There’s something special about a local, homegrown coffee shop. Sure, the big names are reliable, but nothing beats a coffee shop with a truly local flavor, which is why I’m highlighting some of the best coffee shops in Michigan.
The very first coffeehouses date back to the 15th century. As the centuries progressed, they became known as the perfect meeting places for coffee lovers to get together, drink java, talk, listen to music and more.
Today, coffeehouses are still a popular gathering place, where friends meet to catch up on life, tell stories, share experiences and, yes, enjoy some freshly brewed coffee. Even when meeting in person isn’t an option, coffeehouses offer a familiar spot to grab your java and be on your way.
Read on for 15 of the best coffee shops in Michigan, all locally-owned. What’s your favorite spot to grab a cup of java? Get in touch, and let me know!
15 Best Coffee Shops in Michigan
Atomic Coffee first opened its doors in August 2015, and since then, it’s become a Royal Oak favorite, offering fresh coffee, as well as a variety of smoothies, juices and food options. The coffee shop also offers a large outdoor eating area, which is perfect in the spring and summer months.
Location: 401 S. Main St., Royal Oak
Biggby Coffee got its start back in 1995 as a single coffee shop in East Lansing, Michigan, right near the campus of Michigan State University. The coffee company, founded by Bob Fish and Mary Roszel, has expanded into a national brand via franchising, but all the while, Biggby has kept its local flavor and feel. Biggby currently has hundreds of locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and beyond, and they’re expanding each day. For those who still don’t have a Biggby in their neighborhood, the company’s coffee products are available online.
Location: Based in Michigan and expanding across the U.S.
Chazzano Coffee roasters roast more than 25 unique varieties of coffees, freshly made on a daily basis, so when you stop by for a cup of java, you know it’s as fresh as it gets. Chazzano Coffee is also available wholesale across America, and fun Chazzano merch items are available via the store’s online shop.
Location: 1737 E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale
Common Grace Coffee
Common Grace Coffee offers a range of coffee options, with espresso being at the top of the list. They also offer a small but hearty selection of food items, such as Rooster’s Egg and French Granny sandwiches, among other smoothies, specialty teas and beverages.
Location: 22225 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; also at the North Terminal of the Detroit Metro Airport
Commonwealth Cafe presents fresh coffee and breakfast choices with a gourmet streak. A recent post on the cafe’s Facebook page showed off their delectable Spinach + Artichoke Benedict, with two jalapeño and manchego biscuits, two eggs and spinach and artichoke sauce. Add marbled potatoes with rosemary-infused butter, and you have a real breakfast. Commonwealth offers gluten-free options, too.
Location: 300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham
Flint Crepe Company
The Flint Crepe Company is known for their crepes, but they’re famous for their flavored coffees, too. In fact, Flint Crepe Company offers their own Flint-roasted, direct trade coffee, grown by folks in Costa Rica and roasted in the heart of Flint.
Location: 555 S. Saginaw St., Flint
Foster Coffee Company
Foster Coffee Company has a special mission. As they describe on their website, “We love coffee, but we love community and people more.” Foster Coffee strives to offer a welcoming spot for the local community to embrace. When it comes to brews, we recommend their 1/2 gallon cold coffee and lattes, which store perfectly in the refrigerator.
Locations in Owosso, East Lansing and Flint
Good Harbor Coffee
Good Harbor Coffee is downtown Traverse City’s longest standing coffee shop, having served up java for an impressive 27 years. In addition to the brews, Good Harbor Coffee offers a line of freshly baked breads and treats, as well as vegan and gluten-free options.
Location: 111 W. Front St., Traverse City
Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company has grown to be recognized as one of the most reliable coffee shops from the Motor City. Now, Great Lakes is even in Key West, Florida, bringing a bit of that Detroit flavor to the South. The shop’s website offers a range of coffee options to order online, as well as Great Lakes merchandise, cold brews, bundles and more.
Locations: Detroit and Key West, Florida
Jackson Coffee Company
Jackson Coffee Company is a quaint coffee shop in downtown Jackson that’s known for its friendly staff and top-notch service. Jackson Coffee roasts their our own whole bean coffees right at the shop, making every cup of java flavorful and bold. Their sister store is the Jackson Candy & Fudge Factory, because, really what goes better with coffee than fudge?
Location: 201 S. Mechanic St., Jackson
Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge
No trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, is complete for a coffee lover without a stop at the Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge. The shop, which is located on the ground floor of the old Grand Central Engineering Building, has a whimsical, old world vibe, and the brews are flavorful and rich.
Location: 100 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids
Roast & Toast
Roast & Toast is an intimate cafe and coffee shop famous in the Upper Peninsula for their breakfast fixings. Roast & Toast got their start in 1993, with a focus on roasting based on bean profile, creative blends and with small batch techniques. They also never offer coffee more than two weeks old, instead donating the older coffee to Brother Dan’s Food Pantry in Petoskey. We love the cause!
Location: 309 E. Lake St., Petoskey
Strange Matter coffee is a favorite destination for java lovers in Lansing, offering a multi-roaster, pour-over and espresso bar. Their whole bean coffee in Early Bird Blend is a favorite. Strange Matter delivers retail bags of coffee locally, and they also shop coffee and merchandise to anywhere in the continental U.S.
Location: 2001 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Uncommon Coffee Roasters
Uncommon Coffee Roasters is a small batch specialty coffee roaster that keeps the lakeside community of Saugatuck, Michigan, fueled with their java. The shop began roasting their own coffee back in 2000, and today, they’ve grown to be a full-fledged coffee house and also offer wholesale products. They strive to use sustainable sources of green coffee beans.
Location: 127 Hoffman Street, Saugatuck
Zingerman’s Coffee Company
The Zingerman’s brand is famous around Ann Arbor, Michigan, and across the U.S., bringing to mind scrumptious food and drink options, everything from meats and cheeses to sandwiches to gourmet candy bars. Zingerman’s Coffee Company carries on the tradition with a dedication to sourcing, roasting and brewing the most flavorful coffees they can find from growers they know and love. For those outside of Ann Arbor, Zingerman’s is able to ship bulk bags of beans anywhere in the U.S. Each cup of coffee is packed with flavor and warmth.
Location: 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor