Are you, like me, a PSL fanatic that looks forward to this time of year as if nothing else in the world matters come the end of August? Is it a Starbucks Siren Call that you have trouble resisting? I’ve been screaming for the last few weeks to eat and drink local, and I mean it. I’ve decided to patch together a list of some local places doing great things with coffee so that you can skip the lines at Dunkin and Starbucks to support your neighbors with me.
This list includes some, but surely not all, of our local coffee shops and roasters in the Green Bay area. These are among those that I drive by every day and frequent as often as I can.
Luna Coffee Roasters
Their base of operations is in De Pere, but that location is keeping its doors closed to protect their employees. They have a Bellevue cafe on Monroe road that is still open for carryout through their front window. You can get whatever specialty drink you want as well as lovingly handcrafted breakfasts. If you’re more of a brew at home person, their beans are available at the Bellevue location as well as through home delivery.
The folks at Luna are wonderful, and so is the coffee. If you’re an East Side resident like myself, this place is the easy choice. It’s literally a block from the nearest Starbucks, AND it’s better quality.
Daily Buzz Espresso Bar
Located on the corner of Washington and Walnut downtown in the Bellin building, Daily Buzz Espresso Bar is a highlight of my trips out to the Saturday Farmer’s market. Their Autumn specials blew my husband and I away on our last visit, including a Harvest Chai Tea with fuckin’ Maple in it that we both loved. Everything is prepared with love, and it’s an easy stop to make when you’re downtown.
Nardi’s Affogato Bar
I drive by Affogato Bar every single day on my way to and from work. There are always cars out front of this downtown De Pere icon. They were among the first to close down as the COVID-19 spike hit town particularly hard, but they’re back at it again slinging coffee and Gelato in equal measure.
Another one located in the heart of Downtown De Pere, the Exchange also roasts their own beans. They have a HUGE variety of offerings not just in coffee but also in breakfast and lunch. They’re available through delivery with UberEats as well. This is a location I haven’t personally visited just yet, but it’s on the docket for this weekend after I discovered a fucking pumpkin cheesecake crepe on the menu.
Collectivo Coffee Servers
Lox, Stock, and Bagel as well as Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe serve Collectivo coffee alongside their offerings. Lox, Stock, and Bagel is one of my favorite places for breakfast, and other than the Collectivo coffee, they can whip up any number of incredible specialty drinks that decorate the back wall behind their serving bar. Uncle Mike’s on East Mason for sure has coffee, but I haven’t been to their De Pere location to see what they’ve got going on there.
Visit their Facebook pages for more information about what they've got for you to pick up in the morning. Eat, drink, and brew local, folks!
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