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Mon — Fri 6am — 8pm
Sat 7am — 8pm
Sun 8am — 5pm
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Great Coffee, Food & More

Located just off Highway 12 in Maple Plain you’ll find fresh-brewed coffee, espresso, breakfast, lunch, dinner and more at Blackwater Coffee & Cafe.

Blackwater is a spacious but cozy environment with free WiFi and meeting space. If you're short on time, we also have a drive-thru. 

Blackwater serves a fine selection of beer and wine.


Meet the Owner

Kim Quinlivan

Kim's bachelors degree in Fine Arts and her insane love of coffee prepared Kim for her 11 year adventure here at Blackwater.   Her passion for coffee started in the early 80's with her annual visits to Seattle to visit with family.  The coffee craze had already begun...

Blackwater opened its doors in July 2005 after deciding Maple Plain needed a place to gather with friends over a delicious cup of coffee.  Kim's husband of 23 years, John, rebuilt an empty, existing Maple Plain building on Highway 12 and Blackwater was born!  Kim is often asked how they came up with the name Blackwater.  The name comes from the color of rich, dark, really good coffee - it's that simple. Shortly after opening, Blackwater quickly became more than just a coffee house; the food that is served is made fresh and it soon became a lunchtime destination.

In 2013 Kim opened a second location, Big Byte by Blackwater.  It is a private coffee shop, located at the corporate headquarters of Proto Labs,  here in Maple Plain.

When not working, Kim enjoys time at the cabin with her family, walking with friends, biking the local trails, and ALL mediums of art.


New management at Blackwater!

Join us as we welcome Rob Nelson, our new Senior Manager.

A seasoned veteran in the food and beverage industry, Rob has 20 years of experience in various contexts of operating a restaurant - serving, cooking, and managing. Rob has a desire to serve people. "We're not in the food and beverage business, we're in the PEOPLE business". He is excited to get to know and work with the Blackwater staff, and create new relationships with current and future customers.

In this newly created Senior Manager position, Rob will have overall operating responsibility at Blackwater.

Rob has been married to his lovely wife, Elizabeth, for 10 years. They reside in Delano and have 4 children, Wyatt, Charlotte, Delaney, and Cecelia. If Rob's not playing with his kids, you can find him on the golf course or in the woods with his dad. The Nelsons enjoy being outdoors, whether it be playing in the yard or camping up north.

Be sure to say hello to Rob next time you stop in!


Love music?

Live Music at Blackwater

Check the schedule below for a listing of the talented entertainers you can enjoy here at Blackwater!   Relax & enjoy a beer or a glass of wine as you listen to great live music!

Interested in booking a Friday Night Gig with us? Come by and show off your talent- we are always looking for new faces!

For any questions about, or interest in, our music nights, please email us at




2nd Thursday of Every Month

Open Mic- Hosted By Dave Nyman

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Come on out and share your stuff! Join our friendly environment with many local artists. We would love to hear your sound!

Upcoming Music Events

Friday, July 29th

7:00pm Bill Greenwood

Local favorite Bill Greenwood graces us with his talent once again! Enjoy Bill’s quick wit and musical talent. Bill plays a wide variety of music from love ballads to rock n roll! You will not be disappointed when Bill takes the stage at Blackwater!

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