Eric Faust

Eric Faust  – 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. The Heavy Table