Caffeine Crawl: Exploring Metro Detroit’s Coffee Shops

By: Katie Goncalves | May 3, 2023
Barista pours espresso for iced coffee beverage

If you love coffee, you know there’s the standard stuff you can pick up from just about anywhere, and then there are places that go above and beyond. An excellent cup of coffee is second to none and the coffee shops that are committed to high-quality coffee are worth making a stop for. If you’re looking for a new bucket list item, check out these local coffee shops serving up unique and delicious coffee. Consider it a caffeine crawl for the coffee obsessed. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The Commons

7900 Mack Avenue, Detroit

The Commons is a coffee shop and gathering space located in downtown Detroit, in the basement of the Quicken Loans headquarters. They serve coffee roasted by Madcap Coffee Company and also have a menu of sandwiches, salads, and pastries made with local ingredients. The coffee shop has a bright, modern interior with colorful murals and plenty of seating for working or socializing.

Cappuccino, iced tea, assorted pastries from The Commons
Cappuccino, iced tea, assorted pastries from The Commons

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters

Rochester, Detroit, Royal Oak, Ferndale

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Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters opened in Rochester in 2009 and has since expanded to three other locations in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Ferndale. Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters roast their own coffee beans in small batches and source their beans from around the world. The Rochester location is housed in a historic building that was originally a bank and still features a vault in the back. The owners also own a dessert shop called Dessert Oasis, which is located next door to the Rochester coffee shop. Additionally, The Detroit location of Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters is located inside the historic Penobscot Building and features a grand staircase and ornate decorations.

Red Hook Coffee

Detroit and Ferndale

Red Hook Coffee was founded in 2013 by two brothers who were inspired by the coffee shops they visited in Brooklyn, New York. The coffee shop’s name, Red Hook, is a nod to the Brooklyn neighborhood where the owners lived and worked before moving to Detroit. Red Hook Coffee roasts its own coffee beans and sources them from small farms and cooperatives around the world. They also serve a rotating selection of craft beer and wine, as well as baked goods from local bakeries.

Milwaukee Caffe

447 East Milwaukee Avenue, Detroit

Milwaukee Caffe is located in Detroit’s up-and-coming Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. The coffee shop is named after the street it’s located on, which was named after the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee Cafe serves coffee roasted by local roasters, including Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company and Anthology Coffee. They also offer a menu of locally-sourced pastries and breakfast burritos from local breakfast sandwich icon Iggy’s Eggies.

The Congregation

9321 Rosa Parks Boulevard, Detroit

The Congregation is a specialty coffee shop and cocktail bar located in Detroit’s historic Boston-Edison neighborhood. Their name is a reference to the building’s former use as a church, and many of the original features, such as stained glass windows and a pipe organ, have been preserved. The interior is grand and ornate, with vaulted ceilings and marble columns. The Congregation serves coffee roasted by Intelligentsia Coffee, as well as a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. They also offer a menu of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items made with local ingredients.

Barista prepares an iced latte at The Congregation
Iced Latte from The Congregation