Coffee Review: Dogwood Coffee

The package of Dogwood Coffee with a cartoon dog on the package, standing by a mason jar of coffee beans and a mug.

Explore our thoughts on Dogwood Coffee from Grand Forks, ND, and uncover the bold complexities of its Bear Hug roast.

We take our coffee seriously at Tempest. After kicking off our coffee review series with Seventh Square Coffee, we feel confident in brewing up another story for you. Pleasant aromas of finely grounded coffee beans tend to fill the air around 9:00 a.m. in our offices, while our much-loved Chemex filters the morning fuel. We’re connoisseurs of all coffee-related masterpieces, and we’re excited to share our review on this special brew.

Dogwood Coffee

Operating since 2010, Dogwood Coffee has made Minnesota their home base with locations in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Canine friends are the preferred companions of this coffee team. While the roastery works with coffee growers around the world, our team found a bag of its Bear Hug roast during a recent creative brief to Visit Greater Grand Forks.

Dogwood Coffee Review

  • Brew/Blend Name: Bear Hug
  • Origin & Bean Type: Peru Washed & Brazil Natural
  • Roast Level: Dark
  • Brew Method: Chemex
  • Flavor Profile: Chocolatey and nutty flavors.
  • Acidity & Body: Tangy and syrupy, with a light body.
  • Aftertaste: Smooth and slightly bitter, providing sweet caramel notes.
  • Packaging & Branding: The artwork has nice color balance with a pop of character illustration on the side. We're big fans of the dog with cool shades, who is located on the front of the package.
  • Unique Features: Dogwood Coffee is a community brand with special merchandise that’s dedicated to their passion about Minnesota.
  • Recommendations: While reviewing this roast, Art Director Les Johnson commented, “This is a nice pastry coffee, would pair well with a lightly sweetened and buttery pastry like a croissant or even a nice piece of lightly toasted challah with a good Irish butter.”

    Michael Vizzoni, Director of Client Support for iDSS, remarked, “If you are an espresso drinker, then you would like this coffee. if you prefer a lighter roast, this one is not for you. This coffee would be great after a large meal. Maybe a post Thanksgiving dinner coffee to pair with your dessert.”

    Chris Mateer, Client Success and Training Manager for iDSS, said, “Great dark roast. Enjoy it on a cold day with some pancakes.”

We’re convinced that there’s something about Dogwood Coffee’s Bear Hug roast that keeps us coming back for more–and it’s not just the quirky drawings on the package.

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