Michigan’s Best Cup of Coffee
Michigan coffee is home to hundreds of coffee shops. But, what is it that makes a coffee shop good? Is it purely about the roasts, or is there something more which draws you in?
Perhaps it’s a decor that makes you feel at home or helpful staff with a passion for flavorful coffee.
For most, a combination of these aspects are what determines a great coffee shop.
We think these coffee shops in Michigan check all the boxes, from a friendly atmosphere, cozy clean environments, and some of the best coffee selections in the state.
If you’re a coffee drinker (and we assume you are since you’ve joined us to read this) then, we have some great coffee news for you: the coffee scene in Michigan has never been more vibrant.
After all, what better place to enjoy a soul-lifting cuppa than the Great Lakes State?
Whether you’re seeking a craft coffee or espresso drinks made with beans direct from a local roasting plant, there are plenty of coffee shops and community spaces perfect for sipping your drink of choice.
Guide to Michigan’s BEST Coffee Shops
Our guide to Michigan’s best coffee includes spots offering coffee and espresso; cold brew; unique coffees and specialty drinks; and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Looking for that perfect coffee bar?
We’re sharing spots that make a pure Michigan cup of Joe.
From Grand Rapids to downtown Detroit and Metro Detroit; Royal Oak to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; we’ve got Michigan coffee shops covered. Here are some of our picks for Michigan’s best coffee.
Alcona Coffee Co
110 E Main St., Harrisville, MI 48740
If you’re in the mood for a drive, we feel sure you’ll thank us later for bringing this hidden gem of a cafe to your attention.
Set right on the main street of charming downtown Harrisville, this unassuming little spot will quickly made you glad you stopped by.
They are SERIOUS about coffee here, serving up their own blends of coffee served hot, iced, or by the pound in whole bean.They also serve freshly brewed coffee, great espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, chai and other specialty coffee and tea drinks.
The deli features such house-made specialties as corned beef, pulled pork, pastrami, and a variety of ever-changing specials.
Don’t miss the bakery with sweet treats such as cookies, biscotti, brownies and muffins.
Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
3965 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
This family-owned and operated coffee company is dedicated to serving responsibly grown coffee. They’ve got a very dedicated group of fans, too, who frequent their Detroit locations regularly for their perfectly brewed joe.
Woodward Corner Market
30955 Woodward Ave #305, Royal Oak, MI 48073
For the owners of Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, brewing coffee in Detroit was a dream.
When given the opportunity to occupy a 130-year-old building in Midtown, they jumped at it, and now this location – among others in Maple Theater, TCF Center, and Eastern Market – is a favorite destination for Detroit coffee lovers.
Every cup of coffee is scrumptious and is often complemented by a salad or sandwich from their extensive menu. Being open later than most coffee shops means it’s a great place for enjoying open mic nights or just stopping by to get that evening caffeine fix for long nights ahead.
Shadrach, Meshach & ABeanToGo Coffee Roasters
8221 State St, Goodrich, MI 48438
LAKE ORION LOCATION
16 West Flint St, Lake Orion, MI 48362
ABeanToGo is the quaint shop bringing flavorful coffee to the northern suburbs of Detroit and the greater Flint area, courtesy of a lifetime coffee lover.
Each of ABeanToGo’s two locations in Goodrich and Lake Orion are built on the foundation of opposing corrupt corporate American ways, an observation made by the owner prior to opening. This makes for an enjoyable atmosphere of originality and inclusivity.
Here, no belief is stronger than the belief that a strong, delectable, freshly-roasted cup of coffee has the power to bring people together, despite differences in tastes or convictions.
Eos Café & Coffee House
30625 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48082
This St. Clair Shores coffee shop is just the stop for those who want a bit more than a bite to go with their brew. The assortment of sandwiches, breakfast dishes, and baked goods makes Eos a great brunch option for coffee lovers.
Perhaps a cappuccino, frappe, or mocha will satisfy your hankering, but if the usuals don’t tempt you, consider ordering the Eos house specialty, which will open a door to endless flavor possibilities!
This local shop is great for bringing along a book or laptop to read or work in the relaxing environment.
Plymouth Coffee Bean
884 Penniman Ave, Plymouth, MI 48170
Known simply as “The Bean” among regulars, the Plymouth Coffee Bean has been a community staple in Metro-Detroit for decades.
This is Michigan’s longest-running independent coffee shop and it operates out of a converted house that’s over a century old.
This community social hub oozes with character and charm and hosts a variety of events showcasing local artists, poets, and musicians.
Enjoy a locally roasted coffee, fresh-made crêpe, or even a gluten-free muffin, courtesy of nearby local bakery, Rumi’s Passion while you bask in the eccentric energy and homey atmosphere of this Plymouth gem.
Coffee + Cream
38340 Joy Rd., Westland, MI 48150
This newer installation in Metro-Detroit coffee shops has become a fast favorite of many locals.
Nestled on an unassuming corner in Livonia, Coffee + Cream has made waves, bringing customers for their unrivaled coffee, pastries, and ice cream selection.
They’ve mastered a menu that caters to coffee lovers and sweet-tooths alike, leaving no one out.
So whether you’re in the mood for a Turkish coffee, spinach pie, or a few scoops of ice cream, this bright and fresh destination will satisfy your craving.
Water Street Coffee Joint
315 E Water St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
3037 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
245 W Centre Ave., Portage, MI 49024
2603 S Sprinkle Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Since the opening of its original downtown Kalamazoo location, Water Street Coffee in west Michigan has grown considerably.
Now, you can find a Water Street Café in three different locations around Kzoo as well as one which features a drive-thru in neighboring Portage.
They’re even the campus coffee provider for Western Michigan University!
This level of growth is unsurprising to anyone who’s had a taste of the local-roasted coffee; the emphasis on quality is clear and Water Street treats the journey to food and beverage perfection as a science and an art, yielding creative and delicious flavors.
Fourth Coast Café and Bakery
816 S Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Fourth Coast is a treasured Kalamazoo gem. When not impacted by outside forces, they remain open 24 hours a day, making it a favorite late-night study stop for college students in the city in need of some caffeine.
Still, with limited hours and seating due to COVID-19, they remain favored.
Their location is unique. Situated beneath a hopping brunch spot called Crow’s Nest in a popular neighborhood means they find many regulars coming through for a cup o’ something, like a dirty chai latte or espresso.
The baristas are friendly and have good relationships with patrons, making this a neighborhood coffee shop that cares about customers as much as the coffee they brew.
Uncommon Coffee Roasters
127 Hoffman St., Saugatuck, MI 49453
In Saugatuck, Uncommon Coffee Roasters brings delicious coffee to the Lake Michigan coast.
Founded in 1994 on principles of diversity, inclusion, and sustainability, this truly is a place for guilt-free indulgence.
Sourcing quality green coffee beans from around the world is a priority for this shop and they are sure to give back whenever possible.
At UCR, they provide a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment to enjoy scrumptious locally brewed coffee – including a variety of vegan choices! S
elect from numerous coffee options and pair it with a bite to eat for a lovely coastal coffee experience.
Ashe Supply Co
1555 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
With a motto like “Drink Coffee, Live Wild,” you know you’re in for a special treat when you visit this spot on Broadway St. serving up small-batch java drinks, pastries and sandwiches in a trendy, motorcycle-themed industrial space.
You’ll find a selection of unique drinks at Ashe Supply, and the casual, friendly atmosphere pairs well their tasty pastries, too.
202 E Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684
This coffee joint in Traverse City is known affectionately as the Coffee Capital of the North.
Espresso Bay is a local staple that has attracted attention from around Michigan, driving people into town to try their bold cutting-edge brews. Whether you prefer mochas, lattes, pour-overs or smoothies, Espresso Bay has something for everyone.
Espresso lovers in particular love this spot for their baychillers and famous Golden Espresso, named for its pleasing golden color directly from the machine.
In February, they offer free coffee to groups such as veterans, students, the homeless and more for Free Coffee February!
North Perk Coffee / Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company
202 S Lake St., Boyne City, MI 49712
In the northern Michigan city of Petoskey, North Perk was created by a couple with the goal of fostering connections through providing fresh and excellent coffee.
Some time later, the same couple decided to expand into Boyne City with Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company, creating a pair of coffee shop twins.
Each coffee shop still fulfills the original goal, to provide high-quality coffee in a welcoming environment, to this day.
For this reason, they have garnered great success and continue to provide tasty coffee to people from all over Michigan who find themselves “Up North.”
More Great Michigan Coffee
You can also try these spots for a perfect cup.
Coffee Shops in Detroit
4884 Grand River Ave Unit 1A, Detroit, MI 48208
1948 Division St. Detroit, MI 48207
401 S Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Bikes and Coffee
1521 Putnam St., Detroit, MI 48208
2712 Riopelle St., Detroit, MI 48207
Germack Coffee Roasting
2517 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
1413 Farmer St., Detroit, MI 48226
Lucky Detroit Coffee
2000 Michigan Ave f2, Detroit, MI 48216
Narrow Way Cafe
19331 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
Detroit Metro Area Coffee Shops
Dessert Oasis Coffee
336 S Main St., Rochester, MI 48307
606 S Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170
306 N River St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
10215 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck, MI 48212
West Michigan Coffee Shops
Black Owl Cafe
E Harrison Ct., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
632 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge
100 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Northern Michigan Coffee Shops
Good Harbor Coffee & Bakery
111 W Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Higher Grounds Trading Company
806 Red Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684
North Perk Coffee
308 Howard St., Petoskey, MI 49770
Red Rooster Coffee & Community
207 S James St., Ludington, MI 49431
Petals & Perks
429 Main St, Frankfort, MI 49635
State Street Coffee Company
211 W State St, Cheboygan, MI 49721
Upper Peninsula Coffee Shops
Dead River Coffee Roasters
119 W Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
UP North Roast Coffee
506 Ludington St., Escanaba, MI 49829
Java Joe’s Cafe
959 N State St, St Ignace, MI 49781
About the Author-
Bella DiMascio is a content writing intern for mymichiganbeach.com. She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Westland and later attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in English: Writing. Creative writing has been a hobby and interest of Bella’s since she was in elementary school and she is thrilled to be using her talents to highlight the Great Lakes State. Outside of writing, Bella enjoys getting outside with her two Australian Shepherds, playing video games, and binging shows on Netflix.