He was a huge fan. Joel commented right away about tasting quality ingredients in the drink. His review “Small shop, big taste!”
One of my favorite things is they have organic creamer and raw sugar! My cup of coffee was full of flavor, not bitter but rich and tasty. I love the coffee, and I also love the neighborhood atmosphere and small, cozy feel of the place! I highly recommend stopping in.
If you want to check it out, it’s on the 1300 block of 2nd Street Northeast, two blocks or so off Broadway. Here is a link to their Facebook page.