There’s really no accounting for taste when it comes to coffee. We all have our favorite cafes and we keep coming back for various reasons. Maybe the brew is the strongest around. Maybe it’s cheap and convenient. Maybe it’s the aesthetic of the spot, somewhere you can relax or get some work done or where you and your friends love to get together. Here are some such places. Some are new, some are a neighborhood staple. All are known for fabulous java.
16) Astro Coffee, Detroit
The pour-over is the name of the game at this Corktown spot. All drinks are prepared with care and the setting is a super sleek atmosphere. Oh, and the breakfast sandwiches? To die for.
15) Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co., Mason
The idea of a bookstore coffee shop gives us all the warm feels (it probably has to do with the whole writer in the cafe thing). This place is the local gathering spot, where folks can find great reads and enjoy a cup of joe - the perfect combo in our book.
14) Biggby, Gaylord
Say whaaa?? What's a chain doing on this list? Well when it comes to coffee, there are plenty of people who prefer the quick and inexpensive route to start their days. And this Midwest chain is perfect for just that.
13) Black Owl Cafe, Kalamazoo
Want a quality local roaster? How about a rustic, industrial vibe? What about reputation? This cafe has it all covered. Coffee is roasted in-house as Kalamazoo Coffee Company. The interior design is accented with reclaimed wood. And the shop is known by fans as one of the very best in the entire state.
12) Brew, Traverse City
Want a cafe that doubles as a bar? This spot will satisfy your breakfast needs and then turn around by serving up the boozy kind of brew at night.
11) Cabin Creek Coffee, Alpena
Here, you won't just find coffee, but also sandwiches, baked goods and a prime downtown location where you can meet up with coworkers.
10) Drip Drop Drink, Muskegon
This shop is for folks with a flare for the artisan attention to preparing coffee. Coffee here is poured-over and comes from Counter Culture Coffee.
9) Flint Crepe Co.
What could be better with a sweet, delicious crepe than a cup of Zingerman's Coffee Co. brew? You'll find a variety of delightful, locally-sourced condiments for the crepes, too. A nice balance, for sure.
8) Great Lakes Coffee, Detroit
Right in the middle of Detroit's bustling Midtown neighborhood is where you'll find Great Lakes Coffee. Nice mix of coffee drinks, small bites, plus once you're done doing a little work, you can switch over to cocktails, beers or wines. Sweet place to meet with friends any time of the day or evening.
7) Harless + Hugh Coffee, Bay City
Here, you'll find the popular Populace Coffee from Bay City, as well as baked goods, homemade syrup and a stylish vibe.
6) Lemonjello's Coffee, Holland
Students, locals and tourists alike flock to this place. And for good reason. Coffee comes from Grand Rapids' Madcap, there's a great mix of specialty drinks and the shop is ideally located.
5) Madcap, Grand Rapids
Speaking of Madcap, this coffee is a highly regarded roaster based in Grand Rapids. Sample the delicious pour-over brews by ordering a flight of three 8 oz. cups. We promise you a delightful experience.
4) Mighty Good Coffee, Ann Arbor
Of course this college town is going to have the best coffee. This spot keeps harried students and faculty alert with in-house roasted coffee that's ethically-sourced. Good for you, good for the coffee farmers who grow the beans.
3) Gas station coffee from Speedway
Let's keep it real. Sometimes there's nothing better than stopping in the gas station mini-mart and preparing a cup of joe just how we like it. At stations like Speedway, you pick from a plethora of creamers and sweeteners, style of roast, plus plenty of snacks for a cheap, custom roadside breakfast.
2) Strange Matter, Lansing
This chic pour-over spot isn't just for the laptop-toting freelancer types. When you come in here, you're likely to engage in conversation with locals. Just the way we like it.
1) Ugly Mug Cafe and Roastery, Ypsilanti
Ideally located within close proximity to U of M and EMU, this chill cafe promises local flare, on-site roasted coffee and even books to read if you're in the mood to hang out awhile.
Just writing about all this delicious coffee warms us up on a chilly November night. Can’t wait to get out there and grab a cup ASAP. Tell us though, where are your go-to coffee shops that keep you coming back for more?