Independent, Indigenous-owned cafe opens in Roseville

A new independent, indigenous-owned cafe has opened in the Twin Cities.

Makwa Coffee in Roseville officially opens Tuesday, July 26, but the new coffeeshop started serving customers this week ahead of the official opening.

Owner Jamie Becker-Finn, who also serves in the Minnesota Legislature, is showcasing both her Ojibwe culture and the local Roseville community through the new venture.

Ziigwan, which means spring in Ojibwe, is the most popular specialty drink on the menu so far – the cold brew concoction mixes milk, caramel and maple syrup.

5051, a mix of cold brew and espresso, is named after the local firefighters union.

Makwa itself means “black bear” in Ojibwe, and the store also sells wild rice that was harvested by hand from the Leech Lake reservation, where Becker-Finn grew up.

She said selling wild rice continues her family’s tradition in a modern way and shares authentic wild rice with more Minnesotans.

The space at 2805 Hamline Ave. N. offers plenty of outdoor seating and a “Hogwarts common room-style” fireplace area, Becker-Finn said.

The tables and chairs may also look familiar to some St. Paul coffee lovers, as they were repurposed by the beloved, and now closed, Black Dog Cafe.

The coffee comes from St. Paul-based True Stone Coffee Roasters, and the tea from TeaSource.

Makwa Coffee is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.