The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Milwaukee

Photo of Michelle Schmid
9 February 2017

Wisconsin’s largest city often goes by the nickname ‘the Brew City.’ While usually referring to the selection of great beer available, this name also touches upon the variety of top-notch coffee shops just waiting to welcome beans lovers. Check out the following list of unmissable joints.

Colectivo Lakefront Cafe

This coffee shop brings all the familiarity of the Colectivo brand to a classic location. Colectivo has a great variety of delicious coffee and tea drinks available, including a fine quality espresso and freshly roasted bean coffees. All the beans used for the coffee here are prepared right in Milwaukee, so everything has a taste of the local to it while still bringing coffees from around the world. Lakefront Cafe offers a distinct venue for coffee-drinkers; the shop resides in the 1888 Milwaukee River Flushing Station and hosts many events, such as the Florentine Opera and Musica del Lago outdoor music series during the summer.

Colectivo Lakefront Cafe, 1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI, US


Lakefront | Courtesy of Lakefront Coffee

Valentine Coffee Roasters

Inspired by a love for all things that taste good, Valentine Coffee Roasters believes that coffee beans should be treated as fruit; ripened and handled to perfection. And with such a sentiment, this shop brings coffees from all over the world, including Asia and the Pacific, Central America, South America and Africa. At the tasting room of this coffee company, visitors will find a chic environment to sip all those favorite espresso drinks, or explore the various types of roasts at the roasting bar.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co

A small batch roaster striving to prepare quality and consistent results with each cup of coffee, Anodyne Coffee is a sleek yet inviting shop to visit. Trendy wood lines the walls and floors, and the sparsely decorated walls bring a sense of rustic Wisconsin to the daily routine of coffee consumption. Visitors can chill at the bar while enjoying organic coffees from Ethiopia and Brazil to name just a few. Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co is also a truly environmentally-friendly coffee provider, intent on using only what is absolutely necessary to create the best brews.

Anodyne Coffee | Courtesy of Anodyne Coffee

Stone Creek Coffee

Bringing beans from the farm straight to the cup, this coffee roasting company is all about consciously participating in the process of creating a fantastic cup of coffee. Stone Creek Coffee offers a spacious and naturally lit locale to enjoy fantastic brews. Whether working out of the office or meeting up with a friend, the comfortable and inviting atmosphere becomes the perfect place to enjoy coffee at its best. At the Factory Cafe, guests won’t just experience a great cup of coffee, however, but will also learn about all the intricacies of brewing.

Stone Creek Coffee | © Steve Glynn/Flickr

Story Hill BKC

A fully-fledged restaurant and bar, Story Hill is incredibly conscious about offering its visitors high quality coffee. The trendy decor made from raw materials provides visitors with a comfortable atmosphere to dive into that morning cup of joe!

Story Hill BKC | Courtesy of Story Hill BKC

Rachambo Coffee and Tea

Traveling back in time to appreciate the flavors of ancient days, Rochambo Coffee and Tea has fine and quality drinks at the center of its business. The shop has a variety of deeply rich flavors in both coffee and tea that are specifically unique. Rochambo is a vibrant and colorful atmosphere that will recall visitors’ artistic sides and promote a comfortable space to work or play. The coffee and tea house serves anything from organic and custom coffees and specialty loose leaf teas from around the world.

Urban Joe Cafe

Featuring fine quality coffee that is fair trade, the setting at this cafe really contributes to the surrounding environment. The beans used for brewing here are hand-selected to create not just favorite hot drinks of the morning hours, but cooler options for the later hours of the day, when people are in need of something uplifting and a little stronger. Speaking of uplifting, Urban Joe Cafe has established a system known as “suspended coffee”, whereby guests can purchase a drink anonymously for a future customer in need!

Urban Joe Cafe, 7028 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI, US

Live music at Brewed Cafe

Live music at Brewed Cafe | © Ky/Flickr

Brewed Cafe

A comfortable and cozy hang out to enjoy live music, art and a great cup of coffee, located in Milwaukee’s historic Brady street, Brewed Cafe brings a piece of home to its atmosphere of bright hues and colorful posters. The cafe resides in an old house, brightly painted pink and green, and features a menu of home-made soups and pizzas for hungry visitors. Guests can enjoy free Wifi and special events, such as free refill Wednesdays. It won’t take long to feel like Brewed Cafe is a home-away-from-home!

Alderaan Coffee | © Courtesy of Alderaan Coffee

Alderaan Coffee

A multi-roaster coffee bar, Alderaan Coffee invites its guests to not only enjoy the sleek interior atmosphere, but to taste the quality coffees of worldwide roasters. This shop gathers coffee from Ethiopia, Mexico and Guatemala to name just a few. Many of the beans are supplied from roasters located in coffee central cities all around the country, such as New York, Chicago and Portland. In addition to favorite coffee drinks made with artistic skill and creativity, the syrups used for lattes and other specialty drinks are all made in-house

Dryhootch Coffeehouse

Created from a national non-profit organization that strives to create a healthy and substance-free environment for recovering veterans, this coffee shop in Milwaukee brings a particular sense of community. The coffee here is quite delicious, but it’s the environment which promotes friendship, arts, and music that sets Dryhootch Coffeehouse apart. Whether convening within the comfortable indoor setting, or enjoying a cup of joe in the wonderful garden outdoors, this is a great place to come and relax.

Dryhootch Coffeehouse, 1030 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI, US