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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August 22nd, 2013

Mancini’s at the Minnesota State Fair

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We are extremely excited to working with the Mancini family as they open the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair!

Here are some pictures of the ribbon cutting ceremony:

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Please make sure to stop by and visit our friends from Mancini’s when you make it out to the MN State Fair!

Great food, beer, coffee, and gelato to be had by all!

May 22nd, 2013

Closed Memorial Day and New Phones

Just a heads up that we are closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. We will back open on regular local delivery schedule the following Tuesday. Please feel free to leave a message on voice mail on our new phone system with any orders you may have.

Speaking of our new phone system, we are still figuring it out and doing the necessary upgrades to our internet line here to offer the best call quality available. We apologize to any customers that we’ve had a hard time hearing/understanding and those we been disconnected from and had to call back. We assure you that these problems are short-term and will be fixed soon.

Thanks again for the business and have a great holiday weekend with your friends and family!

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

Torani Syrups

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

March 28th, 2013

Brewsletter – Volume 49 – Spring 2013

Here comes warmer temperatures and hopefully a lot of snow melting!

We are really proud of our new training cafe, UP, along with many other improvements we have made to Upper Midwest Gourmet and Flamenco Organic Coffee Company in the past few months!

Please check out our newest Brewsletter – Volume 49 – Spring 2013

Brewsletter - Volume 49 - Spring 2013

Also, please go to the Brewsletters Page on our website to download and read previous Brewsletters. They contain lots of useful information!

Enjoy and thanks again from all of us at UMG!

February 5th, 2013

Now is the time for training and learning more for you and your staff.

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It is very, very, very important to have a well-trained staff running your cafe. The staff of your cafe are the people that your customers interact with most and are also responsible for the production of everything you offer. The quality and consistency of your drinks and food rely on having a group of individuals that know exactly what they are doing and more importantly why and how they are doing it. Another huge factor is that they are all making your products the same way to ensure that every customer has the same great experience every time they come back.

We feel that employee training is a necessary for any cafe or business for that matter. For example, we take part in the Specialty Coffee Association America classes all the time to learn about new industry standards in the area’s of Barista education, coffee brewing, coffee roasting, and a whole lot more.

There is always something that can be learned and implemented to improve your business and we want to help you gain that knowledge!

Our training cafe, UP Cafe, is now open and ready to schedule training sessions with your staff. If you use our Flamenco Organic Coffee we are more than happy to offer free training and recipe support. We can train in areas of espresso extracting, milk frothing, pour-over coffee brewing, Gold Cup drip coffee brewing, blender drink creation, gelato and sorbetto production, baking and pastry, and a whole lot more. The goal is to improve your business and have you producing the best available drinks in your area. We want to help you reach that goal!

Please Contact Us about setting up a time for training and would love to have you visit!

 

May 31st, 2012

Chicago Coffee Fest is a little over a week away!

Only a week or so to go until Coffee Fest!

That is why we are reminding everyone that we are in booths 100/102/104/106 at Chicago Coffee Fest next weekend. We will be making gelato on a Carpigiani Coldelite batch freezer and displaying in one of the new Ciam Pozzetti display cases. We will definitely 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 8th-10th 2012

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

Registration Information

$30 per person.

Onsite Registration Hours: Trade Show and educational Classes
Friday & Saturday: 7:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 3:30pm

Show Hours:
Exhibition Hours:
Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday: 12pm 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 2nd, 2012

Synesso Espresso Machines

We are very pleased to announce that we now offer the awesome Synesso Espresso Machines! That’s right, the The Cyncra™, The Hydra™ and The Hybrid™ are all available from Upper Midwest Gourmet.

We met a bunch of the great people from the Synesso company at SCAA, Portland and are really excited to be working with them. This opportunity to have what we consider to be the “best of the best” available to us is very cool and we even plan on showcasing one of these sweet machines in the new cafe, UP.

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

April 4th, 2012

COMING SOON! UP Coffee Gelato Panini!

As many of you know, things always seem to take a little longer than expected to get up and running when opening a cafe.

UP will be an open to the public cafe serving Flamenco Organic coffee and espresso roasted on site, Italian gelato made fresh on site, and tasty baked goods and panini’s all made from local ingredients.

The best part for all of you is that this cafe will be our brand new fully operational training cafe and state-of-the-art showroom. We will be able to have you come in with your staff to get full company trainings. In areas like espresso, coffee, and gelato preparation, this can be very beneficial to everyone!

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

March 21st, 2012

Chicago Coffee Fest 2012

It’s never too early to start thinking about the next trade show.

That is why we are already telling everyone now that we are in booths 100/102/104 at Chicago Coffee Fest in June 2012.  We will be making gelato on a Carpigiani Coldelite batch freezer and displaying in one of the new Ciam Pozzetti display cases.  We will definitely be serving our award-winning Flamenco Organic Coffee along with a ton of other great products for you to check out and sample.

Here are the basics:

When – June 8th-10th 2012

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

Registration Information

Early Bird is $20 per person if registered by Sunday, 5/20/2012. $30 per person after that.

Onsite Registration Hours: Trade Show and educational Classes
Friday & Saturday: 7:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 3:30pm

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

March 20th, 2012

More progress being made on “Up!” Cafe!

This process, although taking longer than expected, is really getting us excited for this new cafe and training space that we plan to have completed in the next few months.

Our newest additions include new full length windows (will add a ton more natural light into the cafe), leveled floors, finished floors in the new kitchen, new electrical, and we are almost ready to start on the ceilings and finish the floors.

Here are some pictures to help you the idea:

New kitchen floor:

We hope you enjoy our updates and can’t wait for you to visit once we are “Up!” and running!

March 19th, 2012

Thanks for visiting at the WI Restaurant Expo 2012

Just wanted to say “Thank You” to everyone that came out and chatted with us at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo last week.

It was a pleasure sampling our great products to all of you and we really appreciate your business!

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

March 6th, 2012
February 21st, 2012

Save your Credit Card and COD fees and pay us online now with Intuit Payment Network. It’s FREE!

Upper Midwest Gourmet is pleased to offer a new service from Intuit, the makers of our accounting software: Intuit Payment Network or IPN.

IPN works similar to services like PayPal. First you set up an IPN account with your own passwords.  Next, when you place an order with us, we’ll email a copy of your invoice to you with a link to IPN to pay your invoice. Click the link and sign in with your password and confirm the amount and click pay. That’s it you’re done.

Once you’ve paid we’ll instantly get a notice from IPN that you’ve made a payment.  Our accounting system will automatically sync with IPN daily and record your transaction. This automation insures your invoices gets recorded as paid and eliminates any human error.

-No more having to leave the counter and write a check when the delivery man shows up

-No more $8.50 COD fees

-No more credit card fees

-No more lost or stolen checks in the mail

-It’s completely free

-Your checking account is safe! Account information is all securely stored with IPN, even we’ll never see it

If you’d like to give IPN a try please let us know when you place your order. It’s simple and we’re sure you’ll love it.

(For additional information or to sign up for this, please Contact Us. Thank you.)

February 14th, 2012

Transformation of our showroom to our cafe

Yes, the rumors are true. We are doing away with our showroom and opening a cafe in it’s place!

This cafe will be open to the public and will hopefully be completed in the next few months. These should help you get the picture:

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AFTER – Coming Soon…