Upper Midwest Gourmet

Upper Midwest Gourmet

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Upper Midwest Gourmet is a one-stop, wholesale distributor of specialty food service ingredients, Flamenco fair trade organic coffee, Italian gelato ingredients and equipment, hundreds of other gourmet beverages and foods, café equipment and machines, and environmentally-conscious supplies like cups, napkins, and eco-sleeves.

Upper Midwest Gourmet

1901 Traffic St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

Office: (612)728-7208 / Fax: (612)728-7227 / E-mail: info@uppermidwestgourmet.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-5pm / Friday 9am-1pm / Saturday & Sunday Closed (Central Time)

See About Us for more. Our UMG Blog starts below. Thank you.

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April 17th, 2014

Upper Midwest Gourmet closed Friday, April 18

We’ll be closed on Friday, April 18th

Have a safe and lovely Easter weekend!!

Happy Easter Tag

From the staff at Upper Midwest Gourmet

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April 15th, 2014

Modern Oats Pancake Recipe


Check out mouth watering recipes at:


Modern Oat Pancakes

We are proud to sell the entire line of Modern Oats


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March 17th, 2014

The First Day of Spring is March 20th!

Spring is nearly here!


Try a Kidz Kream or Fruity Blended Creme from

Big Train

In a variety of flavors:

Strawberry Blended creme, Peaches ‘N Creme, Strawberry/Banana Creme, Watermelon Creme, Black Cherry, Cotton Candy, Orange Cream &  Bubble Gum


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March 13th, 2014

Upper Midwest Gourmet is a proud sponsor of the Selling Desserts Show


 Wednesday, March 19, 2014

McNamara Alumni Center – University of Minnesota

 10:00 AM–3:00 PM


Sales & Profit Growth are Key
to restaurant success
Give your dessert program a boost with creative new ingredients
Increase profitability by promoting post-entrée items
Taste the best in desserts, cheese, coffee and drinks
Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your sales of post-entrée items.

Join us for The Dessert Show!



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March 11th, 2014

Matcha Time!

It’s the perfect time of year to introduce

Matcha Green Tea


A Beautiful “Spring” Green

 A light taste that will flow right into Summer time.

Try as a hot or iced latte & as a refreshing blended frappe.


We offer Matcha from these brands:

mocafe Cappuccine - UMG

Big Train

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March 11th, 2014

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Coffeehouse

Congratulations goes out to customer,


Check out why Waconia & Minnesotans love this local stop! 

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February 25th, 2014

Even Though It’s 0 Degrees Outside…

Now is the perfect time to get ready for

Spring & Summer!


Looking to try a new brand of Smoothie?

We carry the perfect smoothie for every cafe!


Choose from these exciting brands:

Dr. Smoothie

Exotic Island

Fruit Tea Blast 




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February 20th, 2014

Monin’s Iced & Spice Irish Latte

Monin Gourmet Flavorings


Try Monin‘s Iced & Spiced Irish Latte


(16 Oz iced serving)

1 pump Irish Cream

1 pump Spiced Brown Sugar

1 Double shot espresso

12 Oz Milk

Top  with whipped cream & a sprinkle of brown sugar (optional) 

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February 19th, 2014

The Luck of the Irish


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

With a New Seasonal Drink Special!


Add a pump of Torani Creme De Menthe to your Classic Mocha




St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

 Pot O’ Gold Café Breve  

(For a 12oz serving)

½ pump Amoretti Crème Di Pistachio

½ pump Amoretti French Vanilla

1 double shot espresso

8 Oz. Half & Half

Top with whipped cream & a drizzle of caramel sauce


Nutty Irish Man Latte

(For a 12oz serving)

1 pump Amoretti Hazelnut

1 pump Amoretti Irish Cream

1 double shot espresso

8oz milk

Top with whipped cream & a light dusting of nutmeg (optional)


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February 17th, 2014

Flamenco Organic’s visit to the Cesmach Cooperative

Flamenco Organic’s visit to Cesmach Cooperative

Union El Truinfo at a dry mill

David and Patrick at Cesmach

On a recent origin trip to Mexico, David and Patrick visited the cooperative responsible for Flamenco’s Mexican El Truinfo Biosphere Reserve crop. The Cesmach Cooperative is one of three groups to be apart of the Union El Truinfo. Nestled in the modest city of Jaltenango, it lies north of the biosphere reserve along two hours of rocky trail.

Beginning in 1994, Cesmach strives to help local coffee producers switch from conventional to organic coffee production. Currently, Cesmach is responsible for 478 families in 31 different communities and brings about 2 million lbs of green coffee. Along with the other two groups apart of Union El Truinfo (Truinfo Verde and Comon Yaj Noptic), they offer producers a foundation to change over (financing, organic fertilizer, ect). From 2008 to 2013, they grew by 46% in production and of their total intake only 14% is transitional (in other words, non-organic, but taking the necessary steps towards organic certification).

On average, the USA gets 78% of the coop’s coffee crops annually – all of which is organic. In order to receive organic certification, producers have to practice organic farming for three years.This allows for the soil to be cleansed of conventional chemicals and treatments. During this time, Cesmach will still take in and sell transitional coffee, however only within Chiapas and Mexico, roasted and ground in their facility.

Transparency and Changing of the Guards

The financial transparency of Cesmach (along with their partners in Union El Truinfo and other farms we visited) was very much a sigh of relief. Flamenco Organic Coffee Co. prioritizes fair trade organic coffee, and in a presentation by Cesmach, they pinpointed to the cent where their profits spread out to. On the average bag of coffee taken in by Cesmach and resold, producers directly received 21% of the sales price and have the option to save. Before that number, Cesmach pays off any credit and basic costs.

Outside the complex of Cesmach in Jaltenango

Those in charge of Cesmach do not get paid, but rather are members of the coop and producers themselves. Every three years, an election takes place to name influential and avid members to positions within Cesmach, ranging from vigilance counselors, regional directors, and smaller committees to handle individual production, certification, community development, commerical relations, and administration. It is possible to be placed in an elected position consecutively, not never the same.

February 12th, 2014
January 30th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is February 14th!

Valentine’s Day Recipes


this valentines day



Red Hot Latte

1 oz. Vanilla syrup

½ oz. Cinnamon syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso
Garnish with cinnamon red hot candies

Sweet Nothings Latte

1 oz. Sugar Free Vanilla syrup
½ oz. Sugar Free Hazelnut syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso

In The Name Of Love Latte

1 oz. Vanilla syrup
¼ oz. Hazelnut syrup
¼ oz. Caramel syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso
Top with Conversation Hearts

Baby Kisses Latte

1 oz. English Toffee syrup
½ oz. Vanilla syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso
Garnish with chocolate chips


Chocolate Covered Cherry Mocha

1 oz. Chocolate sauce
¼ oz. Cherry syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso

Besa Me Mocha

1 oz. White Chocolate sauce
¼ oz.  Raspberry syrup
¼ oz.  Hazelnut syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso

Hot Stuff Mocha

½ oz. Chocolate sauce
½ oz. Cinnamon syrup
8 oz. milk
1-2 shots espresso



Be Mine Chai

¾ oz.Vanilla syrup
¼ oz.  Caramel syrup
8 oz. chai concentrate (prepared according to directions)

Sweetie-Pie Chai

¾ oz. English Toffee syrup
8 oz. chai concentrate (prepared according to directions)

Hot Cha-Chai

¾ oz.  Cinnamon syrup
8 oz. chai concentrate (prepared according to directions)

Hot Chocolates

Hotty Chocolatty

½ oz. Chocolate  sauce
½ oz. Vanilla syrup
¼ oz. Cinnamon syrup
8 oz. milk
Garnish with cinnamon flavored whipped cream

King of Hearts Hot Chocolate

½ oz.  Chocolate sauce
½ oz.  Almond syrup
¼ oz. Raspberry syrup
8 oz. milk

Garnish Ideas

Flavored Whipped Cream

1-2 oz. flavor syrup
1 pint heavy whipping cream
Try Caramel, Raspberry, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Almond, Peppermint or choose your own favorite

January 28th, 2014

Ordering Tips

Perfect your order!

Amoretti French Vanillashipping-boxesCappuccine Red Velvet Frappe


Here are few pointers & tricks to make the ordering & the shipping process that much easier.

When calling your order in, remember the best way to lead the call is;

Hello, this __________ from ___________ Café in__________, City.

-If you are from a café with multiple locations, don’t be shy let us know who you are right away.


Please allow yourself enough time when ordering.

-We want to make sure we understand, hear you clearly & deliver the correct product.

-This goes for while on the phone & making sure you have enough products to last until you receive your order.

-Keep things organized. If you order multiple brands, try ordering things in sequence.

From Ghirardelli, I would like 1 30lb box of Sweet Ground Chocolate & 1 case of White Chocolate Sauce.

-Make a list of what you need.


To ensure you are getting the items you want, order the products buy; Brand Name, quantity, flavor & be specific.

From Monin, I would like 5 bottles of French Vanilla & 2 bottles of raspberry.

I would like 2 cases of Big Train Spiced Chai & 3 bags of Vanilla Chai.

That’s 4 jugs of Torani Caramel Sauce & 1 jug of White Chocolate Sauce               

-If you are ordering syrup & or sauce please say so. We carry syrups & sauces in multiple brands & flavors.

-Make sure you know if it’s a case vs. box (they are 2 different quantities)


Some tips on saving money when ordering!

Ordering full cases (single flavor) of Big Train, Cappuccine, Ghirardelli, etc…Save you $5.00.

-Plan ahead & order that full case, it will save you money!


Did you know if you place an order for $600 or more (in our SpeeDee Zones) it will ship for free? That’s right FREE!

There are many products you already get that, ship for free if you order certain quantities:

-Two or more Big Train or Cappuccine cases

-Three or more Innovative/Mocafe cases

-Four or more cases of Umpqua Oats

-25lbs or more of Flamenco Organic Coffee



Please don’t be afraid to ask. Want to try an brand of chai? Or smoothie mix? We have a lot to offer. Ask for  samples.

-Did you know we have over 8 brands of chai?

-Want to try another method of brewing? We have multiple pour-over products!

-Curious about the difference on Fruit Tea Blast, Dr. Smoothie & Exotic Island? Now is the right time to find that perfect smoothie before Spring & Summer!


We are here to answer all your questions. (Or at least try are best too!)

Our Customer Service Receptionist, Carinna is here to answer questions on product, pricing, shipping & samples. And can direct you to your sales rep or the roasting department. 

-You can always use our on line ordering form: http://uppermidwestgourmet.com/order-form/

-Don’t forget, Spee Dee is amazingly fast but they don’t guarantee next day service.  Please try and order 48 hours in advance so that you never run out of products.  We roast your coffee to order.   Please try and order your coffee 48 hours prior to delivery so we have time to roast, bag and label your beans.


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January 16th, 2014

Let the Show Begin

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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January 15th, 2014

Ghirardelli Creamy Caramel Promotion


We have an incredible offer we’re extending to our Upper Midwest Gourmet family! 

For every FULL case of Ghirardelli you Purchase

(Full cases include; 30 lb Sweet Ground Chocolate, 25 lb White Chocolate, any full case of sauce, Hot Chocolate or Frappe Mix)

You will receive Two Free 17 Oz. Ghirardelli Caramel Squeeze Bottles 

(While supplies last) 


That’s a $10 Value for FREE! 

Use Squeeze bottles creatively. Jazz up that Caramel Latte with a Caramel Drizzle! 

Use Caramel as an ingredient or topping for drinks, deserts & baking!


Don’t wait to order that full case of Ghirardelli & get your Business 2 Free Caramel Squeeze Bottles! 

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