The Growth of the Specialty Foods Market

Over the last several years you may have noticed some changes in the food industry and the way people source, buy and talk about food. The specialty foods market is on the rise and is expected to reach 100 billion dollars by 2016. According to the Consumer Report, the specialty food industry is growing approximately three times as fast as the regular food industry. A study reported on in Fancy Food and Culinary Products states that 59 percent of U.S. consumers have purchased specialty products. Top contenders amongst specialty food purchases include chocolate, coffee and tea (all falling within the top 10 items). Not only are people buying these items, but they’re making very conscious decisions about it, going out of their way to seek out retailers who offer specialized products and making purchases online for specific items.

While better quality undoubtedly plays a role in the decision to purchase specialty items, there are other motivations as well. Products that are produced sustainably rank high on the priority list for many consumers. According to a Consumer Report produced by the Specialty Food Association, 84 percent of specialty food consumers find value in sustainably produced products. This often means seeking out certifications such as All Natural, Organic, Fair Trade, GMO-Free or locally produced items.

We at UP Coffee Roasters pride ourselves on providing products that are made with recycled materials, are biodegradable/recyclable, organic, all natural and fair trade. Our work with Café Femenino helps support women in the coffee industry and build stronger farming communities. Our goal to provide organically produced coffee whenever possible speaks to our commitment to environmental consciousness. Not to mention all the electricity needed to power our roastery comes from sustainable solar energy via our 10 kilowatt solar panels. We understand that with every purchase consumers make they are voting with their wallets for what types of products and companies they want to support. So when your café, restaurant or shop is selling or serving Organic and Fair Trade coffee and tea, or All Natural or Organic soups, milk alternatives and syrups from UP Coffee Roasters, make sure you are letting your customers know! They will love hearing about how the dollars they’re spending have a positive impact on the people and communities that produce those items.


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Espresso Drinks and Winter Gift Ideas

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Winter is in full swing here in Minneapolis with snow flying, wind blowing and trees glistening. It’s the time of year when many of us Minnesotans and Minnesota transplants (like much of the UP Crew) snuggle in with good books, cozy blankets and warm, tasty espresso drinks. No matter what your taste, we’ve got a delicious winter creation for you!

Stop by our café for an expertly crafted seasonal drink such as our Peppermint Bark Latte, Orange Mocha, Toffee Vanilla Bean Latte, Pistachio Mocha or ‘The Nog,’ which is a traditional eggnog latte topped with nutmeg. If there’s nothing you’re especially drawn to in that list, we’d be happy to help craft a unique drink just for you!

Wish you could have these tasty treats in the comfort of your own home? You can! Feel free to pop over to the warehouse and pick up your own bottle of Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce, a jug of Mountain Cider Concentrate or a canister of David Rio Tiger Spiced Chai. Make your drink of choice your own with some Monin Gingerbread syrup or Torani Italian Eggnog syrup.

It’s the season for giving, and we don’t always know what a great gift would be for our family and friends, but UP Coffee Roasters has a few ideas for you! Grab your favorite caffeine addict a reusable Keep Cup so they can bring their coffee on the go! Keep Cups are available in plastic or glass and a variety of sizes and colors. You can give a great gift while reducing the number of disposable cups that end up in the waste stream!

Then, choose your favorite variety of freshly roasted, organic, fair trade certified coffee from our retail shelf. It’s a wonderful way to get into the season that you can also feel great about–your coffee purchase helps support small family farms and cooperatives as well as sustainable coffee farming practices. Or, for all the tea drinkers out there, choose your favorite variety of Numi or Two Leaves and a Bud organic tea, available in loose leaf or pre-packaged tea bags. Both companies are dedicated to providing a healthy, sustainable product that benefits not only those who drink it, but those who grow it as well.

We are thankful for your support throughout this past year and look forward to continuing to bring you quality, delicious products for years to come. Have a great holiday season!

Fall is in the air…

It’s Time to Enjoy the Fruits of the Season!


Mountain Cider Company

100% Pure All Natural


 Check out these great Apple Cider recipes:

Caramel Apple
1 ounce cider concentrate
1 ounce caramel syrup
6 ounces hot water
Whipped cream on top.

Hot Apple Pie
1 ounce cider concentrate
1 ounce butterscotch syrup
6 ounces hot water
Whipped cream on top.

Sparkling Cider
1 ounce cider concentrate
7 ounces sparkling water

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Have fun this Summer

Let’s get Creative!

Fun Summer Recipes


Decided to make a few Italian sodas for myself, using MONIN strawberry & blueberry syrup.
I also added a splash of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations, Lemonade to the strawberry! Delicious!!

Have fun this Summer, try a new drink (or two) & treat your customers to a sweet, fruity Italian soda!!



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New Drinks for Summer

Fresh Mint Cold Press

To make Fresh Mint Syrup


2 cup water
2 cup sugar
2 big bunches of fresh mint leaves 
2 vanilla bean pods, seeds scraped (or use 2 pumps of Amoretti Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean)

*Mint simple syrup; add the water, sugar, mint leaves and vanilla beans (and empty pod) to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Let it bubble for a minute or so, then reduce the heat and let it cool completely. Put it in a bowl or jar, let it come to room temperature then stick it in the fridge overnight. In the morning (or before using), strain out the mint leaves and vanilla pod – or simply leave them in to continue flavoring the syrup.

To make Fresh Mint Cold Press


1.5 Oz fresh mint syrup
8 Oz cold press
2 Oz milk, cream or sweetened condensed milk
fresh mint leaves for garnish

Combine in a 12 Oz glass over ice, serve & enjoy!

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We got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day!

Bring Spring In!


Cheer up you customers rainy day blues with bright & fruity,

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Just add a pump or 2 of your favorite syrup to iced soda water, sit back and enjoy!

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Lots of recipes &  garnishes. Have fun! Ask for customers for their favorite flavor combinations! Have an Italian Soda of the day!

Check out


 for a recipe ideas!

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Dulce de Leche from Monin

**Did you say Dulce de Leche?!!**

Special Offer from:

Monin Gourmet Flavorings

Pre-order a full case (4 x 64oz jugs) & get the second case free! BUY 1 Get 1 Free! 


That’s right! Introducing a MONIN Dulce de Leche. The perfect creamy, dairy-rich caramel flavor sauce.
For crafting specialty coffee beverages, dessert drinks, or as a decadent garnish. 

Pre-order a full case (4 x 64oz jugs) & get the second case free! BUY 1 Get 1 Free! 


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