Morning Jolt: New Coffee & Tea Houses in Metro D

By: Toni Cunningham | September 22, 2014
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Tomorrow is the first official day of fall, and you know what that means! It’s pumpkin spiced beverage time. Well, it is if you enjoy your coffee with triple the calories thanks to toppings like whipped cream and caramel.

Perhaps you’re more of a plain Jane who needs a steaming cup of black coffee before you start your day. I’m sure there are even a few of you reading this who have an aversion to coffee and prefer tea instead. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of new coffee houses and tea houses in the Metro Detroit area where you can get your fix.

Arcane Coffee is a pop-up located in Detroit that serves some of the highest quality pour-over coffee around. The coffee here is made in small batches and Arcane Coffee uses biodegradable products and reusable glass in order to remain environmentally friendly.

Thus far, Arcane Coffee has been spotted at places like the Parker Street Market and Campus Martius Park. If you’re a repeat customer, remember to bring back your glass bottle the second time around. Return that one, get a new one and you’ll receive $2 off your entire purchase of whole bean or cold brewed coffee.


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Coffee and (______), 14409 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, got its permanent location this past June after operating as a pop-up. Here, classically trained pastry chef Angela Foster brews locally roasted coffee and whips up pastries and other goodies.

At the beginning of the month, Coffee and (______) shut its doors (temporarily, of course) for a few week’s worth of renovations. The grand reopening is scheduled for late October, when the newly refinished floors and kitchen will be ready to go. When it does reopen, you can look forward to coffee, tea and some of Foster’s specialties like Dark Chocolate Banana Coconut Pecan Bread, Apple Crumb Pie and Cranberry Hazelnut Scones.

Café con Leche is getting ready to open its secondary location in Detroit’s New Center. The building, located at 2990 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, should be open for business any day now. The original Café con Leche, located in southwest Detroit, does a booming business and this one should be no different. Whether you’re looking for an excellent cup of hot coffee, an iced coffee, a Mexican Mocha or even a sandwich, you’ll find it here.

Mad Hatter Bistro, Bar & Tea Room, 185 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, combines food, alcohol and tea all under one roof. Beginning in October, the bistro will hold afternoon tea service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

This isn’t exactly prime time for grabbing a cup of tea on your way into work, but it’s way more fun! Try the Mad House Blend, a black tea with cardamom. Don’t be late for this very important date.

Eli Tea, 108 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, is a hop and a skip away from the previously mentioned tea room. The company is all about loose leaf tea, American grown herbal teas and fair trade, organic goods, all of which are sold at over 20 Metro Detroit locations like Always Brewing Detroit and The Bottom Line Coffee House.

Metro Detroiters have been able to try out Eli Tea at any of those 20 locations, but this fall, Eli Tea is opening its own tea bar. You can look forward to sipping green tea, herbal tea, chai tea and green tea there soon. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates and opening details!

Whether it’s a weekday morning or a lazy Saturday afternoon, coffee and tea are staples that keep plenty of us Metro Detroiters caffeinated and happy. Take a break from your usual tea or coffee supplier and grab a cup at one of these new places in the D.