It’s something that doesn’t seem like it can be quantified, but through rigorous research and controlled study BuzzFeed has found a way. In a recent piece, the website named Minnesota the Most Hipster State in the U.S., shockingly beating out New York (Williamsburg!) and Oregon (Portland!).
Somewhere in a northeast Minneapolis dive bar, a guy in flannel drinking a PBR Tallboy is crying tears of joy, and he’s not sure why.
So how did we capture the number one spot? Apparently Minnesota “leads the nation in searches for the term ‘hipster.'” BuzzFeed further asserts that while Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood is teeming with hipsters, it is the Minnesota hipster aesthetic that they are trying to imitate. Fascinating!
The article goes on to explain that Minnesota’s obsessive bike culture, thriving music scene/legacy, and our love of lumberjack chic are top reasons why we’re the biggest hipster state. However, it’s a little dubious to call out our abundant farmers’ markets (produce is a hipster thing?) and our thriving theater scene (wealthy people at the Guthrie are hipsters?) as examples of our hipster-ness.
Click here to read the complete list of hipster states.
Ritual is an interesting cafe. Set along the Valencia Street corridor its bright red flag marks the entrance, which often has line out to the sidewalk. Their logo is interesting to say the least. At first glance the design reminds you slightly of a socialist sickle and hammer, the symbol of the communist party in the old U.S.S.R. It seems they took inspiration from this design and morphed it into an open coffee cup sitting at the same 45 degree angle. They then added a small handle, dropped the hammer, and kept the star. What statement they are trying to make by co-oping this image is a mystery to me. The ritual image is on the left.
The espresso is excellent – one of my favorites. With its smooth and nutty flavor, it is reminiscent of French or Italian espresso. They also seem to be quite fond of heart shaped foam at this cafe. I got a cappuccino and an almond croissant.
They also sell cups of drip paper filtered coffee for $3.50 – $5.25, which I think is outrageously overpriced. They make a big point of explaining to you that their coffee comes from specially chosen plots in places like Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica. They roast up their own beans in these seasonally changing brews (saying that coffee changes seasonally – like purchasing fresh produce) and use words like strawberry, banana leaf, starfruit, raisin, walnut and floral aromatics. In their own words: “We walk with these producers through their small farms. We sleep on the farm, we breathe the farm, trying as hard as we can to understand how our producers make magic happen in our cups.” It seems that by discussing the varietal, elevation, climate, and somewhat imagined flavors (melon – really?) they are aiming to make the gourmet coffee experience into something akin to wine tasting.
Like many coffee shops in the mission, it’s patrons can be found typing away furiously at their Macbook Airs or reviewing each others poetry while wearing indigenous print sweaters.
The Summit takes the idea of a modern coffee shop to a new level. Large windows soar up from the ground to the ceiling, flooding day light onto dozen’s of coffee shop patrons crouched over their laptops. The exposed wood frame ceilings, skylights, concrete floors, sunken grey couches and slate tables add to the clean and modern design.
Moving toward the back of the cafe are three large communal wooden tables which cafe patrons sit at in groups of two or three and treat like temporary offices.
At the coffee bar they served up Blue Bottle coffee and a few pastries. When I went they had several donuts with fillings like custard, chocolate, and quince. Besides donuts, they had bagels and few not so appetizing looking pastries like bacon & cheese scones and sausage rolls. I got a donut and a cappuccino, as seen below. The cappuccino rich, smooth, nutty, and had a velvety texture. The only espresso I think I like more is from Ritual. The cappuccino came with the same signature foam heart on top – which has got me thinking that either every barista is trying to make a pass at me or perhaps this is some sort of trend (probably the latter).
Hipsters just seem to be everywhere these days. Here are a few pics of some bohemian types in South America.
Not only is this cool kid walking around with his Tom’s shoes, his smartphone, and big glasses – but he also is carrying a yerba maté tote bag big enough for a thermos, maté gourd, bombilla, and of course a giant bag of the herb. Here he is seen exploring Colonia, Uruguay with his mother.
This kid below is in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here he is seen with his Porteno friends wearing ruffled white jeans, a leather jacket, scarf, and some grey chucks.
The next two guys are in Bellavista, the bohemian neighborhood of Sanitago, Chile. Popular in this neighborhood, people wear screaming loud blue, red, and purple jeans – most of which has this ruffled texture. The guy on the left has blue glasses that match the color of his jeans perfectly.