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In 2006 one man had a vision to change coffee in the Twin Cities forever.... actually, a 24 year-old wanted to open a coffee shop that reminded him of the cafés he had frequented while living in Europe.

Opening in a 650 square foot storefront in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Andrew Kopplin attempted to make coffee he enjoyed drinking. He brewed coffee freshly on his pour-over bar, pulled ristretto-style espresso shots, and even put latte art (not the best, but tried really hard) on his beverages. Every day he learned more from himself and those around him, and the coffee became more polished and better tasting. He went from using multiple roasters to choosing one to finally experimenting with roasting his own beans.

Along the way, he hired employees, made friends, met his wife (now business partner), Amanda. In 2011 they realized that the café needed a bigger space that could fit its growing community. Together they moved the shop to its current location in the Merriam Park neighborhood on a block anchored by Izzy’s Ice Cream and Choo-Choo Bob’s Train Store. The shop continued to evolve, expanding to include exclusively house-roasted beans by experienced roaster and friend Jamin Haddox, a curated selection of handmade local and artistic wares, and a focus on knowledgeable well-trained baristas.

Now with two kids livening the atmosphere, Kopplin's is truly a family-run business. Despite changes along the way, the shop continues to pursue the original goals: adhere to a careful balance of tradition and innovation, serve people something delicious, and learn to savor each moment within the community.

We call Kopplin’s our “public house.” Come linger over a cup with us!

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