El Cafe De 2013: The first few.

I kicked off the year in conquest of working, hanging out and consuming coffee 100 times in style at a few of my favorite spots in The Mitten.

An early morning Latte & Milk from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in Midtown Detroit really hit the spot.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Midtown, Detroit, Michigan

Opening last year, it’s a coffee bar by day and a wine bar by night. They create freshly roasted coffee to order and also offer craft cocktails and local beers. Looking for a cold coffee beverage? I recommend A Chilly Mexican. 🙂

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Midtown, Detroit, Michigan

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Midtown, Detroit, Michigan

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Midtown, Detroit, Michigan

Another early morning was spent working and consuming a delicious Peanut Butter Latte at Plymouth Coffee Bean Co. in Plymouth.

Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., Plymouth, Michigan

They are Michigan’s longest running independent coffee house opening in 1993. Sit in one of the many rooms in the old downtown house. You’ll find local art and eclectic and random furniture throughout. My time was spent on a couch in the Green Room.

Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., Plymouth, Michigan

Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., Plymouth, Michigan

Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., Plymouth, Michigan

I took a short drive on a Sunday over to Port Huron and enjoyed a 20 oz. Caffé Crème Caramel at Raven Cafe. Cinnamon, vanilla and caramel deliciousness in a giant mug!

Caffé Crème Caramel, Raven Cafe, Port Huron, Michigan

The Raven Cafe opened in 2002 in a building that dates back to Civil War times.

Raven Cafe, Port Huron, Michigan

You’ll find sandwiches, desserts, craft beer and other alcoholic drinks on the menu. They have live entertainment in the evenings and books and art dot the walls throughout the multi-level cafe. Have always had exceptional and friendly service.

Raven Cafe, Port Huron, Michigan

Upstairs relax on the couches, checkout some of the books and the view of the St. Clair River and Canada from the balcony. The Almond Joy Latte is also recommended. 🙂

Raven Cafe, Port Huron, Michigan

Three great spots. Lot’s more to go! Stay tuned as I will periodically highlight other spots that I go to during this year of #ElCafeDe2013. Hope to see you highly caffeinated out on the open road.

4 responses to “El Cafe De 2013: The first few.

  1. Oooh, so many nice places. 😀 I think I’d first try the Great Lakes (love the decor), and then grab that window seat at Plymouth.

  2. Oh my, I love all of these. Not being much of a coffee connoisseur I go more by atmosphere and interior design – I think the first one is my favourite.

    • Great choice! Great Lakes, the first one, definitely has the atmosphere you see in a lot of new coffee stops opening up. The more open design and choice of furniture leads to good times hanging out and working. Watching your coffee being made there is an experience in and of itself. 🙂

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