it’s the first monday of the month, which means it’s giveaway time!

i’m from minnesota and am very proud of this fact. i’m always excited when minnesota people/companies are doing excellent, thoughtful, creative, and/or well-crafted things. my mom introduced me to dogwood coffee co (she’s always on top of the new happenings around the mini apple). she sent jp and i an article about their then-new coffee bar in uptown. we visited. fell in love. brought it back to crema. crema contacted dogwood. dogwood started sending them orders of beans. and crema started slinging their beans. oh man. now i didn’t have to wait every other month (the frequency with which i am blessed to be able to go visit my family) to sip on that amazing coffee. i could have it every day at crema. good choice, jp and noah. good choice.

their coffee bar in uptown is sexy. and, as much as i love crema, there’s nothing like sipping a dogwood at dogwood. i haven’t missed a visit there when i’m in MN since the first time my mother took us.

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in honor of my upcoming visit to minneapolis (ramona and i are probably on the plane right now as you read this), i’m giving away a 12 oz bag of dogwood coffee. just leave a comment below answering one of the two questions: what do you put in your coffee? or how do you prepare your morning joe? i’ll pick a winner thursday evening at 8:00 central time and post it here friday morning. good luck!

also, in case you’re not convinced, here are 50 reasons why minnesota is the best state in america