Reviews

Read the August 30, 2017 review in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:
5 places for parents to get a relaxing cup of coffee after kids get on the bus

The eclectic Mediterranean decor at Cahoots, just off the booming Selby and Snelling intersection, totally fits the drink menu, which includes a whole spate of flavored teas, many available iced, and a global coffee menu. Drink a Thai, Turkish or Moroccan coffee, or their signature drink, the spiced, aromatic Moroccan Mocha.

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Read our review in ‘The Oracle’, the student news site of Hamline University: Cocoa beans, coffee dreams, Cahoots it seems – Cahoots Coffee Bar is friendly to all, December 14, 2016

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City Pages10 hidden-gem coffee shops you need to know about, March 30, 2016: “Cahoots Coffee Bar is a sprawling Middle Eastern-style coffee house that feels like a cozy bazaar, with rugs hanging from the walls and a jumble of silk scarves, soaps, and pottery for sale. The mismatched chairs give the shop a comfortable, lived-in feel, and owner Saed and his friendly staff make you feel like you’re at home — only with better coffee. There’s never any rush to move along, thanks to a tucked-away patio and an expansive back room that provide plenty of space to settle in.  One of the shop’s many specialties is Turkish coffee, seasoned with a house blend of spices. It’s strong but smooth, meant to be savored rather than gulped. There’s also a lovely mocha made with lavender-infused white chocolate, lavender lemonade during the warmer months, and an extensive selection of loose-leaf teas. But the signature beverage is the award-winning Moroccan mocha, flavored with a heavy dose of cardamom and cinnamon and a subtle hint of chocolate. Pair it with a plate of baba ganoush or hummus, and your coffee break will seem thousands of miles away from a storefront on Selby.”

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City PagesTop 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul, Oct. 3, 2013:  “Little ol’ Cahoots faces a lot of competition in the Selby-Snelling area – from the local Neighborhood Cafe to the coffee giant Starbucks just across the street.  Nevertheless, this is one of the best spots in the city to settle in and tap away on that laptop.  There’s plenty of seating indoors, but if you need a breath of fresh air, you can watch the sun set and the stars come out in the courtyard, a quiet, brick-and-ivy-covered area with tables galore. Filled with locals, students, professors, and everyone in between, Cahoots is the place you go when you want to knock out your to-do list over a cuppa java without all the nonsense of ultra-trendy coffeehouses.”

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Alice A., via Yelp:  “I live very very close to this cute little café and I am so happy to be able to go whenever I please. It is the most casual, slightly hidden, quaint spot I have ever come across in this part of St. Paul. The owner is awesome, the staff is great and has worked consistently is this location for some time, the wifi is pretty fast, and the drinks/food is amazing. The lavender mocha is my go-to usually. It’s so rich and well done, and has just the right amount of lavender added to the coffee. Doesn’t make you all caffeine-jittery either. The hours are also very good, open until 10:30pm makes it open an hour and a half more than almost anywhere else in the area…SO NICE if you’re working on a deadline for school, work, etc. Awesome shared PATIO in back of café as well, with cute little lights and they allow smoking.  Street parking, timed as well between 7am-8pm (two hour parking), I’d watch your car if you tend to push the clock on the two hours because they do enforce parking pretty strictly in St. Paul.  Great café, definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking into a long day of studying or casual meet-up with friend(s).”

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Eric Faust, via The Heavy Table:  “Four doors east of O’Garas in St. Paul you can get a taste of the Middle East at Cahoots Coffee Bar, where vines fill the windows and intricately woven rugs adorn the walls. Using coffee from B&W Specialty Coffee Co., Cahoots offers a specialty menu of unique Middle Eastern coffee drinks. The menu includes Thai coffee, Turkish coffee and Moroccan coffee made with a custom blend of spices that the owner, native Jordanian Saed Kakish, roasts. The Turkish coffee is made to order in a small pot called an ibrik; it’s a blend of finely ground coffee, fresh roasted cardamom and sugar. The pot is brought to a boil and gently stirred, to blend each of the ingredients. The Moroccan coffee is one of Saed’s secrets, featuring over twenty different spices including rose petals. The bakery case falls in line with the theme, offering unusual bakery items like cardamom cookies. The unique smells and spices make this one of the few authentic Middle Eastern cafes in St. Paul. Less than a mile away on Grand Avenue Shish Café raises the bar for Cahoots, also offering Turkish coffee. The coffee at Shish is roasted lighter, but is still made with sugar and roasted cardamom. The amount of coffee, cardamom and sugar used reflect a taste that each owner has developed over time. For the owners it is a battle for the best, but for those looking for the finest Turkish coffee in town, it is only getting better.”

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Angie Newgren, via Minnesota Connected:  “‘Cahoots Coffee Bar’ in Merriam Park Should Be Your Next Stop For Coffee – I had moved to the Merriam Park neighborhood for a year to live near the University of St. Thomas campus. My roommate and I frequently attended the Starbucks on the corner of Selby and Snelling, but little did I know that just across the street and a few doors down was one Saint Paul’s local gem coffee shops: Cahoots Coffee Bar. Cahoots has a Middle Eastern vibe to its decor. Large textiles drape the walls, various pictures knickknacks and mosaics about the room, plants, spices, and architectural designs all help give its Moroccan feel. I’ve never had to worry about finding or waiting for a table at Cahoots. The spacious proximity offers bar spots, large tables, and most importantly a back patio that offers you sunshine, greenery, and the chirps nature provides to complete this serene escape while you sip on your coffee or tea. So the atmosphere is one thing, but what about the coffee, tea, and food? An array of brews that come from all over the map are available at Cahoots. Moroccan, Mexican, American, multiple choices, many flavors. Available to eat is hummus, soups, salads, and homemade desserts. And not only do they taste delicious, but they look delicious. Another reason I’d recommend Cahoots is the staff. Friendly service is always found at Cahoots. Although they might not write your name on your cup like some chain coffee shops, there is a welcomeness by their presence that isn’t forced or given by corporate regulations. Cahoots Coffee Bar is the kind of place you want to sit down and enjoy your hand-crafted drink. So find a friend to relax and chat with over a cup, or pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.”