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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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October 1st, 2013

Now Available…


Umpqua Carrot Cake Oatmeal

The perfect sweet treat to start your morning with:

Cream cheese frosting bits, walnuts, raisins & carrots.


Now available from Upper Midwest Gourmet

(For pricing or additional product information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)


July 26th, 2013

Fabbri Gelato Pops!

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We are extremely pumped about Fabbri’s newest product, the super easy to make, gelato pops!

We carry the silicone molds, the stick kits, and the gelato display case insert tray that holds 12 pops!

First you will need the Fabbri Gelato Pop base that can be left unflavored as Fior di Latte (sweet cream) or can be flavored with any delipaste flavor.

Then you will need the hardening coating for the outside that comes in flavors of Amarena Cherry, Chocolate, Blue Cotton Candy, Pistachio, and White Chocolate.

We made our first batch of sweet cream with pistchio coating and Amarena cherry coating gelato pops yesterday and they were awesome!

Here are some pics of the fun:

1 - spade on edges of mold 2 - pull gelato pop from silicon mold 3 - dip pop in coating 3.1 - dip 4 - dip 5 - pull up 5.1 - twist 6 - sprinkle toppings 7 - place on silicon tray 8 - keep dipping 9 - and dipping 10 - and sprinkling 11 - and dipping 12 - tray of pistachio pops 13 - repeat with other flavors 13.1 - alec getting in on it 14 - amarena cherry was a bit thicker 15 - looks great though 16 - add to the tray 17 - fill the tray and blast freeze 18 - add gelato case 18 - stand them up in your gelato case using rack 19 - gelato 20 - full case with pops

These gelato pops are a terrific way of offering a new Summertime treat that is sure to excite and impress your customers!

Contact Us today to get started making your own gelato pops!

June 18th, 2013

Summer is here this week!

Hey guys, hope you’re ready for summer! We have a bunch of new lemonade options this year!

We now carry:


DaVinci Fruit Innovations Lemonade


Big Train Shaken Lemonade


Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Lemonade


Jet Tea  Arctic Lemonade


Exotic Island Smoothie Lemon/Limone

(For pricing or additional product information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)

June 6th, 2013

Coffee Fest Chicago 2013

Welcome to Coffee Fest Chicago 2013, where passionate coffee and tea professionals will learn skills, receive education and experience new products, alongside great networking.

Click here to register: http://www.coffeefest.com/Event/Attendee/Default.aspx

We are in booths 202 and 204 at Chicago Coffee Fest this year. We will be serving our award-winning Flamenco Organic Coffee along with a ton of other great products for you to check out and sample. Also, be sure to stop by and check out our Synesso espresso machine pulling our very own Matador espresso shots!

Here are the basics:

When – June 7th-9th 2013

Where – Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Onsite Registration Hours:
Friday & Saturday: 7:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 3:30pm

Exhibition Hours:
Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Educational Training
Friday & Saturday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am to 4:00pm

If you have any questions about the trade show, please Contact Us.

May 9th, 2013
May 9th, 2013

Mountain Cider in the Spring and Summer?

Whether you are trying to think up summer drink ideas, or you are just wondering what to do with your extra Mountain Spiced Cider concentrate, fear not, we’ve got a list for that:

Summer Cider Drinks

Sparkling Cider
1 oz. Cider concentrate
7 oz. Sparkling water

Cider Float
1 oz. Cider concentrate
7 oz. Ginger ale
Scoop of vanilla ice cream

Apple Raspberry Cooler
1 oz. Cider concentrate
1 oz. Raspberry syrup
6 oz. Sparkling water

Apple Pie A la Mode Milkshake
1 oz. Cider concentrate
1 oz. Caramel syrup
4 oz. milk
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
1 piece of graham cracker
Blend until smooth

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April 11th, 2013

UP Cafe Grand Opening Party and Flamenco Organic Coffee Release – Presented by Upper Midwest Gourmet

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UP Cafe Grand Opening Party and Flamenco Organic Coffee Release

Presented by Upper Midwest Gourmet

We will have live music (Zorongo Flamenco Music & Dance and our very own Eric and Pat’s band, Woodshop), free food, drinks, and gelato (café drinks from UP Café and hopefully, HammerHeart beer, if they have it brewed in time), and a bunch of our vendors (Crazy Boy Farm, Autumnwood Farm, Fabbri, Cherrico Pottery, Extraction Coffee Co., Umpqua Oats, and more) with booths selling and giving stuff away to celebrate the Grand Opening of UP Café. The event will also be a release party for one of Flamenco Organic Coffee Company’s newest offerings.

When – Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Time – 10am-4pm

Where – UP Cafe – 1901 Traffic St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Open to the public, we hope you can make it!

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or by emailing Party@UPcafe.us.

April 9th, 2013

A bunch of great, new products we now carry!

We are an ever-evolving company and are always willing to bring in new products at the request of our customers.

Here are four new product lines that we are very happy to now stock and offer:

Monin Smoothies

Monin Fruit Smoothies

Jet Tea

Jet Fruit Smoothies

Davinci bottles

DaVinci Gourmet Syrups


Torani Syrups

(For pricing or additional product information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)

March 8th, 2013

Showcasing at WI Restaurant Expo 2013

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:

Our Hario and Chemex brewing systems with our own Flamenco Organic Coffee.

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*Note we stock the brand new Hario Electric Buono Kettles and can ship immediately!

We will also be sampling Fabbri Cremagelato out of the Elmeco Quickreams, Cappuccine blended mixes, and David Rio Chai!

Please Contact Us for more information.

We hope to see you there!

March 7th, 2013

Blendtec Smoother 13 Blender – Demo Unit Sale!

We have a few Blendtec Smoother 13 demo unit blenders for sale at an amazing price!

Blendtec Q-Series

We are upgrading to this year’s models for our sales staff and have some great deals on our current demo units!

They have been slightly used, all under 1000 blends.

Please Contact Us for more information or to get the special pricing.

February 6th, 2013

Upper Midwest Does Italy 2013

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Ciao Ciao everyone!  2013 is off to a great start at Upper Midwest Gourmet.  Bethany and I traveled to Italy last month.  Our first stop was Riccione where we met up with everyone from Fabbri in order to attend the SIGEP show.  SIGEP is the largest gelato and pastry show in the world!  While it’s a bit chilly in this NE coastal region in the winter, it was really warm compared to what was going on in Minneapolis, so the timing couldn’t have been better.  We spent three days touring the show and eating (and drinking) our way around the town.  SIGEP is always a great time and we were impressed with all the presentations put on by some of the best pastry chefs in Italy.  Fabbri presented a number of new items that we’ll be able to start importing sometime this Spring that we’re really excited to show everyone.  The pistachio and amarena cherry gelato pops in particular are going to be a great addition to many cafes in the USA.  Fabbri hosted a large banquet with top notch entertainment and the Italians really know how to put on a party!  Fabbri took that opportunity to present awards to some of their staff and distributors from around the world.  To my surprise, Upper Midwest Gourmet was presented with the award for Best Distributor in North America in 2012!  It was a complete shock, but we were honored to receive the award.  No distributor has ever won the award more than once so now I have a new mission for the future.

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There are a bunch more pictures from the show at the end of the blog post.

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January 28th, 2013

Coffee Brewing Outdoors in Extremely Cold Weather

We, Flamenco Organic Coffee Company, had the pleasure of being the Designated Driver Sponsor for this year’s Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler!


We knew the conditions would be cold and not nearly ideal for mass-brewing of coffee, but we were determined to make it work. The last thing we wanted was for our coffee’s quality and/or reputation to suffer from not brewing fresh or keeping it hot. For that reason, brewing ahead of time or using large holding containers just wasn’t going to work for us.

The first obstacle was not having power, so we rented two gas-powered generators (Honda EU3000) to run the coffee brewers.

We decided to brew using our trusty Grindmaster B-SAP single airpot brewers running on 110 volt in pour-over mode. Each brewer needs roughly 15 amps of power, so the 25 amps that each generator was pumping out was perfect!

We did some brew tests in 20 degrees outdoors the day before the event and had an amazing regeneration time of seven minutes per brewer! This was much faster than we expected which pleased and surprised all of us.

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To help simplify matters we decided to only brew in two quart increments. This made measuring our water a cinch due to buying one gallon jugs and essentially pouring half into the brewer for each cycle. We also pre-ground and weighed our coffee dosing a few hours before the event to ensure quick and accurate coffee portion control on every airpot brewed. We generally don’t ever recommend pre-grinding coffee, but we used our awesome 5lb Coffeevac containers to store the coffee fresh and they worked really well. We could offer three different origins of coffee easily this way and didn’t have to worry about the power or mess of a bulk grinder.

Just put a filter with measured coffee into the brew basket, pour two quarts of water into brewer, and press brew button! It was that easy and efficient!

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During the actual event the temperatures were around 10-15 degrees and our generator/brewer combo set-up worked like a champ!

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We had way more visitors than expected and were able to keep up with the demand almost flawlessly!


We would be happy to help you get set-up to brew coffee for an outdoor event and have these awesome Grindmaster B-SAP brewers in stock currently.

(For pricing or additional product or event coffee brewing information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)

January 28th, 2013

New from Deep River – Sour Cream & Onion Krinkle Cut Chips COMING SOON!

We are excited to soon stock the newest flavor from Deep River Snacks!

Sour Cream & Onion Krinkle Cut Chips!

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(For pricing or additional product information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)

January 16th, 2013

New Specialty Equipment

We now have access to some pretty great new pieces of equipment like:

Sauce Funnels, Single Induction Plate Cookers, Food Mills, Crepe Machines (Tibos),  Mandolines, Strainers, 20 Quart Food Mixers, Hamburger Presses, and of course, Panini Grills!

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(For pricing or additional product information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)

December 26th, 2012

A few new products…

We now carry these new products:

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Slim Jim Garbage Cans, Garbage Bags, Wet Floor Signs, & Foam Soap and Towel Dispensers


Kernel Pops Perfect Yellow Popcorn & Coconut Oil Combo – 3 dozen 8 oz packets per case

(For pricing or additional product information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)