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A Lavender Latte Here, There and Everywhere in Detroit.

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in the heart of Midtown Detroit has become my-go coffice (a coffee shop turned office) when in the city. Over the course of time I’ve gravitated towards always ordering their Lavender Latte. During my time there the Lavender Latte has…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…hung out at various desks and tables throughout the coffee shop…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and been alongside for the ride while working…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and hung out with its beer friends…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and rested on a stool…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and checked out the wintery Midtown and Woodward Avenue…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and been visited by pastry treats like the chocolate chai bread…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and hung out on ledges…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and spent a lot of time hanging out at the bar…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and basically parked itself where ever a scenic coffee shop view presented itself.

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

To the Lavender Latte, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company and Midtown Detroit! Well got to go. Have to go find out where the latte will be hanging out next! πŸ™‚

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Watching a Detroit Neighborhood Coffee Shop Fill Up.

On this early Saturday morning I started hanging out in Astro Coffee in Detroit right after it opened its doors. Quite empty.

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Barely a few minutes later all the seats were taken and there was a line out the door at this Corktown neighborhood hot spot. So great to see’

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

The latte was enjoying the morning at the counter…

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, latte

…and on a stool waiting for what’s about to happen.

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, latte

What’s about to happen is lots of people enjoying the neighborhood,  conversation, atmosphere, treats and service that Astro Coffee provides. Oh yeah and delicious, hand-crafted lattes and other coffee drinks.

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, latte

Checkout #ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Choose Your Clothes Wisely for more of the great times I’ve had at Astro Coffee. Back to the latte drinking and people watching!

Instagraming My Coffee Consumption in the Buckeye Capital.

On an early morning recently during the holiday season I decided to take a day road trip and coffee shop hop in Columbus, Ohio. While there I Instagramed my coffee consumption in the Buckeye state capital.

My first stop, in the early morning, was at Yeah Me, Too in the Clintonville neighborhood. Their store front is simple with the one word that will always grab my attention. Coffee! I grabbed a coffee to-go which is the norm there. They are cash only and there is no wi-fi or indoor seating. They have a menu of one: french press coffee, hot or cold, large or small. Very simple and yet very good. Was a great way to get the day started. The place to go to grab a coffee on the way to work. πŸ™‚

Yeah, Me Too, coffee shop, Columbus, Ohio

It was time to go to a place with atmosphere within to do some travel writing. There isn’t a better place in town for that then Stauf’s Coffee Roasters in the Grandview Heights neighborhood. Upon entering you’ll notice their space is divided evenly between a cafe and a retail storefront, both offering plenty of seating options. For coffee, I went with appropriately named “The Buckeye”. Peanut butter and chocolate coffee deliciousness.

The Buckeye coffee, Stauf's, coffee shop, Columbus, Ohio

The place was hopping with locals, people on their laptops and holiday shoppers. I setup my #coffice in the retail store front and soaked in the holiday atmosphere. Along with my coffee beverage, I bought some beans from amongst the dozens of choices. The customer service throughout my stay there was exceptional, offering me tips on the best beans and coffee to get based on my interests. πŸ™‚

Tip: The place fills up fast and there are not a lot of outlets, so if you’re looking to get work done, get there early. Their wi-fi is great even with the traffic.

Stauf's coffee shop, Columbus, Ohio

Right after lunch I moved right down the street, staying within the Grandview Heights neighborhood, to Luck Bros’ Coffee House. It’s off the beaten path and provides a quieter alternative to Stauf’s. It little longer to get my pour over, but that was because of the great care they took in making an individualized coffee. I enjoyed the Guatemala Pour Over while also checking out the neighborhood right outside. Each person there made sure I was satisfied with my coffee choice.

The perfect true neighborhood coffee stop I found on this day. It’s where I would go to read the Sunday morning paper and relax. πŸ™‚

Luck Bros Coffee House, Columbus, Ohio

Whenever traveling, no matter the itinerary, I always seem to wind up somewhere random and unplanned. This day was no exception. Later in the afternoon I decided to take a coffee break and visit the foodie paradise known as North Market. Whether buying food for home or looking for something local to eat, this market in the Short North section of town is the place to be. Passing one delicious food stand after another I wound up at, surprise, surprise, a coffee shop stand within the market called A Touch of Earth. The java and I always seem to find each other.

A Touch Of Earth, North Market, Columbus, Ohio

I sat on a stool at the counter and went seasonal enjoying a Pumpkin Cappuccino while people watching. Lots of conversion was also had with the baristas about coffee, the market, the weather and whatever else was going on that day. Other customers were ordering pumpkin and other various types of lattes. Something for next time! You’ll also find a good loose tea selection along with chocolates, candy and other snacks.

Pumpkin Cappaccuino, A Touch Of Earth, North Market, Columbus, Ohio,

Throughout the year of 2013 my goal was to visit one-hundred non-chain independent coffee shops. My last stop of the day in Columbus happened to be stop #100 for the year. Cafe Brioso was the lucky spot right in the heart of Downtown. The lucky drink was the Ohio Maple Latte, just one of the many unique coffee drinks on the menu. A delicious way to complete the day and year in coffee drinking.

Ohio Maple Latte, Cafe Brioso, Columbus, Ohio

I sat on a stool looking out into downtown, watching business people come-and-go. During my stay at Cafe Brioso I also had my eye on the bags of beans that were just outside the door. You better not leave anything coffee related unattended around me haha! πŸ™‚

When Cafe Brioso is brought up, their salads and lunch are often mentioned, along with coffee. I should start a series on the food of coffee shops. Hmmm. I consumed food from home on this day.

Cafe Brioso, Columbus, Ohio

The evening rush was beginning and it was getting darker outside, so it was a good time stop the coffee flow and start the several hour drive back home. Of course I would have no issues staying awake with the amount of caffeine consumption.

It was a great day in the Buckeye state capital and I look forward to getting back and exploring more of their thriving coffee scene.

Columbus, Ohio coffee shops

Any coffee shop recommendations in Columbus or through out the state of Ohio? What cities would you say are coffee shop hopping worthy that you have come across in your travels?

Bye Polar Vortex. Hello Latte and Fire!

It’s another bitter cold morning in the winter most of us in the eastern half of the United States will never forget. It’s -10 degrees Fahrenheit without the wind in Howell, Michigan as I approached Uptown Coffeehouse.

I exchanged the Polar Vortex for a Nutella Latte by the fire. I’d say “that’s a great trade-off” as I’m typing this. πŸ™‚

Warm wishes to everyone effected by the snow and cold this season.

The Coffee of 2014: What #ElCafeDe2014 will bring?

The coffee of 2013, #ElCafeDe2013, took me to one hundred coffee shops around home and in my travels. I’ve been thinking for a few weeks now as to what #ElCafeDe2014 and this year in coffee will bring.

It will bring me to many coffee shops I’m sure, both new ones and return visits to favorites. There are lots of places to explore whether around home, on a day trip or on a long-distance adventure.

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Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Detroit, Michigan

I’m not setting a goal to visit x number of coffee shops. In reality I’m sure the number will be way, way less than one-hundred this year. The coffee of 2014 instead will focus on the coffee experience.

During #ElCafeDe2014 I want to:

  • Experience many different coffee brewing methods and the resulting java deliciousness.
  • Try a variety of lattes, while watching and learning more about latte art.
  • Interact with baristas, coffee shops and other coffee lovers more.
  • Keep going back to the coffee shops I like to experience everything they have to offer.
  • Photograph and write about the coffees I consume and the coffee shops I visit in unique ways.
  • Read and comment on blogs, reviews and photos of other coffee lovers on various websites and social media outlets. I especially want to find posts about coffee shops people go to in their travels, both random and planned stops.
  • Even try my hand at making coffee at home, outside of the trusty old coffee pot.
  • Be surprised. The unknown in terms of coffee shops and experiences that I will have is exciting.

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Vanilla Maple Latte, Glassbox Coffee & Juice, Ann Arbor, Michigan

To 2014 and coffee! Gotta go. It’s time to find that next great coffee. I look forward to seeing you out on the open caffeinated road. πŸ™‚