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Not Every Cup Is Created Equal: A Guide To The Best Coffee In The D


Nothing warms the mind and body quite like a good cup of coffee. From the welcoming aroma that tingles your sense of smell to the rush you get from the surge of caffeine, coffee is a one-of-a-kind beverage that has billions of fans the world over.

Today is International Coffee Day and, to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look at some great, independent coffee shops in metro Detroit. We want to cover a wide area of metro Detroit, so getting around to each of these shops will be a challenge on foot. This sounds like a good excuse for a road trip! If you want to check out one or all of these great shops, you can find their locations mapped out below.

Plymouth Coffee Bean (Plymouth)

Starting off in the quaint suburban town of Plymouth is Plymouth Coffee Bean. Having originally opened in 1993, Plymouth Coffee Bean is the longest-running independent coffee shop in Michigan. Not only do they sell a multitude of roasts from across the world, they have live music every weekend, open mic nights every Monday and are supporters of the local art scene. Plus, if you’re starting this little road trip on a Saturday morning, you can enjoy a delicious plate of freshly made crepes.

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Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream (Franklin)

Since setting up shop four years ago in a century-old barn house in Franklin, Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream has made a name for itself across metro Detroit. Where else are you going to find fair trade, organic coffee with a scoop of Guernsey Farms ice cream on the side in a quaint barn house setting?

Chazzano Coffee Roasters (Ferndale)

It’s time to head across town to one of Detroit’s neighboring cities. Located in Ferndale, Chazzano Coffee Roasters is owned and operated by Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo who has been roasting his own coffee since 2002. The shop originated in Cranford, New Jersey, then moved to Chicago and then to Ferndale. The staff at Chazzano takes their coffee so seriously that it is all they serve. No pastries or other food items can be found here. Oh, and don’t ask them for cream or sugar. Trust us.

Great Lakes Coffee (Detroit)

This road trip has almost come to a close! Next stop is Great Lakes Coffee on Woodward in Detroit. Walking into this Midtown coffee shop is a treat in itself, so much so that I would recommend not taking your beverage to go. Take a seat and enjoy the brick and wood interior as you watch other patrons dine and drink over social conversation or hyper-focused studying. Everything about the atmosphere is rich, earthy and inviting. The best part? You can grab a bag of your favorite blend to take home with you.

Common Grace Coffee (Dearborn)

The last stop on our little caffeine-driven (ha!) road trip is a bit of a newcomer. Common Grace Coffee in downtown Dearborn opened its doors this year and has been brewing coffee, lattes, pour overs and teas, and serving delicious pastries, such as croissants, macarons and more. Plus, where else are you going to get a jack-o-lantern brewed into your latte?

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