By Mel Grau
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Coffee doesn’t just kick-start the mornings in Wisconsin—local coffee shops serve up fun and flavor from early in the morning to late at night. Wisconsin features local roasteries obsessed with their craft, snug coffeehouses that double as wine bars and sustainable local cafes that champion fair trade. They all offer traditional coffee drinks, but don’t be afraid to take advantage of their creative twists. Here’s our list of some of the best specialty coffee drinks Wisconsin has to offer:
Barriques — Mexican Mocha
This coffee and wine bar is a cozy cradle for Madison’s visitors hoping to relax. No matter the buzz you’re after, Barriques serves delicious drinks. The popular Mexican Mocha combines cayenne pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and espresso for a spicy treat.
Cedarburg Coffee Roastery — Salted Caramel Mocha
Thanks to the Roastery, an aromatic cloud of coffee hugs the small town of Cedarburg. The Cedarburg blend of light and dark beans keeps locals coming back, but the new Salted Caramel Mocha is sweetly satisfying.
Colectivo Coffee — Cortado
Scattered throughout the Milwaukee area, with an additional location in Madison, Colectivo is an eclectic and colorful coffee destination. The lattes and mocha shakes are perhaps the most popular concoctions. However, their cortados will impress any coffee aficionado. Served in a traditional cortado glass, this espresso and milk drink is rave worthy.
Glas Green Coffeehouse — Berry Good Day
Boost your energy and have a Berry Good Day—espresso, blueberries, milk and ice blended with protein powder. This Sturgeon Bay coffee house meshes Gaelic-inspired hospitality with environmental consciousness. Bicyclists get a 10% discount, and yoga lovers can join the musical yin class.
Radio Milwaukee — Coffee to order
Stone Creek Coffee’s location at Radio Milwaukee is the definition of craft coffee. Here, coffee doesn’t just sit in a pot. Your cup of coffee is made to order, and you can choose one of three brewing processes at the Brew Bar. Enjoy your fresh brew while listening to live music from the radio station next door or while sitting on the outdoor patio.
The Root Note — Hazelnut Latte
Funky, fun and featuring the delicious coffee from Kickapoo Coffee roastery, the Root Note is a La Crosse hotspot for a chill night out. Customers clamor for the Hazelnut Latte and stay to listen to the live jazz.
More brews to love:
Grounded in La Crosse — Latte Miel
Luna Coffee & Roastery in De Pere — Funky Monkey