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Let the Show Begin
The time has come upon us once again to get our show season started. For the 2014 show season, Upper Midwest Gourmet will be exhibiting at 3 shows. These shows are being held in Minneapolis, Milwaukee and St. Louis MO.
Please check out the web sites below for each of these shows. You can sign up to attend or discover more about what each show is focused on. You can also contact our friendly staff for details about these shows, and obtain the booth number we will be at for each.
2nd Annual Selling Dessert Show
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Please join us this year at one, or all of these shows, if you can. One of the best parts of our job is having the pleasure to meet with our customers face to face to learn more about you and your business needs. Please feel free to contact us for further information, or check out the show websites above. Call 612-728-7208 or email Kevin@umgcoffee.com
Hope to connect with you this year,
Staff at Upper Midwest Gourmet
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We will be highlighting a bunch of great products at the WI Restaurant Expo next week.
Please make sure to come visit us in booth 748 to check out:
*Note we stock the brand new Hario Electric Buono Kettles and can ship immediately!
Please Contact Us for more information.
We hope to see you there!
We had a great time at Coffee Fest in Chicago this year! We had four booths in a row which finally gave us enough space to truly showcase our wide array of offerings. From gelato made with authentic Italian ingredients from Fabbri to our huge selection of cafe products to our own Flamenco coffee to one of our favorite customers, The Growling Rabbit, chatting in our booths and bringing some of their amazing baked offerings, also made with Fabbri, it was a total success!
Here are some pictures to enjoy:
Thanks again to everyone that made it to the show and visited us while attending. It was our pleasure to meet you!
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Just wanted to say “Thank You” to everyone that came out and chatted with us at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo last week.
It was a pleasure sampling our great products to all of you and we really appreciate your business!
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What a winter we have had this year! It’s either been the worst or the best, depending on your perspective. We hope that the warmer than usual weather has helped business for everyone.
The weather will be turning even warmer, though, which means cold drinks like iced espresso drinks, cold press coffee, smoothies, frappes, iced tea, and lemonade are going to really start picking up. It also means that those of you that are making gelato will start to see some serious sales increases.
We have used this winter to make some serious improvements around here with a focus to better serve you, and want to let you all know again how much we appreciate your business!
Please check out our newest Brewsletter – Volume 46 – Winter 2011/12
Also, please go to the Brewsletters Page on our website to download and read previous Brewsletters. They contain lots of useful information!
Enjoy and thanks again from all of us at UMG!
Upper Midwest Gourmet and Flamenco Organic Coffee Company will be in booth 748 for the 2012 WI Restaurant Show.
Where: Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Booth 748)
When: March 12th-14th (11am-5pm Monday, 10am-5pm Tuesday, 10am-3pm Wednesday)
Here is a link to the show for more information: WI RESTAURANT EXPO
If you would like more information or possibly a FREE pass to the show please Contact Us.
See you there!
We are proud to unveil our newest set of company wheels, the Flamenco Organic Coffee Van!
This beauty will be delivering fresh coffee daily around the Twin Cities.
Make sure to give us a honk or two if you see us in your neck of the woods.
We would really like to thank everyone that visited our booth at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo this year in Milwaukee. We were very happy to be a part of this expo for our 16th or 17th year. Who can keep track anymore…
This, again, was a success and we owe it all to our customers, new and old. Here are some of the products we showcased and received most feedback on:
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Upper Midwest Gourmet and Flamenco Organic Coffee Company will be in booth 748 for the 2011 WI Restaurant Show.
Where: Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Booth 748)
When: March 21st-23rd (11am-5pm Monday, 10am-5pm Tuesday, 10am-3pm Wednesday)
Here is a link to the show for more information: WI RESTAURANT EXPO
See you there!
Upper Midwest Gourmet is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting this year at Coffee Fest Chicago being held at the Navy Pier on the shore line of Lake Michigan.
This year’s event is being held the weekend of February 18th-20th, 2011. The show hours are Friday and Saturday 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P. M. Upper Midwest Gourmet and our Flamenco Organic Coffee Company will be showing off our goods in booths 101 & 102. You may also find one of us assisting one of the many vendors and/or manufacturers in their various booths throughout the show floor on any one of the open days.
We would love to have you stop by and visit with us, take a look at some new and exciting products and sample some goodies. If you would like to attend this show, please contact us as we have a limited number of FREE PASSES for up to four persons per business. You will need to obtain a pass code from Upper Midwest Gourmet in order to receive this free admission. You only have until January 30th to take advantage of this offer so act soon if you are planning on attending. Please Contact Us for more details.
You can go to www.coffeefest.com for more info on this show and to see who will be exhibiting this year.
As always, we greatly appreciate our customers continued patronage and support and always look forward to a face-to-face opportunity to visit with you.
Hope to see you at the show!
Next time you are making your way from the Twin Cities down to Rochester or if you are just enjoying Southern Minnesota make sure to stop in Pine Island at the Better Brew Coffeehouse! They are preparing the best coffee drinks in their area and are always happy to meet someone new.
If it is high quality ingredients prepared perfectly that makes you happy, then this cafe is sure to put a huge smile on your face.
The owner, Marie, along with her other awesome ladies on her staff, know what they are doing and take pride in every drink, baked good, or meal that they create. They care about being organic, fair-trade, and eco-concious which is right up UMG’s alley. If you want a great experience with some yummy treats then you need to go to Better Brew Coffeehouse today!
Better Brew Coffeehouse
Owner/Manager: Marie Hlava
301 North Main St.
Pine Island, MN 55936
Next time you are in the Fargo/Moorhead area make sure to stop by Fargo Coffee Company.
Finally a cafe that serves high quality drinks and food in a very comfortable and classy atmosphere. From the dark wood counters and furnishings to the plasma televisions, this cafe is truly stunning.
They serve Fair Trade Organic coffee and espresso drinks that will be sure to impress you. I can personally say that it is one of the few times I’ve ordered a dry cappuccino and received an espresso drink that was nothing short of perfect.
Fargo Coffee Co. is still very new to the scene in Fargo/Moorhead, but is already getting a ton of attention and positive feedback.
Just check out their guest comments: http://fargocoffeeco.com/guestcomments.htm
Please enjoy some pictures of the cafe. (just click on picture to enlarge and view)
1601 University Dr S
Fargo, ND 58103
Upper Midwest Gourmet/Flamenco Organic Coffee Company was honored to be a part of this year’s NACUFS Conference!
Roastmaster, Jesse Grote, and Sales Manager, Michael Applen, took part in the conference.
We had a blast presenting an interest seminar on Monday themed “Why Choose Fair Trade, Organic Specialty Coffee?” and also took part in the vendor showcase on the following Tuesday. Thanks to everyone that came to the seminar and visited our booth at the showcase.
Here are some pictures of the showcase. Please click to enlarge.
Special thanks to host of the conference, Concordia College of Moorhead, for their hospitality and especially for their gift to us of the “FARGO” DVD!
Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about us or the show or if you were at the show and loved the coffee and would like to order for your school!
It’s show season again! Look for Upper Midwest Gourmet at the shows this weekend, next month and all year:
Chicago, IL – Coffeefest 2009: Friday, Sat, Sun: Feb. 20th – 22nd:Look for Kevin and David, we’ll be mixing up all those yummy Frappes in Cappuccine’s booth
Minneapolis, MN – UP Show 2009: Monday, Tuesday: Feb. 23rd & 24th: Look for Kevin in the Vita Mix booth for some delicious smoothies.
Moorhead, MN (Concordia College) NACUFS Conference: Monday,Tuesday: Feb. 23rd & 24th: Michael and Jesse will be giving a presentation on the benefits of using Fair Trade, Organic Specialty Coffee. They will also be focusing on ‘Going Green’ and how it can improve your profits and strengthen sales, all while leaving a better mark on the world.
Milwaukee, WI Restaurant Show & Expo 2009: Mon, Tue, Wed: March 9th-11th: Jesse, Kevin and David will be demonstrating all the new products for 2009.
Minneapolis, MN – UMGWHQ 2009 (Upper Midwest Gourmet World Headquarters): February – December 2009: The show that never ends! Come to our showroom and try out any product anytime. Our showroom is fully functional so you can brew coffee, extract espresso and froth milk, make gelato and sorbetto, prepare pastry or even bake bread! You can also see the latest equipment in action, watch training videos, see what’s new and exciting before anyone else or just come to play some foosball (beware, Michael can really run a table). We’d love to have you here. If your going to the UP show, stop by before or after the show? David, Sarah, Eric, Alan, Brandon and Charles will all be around to help you.
We hope to see you all soon!
David – Chief Beanhead
Alternative titles for this entry could be Coffee fan realizes dream! or Sales rep now selling something he loves! For the past 9 years I have been a part of growing a small frozen pizza company from a small local player (Appleton, WI) to a strong regional player (WI, IL the UP). This was challenging and satisfying work but I was ready for a change.
I have for a longtime been a fan of the espresso/coffee house industry. My first Cappuccino experience was at the Ovens of Brittany restaurants in Madison, WI. in the early 80s. The people in my life know of my love of coffee and many have told me that I should be working in the industry, and now happily I am. This came about because I learned of UMG at Backroads Coffee in Hayward, WI. (By the way, very nice people, who took time when busy, to answer this customers coffee questions). I am so pleased to be a part of the team at UMG where my responsibilities will be to grow our business in IL and eastern IA. The blend of products, expertise and committed people at this company will be a joy to share with new customers.
If you would like to contact me my cell # is 612-432-8119 , email email@example.com.
Tim Eddy – Southeastern Sales Manager
Zoomski’s Coffee Shop located in Little Falls, MN does the independant cafe industry proud!
The staff and owner of Zoomski’s take immense pride in their coffee and espresso drinks. This is most evident by their attention to only serving Fair Trade Organic coffee and espresso, but by also being Golden Cup Certified!
Not only do they make great beverages, but their food is prepared with the same attention to detail and top-notch quality. They are a drive-through, but also have seating for enjoying food and drink inside the cafe.
They do a very nice job with their lunch catering and also host a small Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday on their property.
Here are some pictures from the cafe, of some of their amazing delicacies, and their Farmer’s Market.
Please click on picture to enlarge.
Please visit Zoomski’s next time you are in Little Falls, Minnesota.
Zoomski’s Coffee Shop
500 E Broadway
Little Falls, MN 56345
Owner/Manager: Gloria Kaliszewski – (320)632-4355
Please Contact Us for more information about Zoomski’s or about the awesome products they serve!
Next time you are in Northern Minnesota take some time to enjoy a beautiful cafe in Park Rapids called “Bella Caffe.”
Thom and Cathy Peterson are the owners and they did a great job of creating the perfectly authentic Italian motif for their cafe. They serve espresso and coffee, fruit smoothies, wine, beer, cheeses, antipasto, paninis, treats, and much more.
I truly enjoyed my experience at their cafe and am positive you will as well.
Bella Caffe – 116 3rd Street West, Park Rapids, MN 56470 / (218)732-7625
Please Contact Us for more information.
The next time you are in Norwood Young America, Minnesota, please stop in and visit the historical Young America feed mill that has been beautifully restored and renovated using recycled building materials from the Upper Midwest United States!
The huge historic building houses three different businesses that work together in perfect harmony.
1) The Flower Mill is a full-service florist specializing in wedding, funeral and all-occasion floral needs.
2) The Mill House offers home furnishings (old and new), antiques, candles, gifts, soaps and lotions and much, much more!
3) Millstone Pantry offers specialty cakes for all occasions and is a full-service specialty coffeehouse and cafe.
The Millstone Pantry offers top-notch baked goods along with fresh coffee, perfect espresso drinks, tasty paninis and pizzas, and a whole lot more. One of the nicest features of the three businesses under one roof is how well it all goes together. Feel free to shop or look around the multiple floors of products offered by The Flower Mill and The Mill House while you wait for your food and drinks to be freshly prepared by Millstone Pantry’s friendly staff.
Please click on this link if you would like to schedule a consulation for a cake to be made by Millstone Pantry for your next celebration.
Please Contact Us if you would like further information about any of these businesses.
Comments are open on this blog post, so please feel free to add any positive experiences you may have had at The Mill.
Look for the Big Red Roof!
18 3rd Ave SE
Norwood Young America, MN
(one mile North on County Road 34 from 212 West)
Next time you make the trip to Grand Casino, Hinckley please stop in and visit our friends at the Velvet Bean Coffee Cafe.
They make the best coffee, espresso drinks, frappes, and smoothies in town!
They also have yummy gelato among with many other tasty treats like panini’s and pastry.
Here are some pictures of the beautiful cafe.
Please Contact Us if you would like any other information about Velvet Bean Coffee Cafe.
Comments are OPEN if you would like to ask questions or give a personal review of your experience at Velvet Bean.
Well if these three shows weren’t enough:
UP Show – Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN – Feb. 18th-20th, 2007
Coffee Fest Chicago – Navy Pier, Chicago, IL – Feb. 23rd-25th, 2007
WI Restaurant Expo – Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, WI – March 12th-14th
We’ve now decided to do the North American Pizza & Ice Cream Show in Columbus Ohio February 25th and 26th. Will have double coverage with Upper Midwest Gourmet running Technogel equipment in one booth and Fabbri North America running Carpigiani in another booth. Come try all the great Gelato, Pastry and Coffee products available from Fabbri, the number one ingrediant company in Italy.
For information on the NAPICS show please go to: www.napics.com
Now you can go for FREE if you register before February 2nd, 2007!
Register after February 2nd, 2007 and get $20 OFF the” $30 admission with coupon.
Upper Midwest Gourmet will be in booth #122 making Gelato.
See you there!
Hello Upper Midwesters!!
I’m writing to you all from the mountain top of the Hilton Palace in Sorento Italy. I just spent 3 days running around Naples trying all the Gelato. I think I had gelato in 4 or 5 places every day but who’s counting. (I have some fun pictures I’ll share later when the upload time isn’t as expensive. In the meantime, I’ve asked my blog coach to insert a couple of Sorrento photos from the net to spice up this post.)
Needless to say, it’s a tough job and I’m glad to be here for you all to do it. If you’ve never been to Naples I gotta tell you, it is one hell of a city. It’s like New York on steroids. New Yorkers have no clue what traffic is until they try and drive there.
Bethany and I took a ferry across the bay to Sorrento this morning and we’re very happy for the more relaxed pace and fresher air here. We’ll be here for 2 days before hopping on the 7 hour train up north to Riccione and the gelato convention.
As we sip our cappuccino in the unusually warm 70 degree weather we look forward to more good gelato and coffee here. I’ll try and check in again soon and stay posted for some great pictures.
I recently paid a visit to one of my favorite café’s in the North Country. Zoomski’s is located on the main drag in the heart of downtown Little Falls Minnesota. Her decision to open a full service coffee café in Little Falls has turned out to be a good one. It was non-stop customers during the 2 hour period that Gloria and I visited. She has an excellent selection of coffee & espresso specialty drinks along with an awesome food menu.
Gloria started out the way most of us do by purchasing most of her food prepared or ready to serve. She was also using a lot of food items that she could combine to make edibles, i.e. condiments and baked goods. After being unsatisfied with the quality and health aspects of these food items, Gloria did the unthinkable! She decided to make and offer as many as possible items that are either home made by her or by others in the industry that use all natural ingredients. Therefore, her café is now offering a complete line of healthy and natural foods. She even makes the soups from scratch! Although this may take more time and effort, Gloria is happy to report that her customers absolutely love her food menu, as was apparent during my visit.
What do you do if you find your independent café suddenly wedged between two major competitors? I say count your blessings. You may need to work smarter (not harder) at drawing your customers away from the “hype” of the big name players. Remember, you are independent and not restricted by corporate decisions. So get creative in your marketing strategies and do some things that you know that they can not do.
This is the conversation that I had with Patty Morris of “Metro Coffee Café” in Mound Minnesota. She requested some help with her marketing and training programs. I spent a lot of our conversation on the seriousness of training your staff to become and remain “consistent”. This will either make or break any café. Why do you think that the Starbucks and Caribou’s of the world have gone with the super-automatic espresso machines? It takes the issue of inconsistency out of the equation of bad product. As an independent café owner, it is crucial for you to train, re-train, and continue to re-train your staff not only in the basic techniques and procedures of drink making, but also in “above reproach” customer service. Go visit one of the big guys, and I’m quite sure you will discover what I mean. The sad fact is that most independents don’t have these crucial issues under control at all.
Why sell Fair-Trade Organic Coffees? Ask Nesting Grounds Café.
If the coffee doesn’t have the certification of Fair-trade and/or Organic, Jim Mericle of The Nesting Grounds Café does not offer it. Jim has owned the Nesting Grounds in Wyoming Minnesota now for just over 2 years. He is a Pastor by trade, but has recently decided to give his full attention to his Café. From the Start, Jim was focused on turning his café into a place where the community wil benefit. Not only is he focused on supporting local businesses and groups, but has recently broadened his efforts to supporting growers and producers of Fair-trade, organic and natural grown products from around the world.His efforts are displayed in the product lines offered from FTO coffees and teas to regional and local cialis pills grown produce and edibles. Jim’s visit to coffee farms has him very concerned about ensuring that these growers and producers are not exploited, but that they receive fair prices and fair treatment. He believes in making deposits of hope and feels like he is making a difference for both the present and future generations.
After several hours of discussion with Jim about his passion…
Flamenco Fair Trade Organic Coffee was proud to be a part of the 17th Annual Calhoun Square Coffee Festival on November 18, 2006. Our Master Roaster, Jesse, and our Western Sales Manager, Michael, were present to give away samples of our great coffee and discuss how and why we do what we do. Al, our Grindmaster equipment vendor, was also present and we thank him for his knowledge and efforts to help us with our equipment.
The show was a definite success. People really loved our new Ethiopian Natural Sidamo with its blueberry undertones, as well as, our City Roasted Dominican Republic “Barahona” with its nutty complexity.
We were quite happy with the great response that we got from our Fair Trade Organic Matador blend espresso. We went through 5 lbs in 4 hours, wow! All in all, it was a great time and we recommend any coffee enthusiasts to check it out next year or at least watch our video of it this year.
Click play to watch. Total time: 2 minutes, 5 seconds.
Next time you’re in Downtown St. Paul swing on by the James J. Hill reference library for a great cup of coffee, soup and a sandwich or maybe even some ice cream. Cuca at Zelda’s Cafe will be there to greet you with her famous smile. I stopped by Cuca’s place last Saturday and snapped a few pics of her cute shop. Notice the variety (not just coffee) and the simple sidewalk easel pointing people in without blowing their mind with too much information. Try the Panama coffee from her native country, it’s delicious!
David, Kevin, & Michael made and served gelato at the Reinart Food Show on October 24th with our friends from Taylor and Reinart. It was a good show and people seemed to really enjoy our fresh made Italian Gelato!
Please see video below of David and Kevin serving gelato.
Click play to watch. Total time: 1 minute, 31 seconds.
This past week I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite shops right here in our own back yard. It’s named the Liberty House Café & Creamery in Stillwater, Minnesota. The thing that I like most about this shop is the passion of its owners, Sal & Mary Rosa. Sal is originally from Italy and understands that his business is not just about serving good coffee and gelato, but more importantly, it’s about becoming a part of his community and to become a part of their daily life and culture. It’s about being a place where you can get to know your neighbors, a place where customers are proud to call “their local coffee shop.” It’s about being that place that you will tell your friends and family about and encourage them to visit.
Espresso and Gelato in Italy are an integrated part of daily life. The average Barista is thirty or forty and has been in their position for 10 plus years. It’s more like a career, not just a job! They are very passionate and proud of the products and atmosphere that their shop projects. Sal projects this passion. He understands the heart and soul of the espresso and gelato businesses. Just take a look at his shop’s layout. It has it all! (See photos)
The Liberty House Café & Creamery is a friendly and inviting place. Grab a specialty drink, a bite to eat or a desert, take off your coat, drop your bag, pull up a chair at one of the many tables (inside or outside), or just plop down on one of the oversized leather couches in front of the fireplace. Life here is meant to be slow and enjoyable. There’s even a cozy little corner for the kids, complete with toys for any age. This place is about community.
The aspect that impresses me the most about the décor and layout of Liberty House Café & Creamery is the fact that Sal & his wife designed it all, right down the paint colors and light fixtures. This gives them the advantage of understanding every little operational detail involved in owning and operating a coffee shop or café. It also gives them a deeper respect for everything within their shop. Including the wall plate covers!
Their menu includes Fair-trade Organic coffee (some of it’s the “World Famous” Flamenco Organic brand!), delicious pastries & pies, savory soups, salads and sandwiches (plain or grilled), and their on-site homemade gelato (using Fabbri ingredients). They even have an old fashioned soda fountain serving up mouth watering treats from days gone by. This can all be enjoyed in an atmosphere of hospitality and timeless elegance. Sal & Mary have figured out that just having great coffee or ice cream will not make it alone; you need to enhance/supplement these things with additional items that will draw in a verity of customers. Remember though to stay within the boundaries of what you are attempting to promote your shop or café to be, too much will keep customers away! They have cheap cialis also discovered that although location is very important, your shop’s atmosphere will keep customers coming back more than a good location and beautiful layout. Combine these two points together, and you have a formula for success!
Upper Midwest Gourmet is very proud to be associated with The Liberty House Café & Creamery. We encourage you to stop by and check out their café, or contact Sal & Mary Rosa for suggestions. They are firm believers in creating, maintaining and being part of a larger community of coffee shop café owners and are more than willing to share their secrets for (as long as you don’t want to put a shop next door to them!). You can contact them via phone at 651-430-3708 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Midwest Gourmet is also a firm believer in this larger community and strives to stay on top of our industry. We believe in assisting our customer with long-term success. We also still believe in the American Dream of owning your own business. We are here to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us for any matter relating to the industry. We can get a little sick of talking to each other all the time and do enjoy a fresh face.
Both Michael, our other sales manager, and I frequently travel and would love to stop by your shop or café to chat. We’d love to share your stories with our community of coffee lovers. Also, if you would like some ideas on how to market you shop or concept, give us a call, we can share some ideas and success stories from other café’s that are successful.
One last plug for the Liberty House Café & Creamery. NBC, Kare 11 stopped by a few weeks back and had a great time with Sal & Mary discussing their café. This interview will air on Kare 11’s “Morning Show” on Monday, October 23rd. The teaser is at 9:30 am and the full interview should air around 10:00 am. If you are reading this past that date, go to Kare 11’s web site, you can watch the clip from there.
A special thanks to Sal & Mary for their willingness to share their café with us and this site. I really encourage you to see their place. It is indeed inspiring!
Remember, your passion is what started your shop, never lose sight or hold of it! It’s the driving force that will ensure your success!