On November 13th, 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that 11 new stores will go up throughout Green Bay and Milwaukee. The first restaurant will open in 2014 and the rest will be up and running by 2019.
At the end of 2011, 10,083 Dunkin’ Donuts stores saturated the planet and totaled approximately $6.4 billion in sales. This number continues to rise as DD continues to announce chains going up in many other parts of the world since then.
This is great news for coffee drinkers that crave this massive Donuts chain and for the hundreds of teens that will land a job filling your cup for minimum wage. But, for me – I’d much rather support our local quality coffeehouses that add originality to our hometown.
The mission of our local coffeehouses is not to become a giant money-sucking monopoly like the Dunkin’ of Donuts. Instead, they want to offer up something unique and pleasurable to their fellow inhabitants.
Here’s a list of 9 local coffeehouses right here in our area that would rather fill your cup:
1. Luna Cafe
Luna, nestled in De Pere close to St. Norbert College, roasts their coffee fresh every morning in a pre-WWII German roaster made by the Barth Company of Ludwigsburg. Some people swear by the flavor of their beans. I know of a few die-hard coffee-drinkers that only like and drink Luna’s Coffee. It’s a good thing they roast and sell it by the pound. The fact that Luna buys their coffee from small estates that produced beans with fair trade standards makes their coffee that much better.
One of my good friends takes the family to Luna most Sundays for quiche, pastries and a steamy hot cup. If you like cold coffee drinks, you can get a frappe, shake and they make smoothies too. I’ve had the Mocha Shake a few times – it’s super tasty and I definitely suggest it.
You’ll also find an assortment of wraps, pasta salads, and soup for lunch and some enormous cookies and other desserts!
Luna has an inviting atmosphere, live music from time to time and they display artwork by some of the area’s best photographers and painters.
2. Crystal Coffee Cafe & Beanery
The unique part about Crystal Coffee Cafe is the sisterhood story behind the business. The three owners are close sisters who grew up just outside of Green Bay.
The sisters use only Arabica beans which are hand selected by one of the most distinguished importers in the world. They also supply their beans to other coffeehouses and restaurants.
Even though coffee is a major part of Crystal Coffee Cafe, their menu is extensive offering breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups, salads and desserts.
I stopped in Crystal Cafe and tried a Chai Latte which was very good! I’m excited to drop in again to have some lunch.
3. The Attic
There are a couple of really neat things about The Attic. For one thing, they purchase Certified Fair Trade and USDA Organic products – which I think is awesome.
They offer coffee and tea as well as other drinks like frozen hot chocolate and Italian Soda. They sell bakery items and some healthier food and snacks options too.
But the next best thing about The Attic is the used books collection. They have a selection of over 6,000 books that you can buy, trade or will even purchase gently used books from you!
4. Daily Buzz Espresso Bar
The Daily Buzz is a trendy coffeehouse located in the historic Bellin building downtown Green Bay.
They serve breakfast all day long as well as sandwiches and wraps, soups, salads, desserts, baked goods and candies.They have all sorts of coffee drinks, cold drinks, frappes and smoothies.
The Daily Buzz likes to support other local businesses.
Recently, they started serving Ice Cream that’s locally made by Scoops Ice Cream Parlor in Chilton, WI. They serve bagels from Lox, Stock’n Bagel Cafe in Green Bay and they brew a new selection of Door County coffee.
5. La Java Roasting House
La Java has two Howard locations offering organic, Fair Trade, shade-grown, and single estate Arabica coffee. They also have more than 70 loose leaf bulk teas from around the world that you can purchase as well as all the tea accessories for brewing at home.
A neat part about La Java is the cards, handmade gifts and mugs for sale. They also feature artist and consignment items.
And, if you stop in on your birthday, you’ll receive a free 16 oz drink of your choice!
6. The Jitter Bean
I’ve been to the Jitter Bean many times and I know a big reason people get hooked is because of the owner, Julie Phillips. She’s very friendly and talkative and treats you like family.
One day that I had lunch there she told me to just go ahead and eat and then come up and pay when I’m done. Her trust surprised me… in a good way! She even remembered and called me by my name the second time I went there. Yet another pleasant surprise!
The atmosphere is super cozy and warm. I love how all of the tables are unique and different. They are like tables you’d have in your own kitchen. Oh, and the sandwiches are excellent! I’m addicted to the Turkey & Pepper Jack on the thick yummy whole wheat bread. They offer many breakfast, lunch and bakery items.
I’ve had a coffee drink once or twice and they are good too! If you’re in a hurry – there’s a convenient drive-thru window.
The Jitter Bean also offers catering and you can even rent out the entire place for a girls night out or a birthday party.
7. The Creamery
You may have heard of The Creamery’s delicious homemade cupcakes piled high with buttercream frosting…
But if you haven’t tried a hot cup of their fresh hand-poured coffee — you’re missin’ out!
Hand-poured coffee is a method developed in Japan. The water is poured in a slow, steady stream over a filter cone and can take up to three minutes to brew. A hand-brewed cup of coffee ensures proper extraction of flavor from the beans. It makes for a pure tasting, rich and very flavorful cup. Plus, The Creamery hand selects their coffee from roasters across the country.
They also offer coffee brewing classes from time to time, in case you’re interested in learning more about brew methods. And if you ever need gourmet coffee catered in for a meeting or event, a barista from The Creamery is glad to make your coffee by the cup. They also cater their homemade baked goods and seasonal cafe sandwiches.
If you’re gluten-free, stop in on a Saturday to try some gluten free pastries made with all gluten-free ingredients. The sandwiches and breakfast options seem to be delicious and pretty healthy as well!
- Discover The Top 9 Gluten-Free Restaurants in Green Bay
8. Kavarna Coffeehouse
Kavarna Coffeehouse and vegetarian cafe serves high quality Anodyne Coffee from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If you’re into a strong cup of coffee or a well-prepared espresso drink, Kavarna is a great choice.
The atmosphere of the building located downtown Green Bay is very relaxed and comfortable. It’s easy to read a book, have a meeting, bring a date, catch some live music or just go somewhere to hang out for a while. Plus, there’s even a small play area for children with books and quiet toys!
Kavarna is well-known for their sandwiches, pitas, wraps, salads and soups! The Warm Portabella Salad is very tasty. Almost all of their food is made from scratch with local ingredients from places like like Twin Elms Gardens, Ledgeview Gardens, Omanhene Chocolate, Belgioioso Cheese and many others. Even the kids menu has healthy items that you can feel good about.
Kavarna serves Wisconsin cheeses and Italian-style cured meats in their a full service delicatessen next door.
They offer some vegan and gluten-free options too!
Watch for their new small picnic cafe to open in summer of 2014 on the De Pere Riverwalk and located in the historic Locktender’s house!
- Read more about the Locktender’s House in Kasey’s article about 14 Fun Places to Visit Along the Fox River Trail
9. Caffe Espresso
So, grab a late night spirited coffee concoction at Caffe Espresso next time you’re out downtown Green Bay. The atmosphere is awesome – like a smooth jazz feel – and the service is always great.
Other than coffee, Caffee Espresso has been one of my favorite lunch or dinner spots for a long time.
I often rant and rave about the gyro made with real lamb meat, the Chili Con Queso (CCQ) and the Jalapeno Chicken. My husband says the Sicilian Steak dinner is his favorite dish in all of Green Bay. Believe me, though – you won’t find a better gyro or CCQ recipe anywhere else!
Other Coffee Houses To Check Out in Green Bay:
Perky Cups – I rate this PG-13!
What Did We Miss?
Do you have a favorite local spot to stop for a steamy hot cup of yummy coffee? Let us know!