When we hire employees, we really don’t focus on previous experience in specialty coffee. Instead, we look for well-rounded individuals who are interested in being part of our community. And then we train them meticulously to prepare and serve the best coffee and traditional espresso beverages around. We believe that employees who have a passion for place, for taste, and for life will also be driven to create authentic and delicious experiences for our customers.
Our Handmade Goods
When you have a shop run by a barista and an artist, it’s natural to focus on independent and handmade products. When selecting our retail offerings, we place an emphasis on craftsmanship, personal experience and integrity, and focus on highlighting work by makers with a connection to the Kopplin’s community.
Rogue Chocolatier is a small, authentic bean-to-bar manufactory formerly located in Minnesota, now located in Three Rivers, Massachusetts. We got to know owner and chocolatier Colin Gasko during his time in the Twin Cities, and know that he personally sources the finest cacao and cleans, roasts, winnows, grinds, refines, conches, tempers, molds, and packages award winning single-origin chocolates by hand. This craftsmanship brings out the unique flavors of cacao that honors its origins and qualities.
Eureka Pots has had a place on our shelves since our move to Marshall Avenue in 2011, but we’ve been enjoying their work in our own home for much longer. Potters Colleen Riley and Donovan Palmquist bring years of artistic experience, which shines through in their exceptional stoneware fired primarily in their downdraft soda kiln. We know them from years of visits at art fairs and events in Northfield, MN (Amanda’s hometown).
Our Artist Selection
We value the atmosphere art creates in our shop and our life. In addition to our many artistic retail offerings, we hang 6-8 rotating shows of two-dimensional art on our vast walls each year. For each artist we hope to create opportunities for new connections with a reception, retail features, or trunk show during the course of their exhibit. We’re always on the look-out for artwork to introduce to the Kopplin’s community. If you would like to submit a show proposal for consideration, please view the guidelines on our Artist Submission page.