Showcase Caribbean culture in an approachable way through a curated menu that fosters cultural appreciation.
Based in the Twin Cities serving a flavorful variety of authentic Caribbean coffee, tea, and more...offering flavors you won't find elsewhere in and around the Twin Cities.
Blue Tin Cup Kafé is a fully mobile coffee business which means you'll find us at festivals, fairs, markets, pop ups, corporate events, and more.
There's no shortage of options for a cup of coffee in the Twin Cities from chain coffee shops, independent cafes, food/coffee trucks, gas stations, etc.
None of these current options solely feature Caribbean brands. Until now.
Born out of a love for family, coffee, culture, and history, we take pride in sourcing our coffee and other products directly from Caribbean producers. Coffee grown and cultivated in the region are known for their rich flavor, decadent aroma, and smooth finish which can be attributed in part to the region’s high altitudes and favorable climate.
Coffee is the foundation on which we build our rotating menu offerings which means there's always something “new” to try
Spring/Summer 2023 Menu Highlights:
Freshly Ground and Brewed Coffee
Hot, Iced, or Blended
Haiti - Medium Roast
Jamaica - Blue Mountain Medium Roast
Puerto Rico - Medium-Dark Roast (decaf)
Sweetened & Unsweetened Flavored Iced Tea
Variety of Flavored Hot Tea
Coffee + Ice Cream Floats
Nicollet Mall Farmers Market
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Caribbean coffee culture is at the heart of the Blue Tin Cup Kafé story. As a first-generation Haitian-American born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I have a life-long tie to Haitian coffee culture and, by extension, Caribbean coffee culture. One of my fondest memories comes from my first trip to Haiti as a ten-year-old and sharing a cup of coffee with my maternal grandmother...coffee served in a tin cup . During the same trip, I also shared similar connective experiences with my paternal grandmother and other family members. The bold flavors, rich tastes and sweet aromas of those first encounters has remained with me and Haitian coffee is still the ONLY coffee I can drink with either very little or no sugar at all. The spelling of “Kafé” is a nod to the Haitian Creole spelling of coffee. And in a surprising revelation while I was in the process of forming this business, I learned that my maternal grandmother was a coffee vendor. I guess you could say coffee is in my blood even before I knew it.
Blue Tin Cup Kafé was born out of a love for family, coffee, culture, and history.
- Junia Joseph-Benham
Owner, Blue Tin Cup Kafé