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201 E. Nine MileFerndale, MI 48220
Grabbing a half-caf, no-foam, nonfat vanilla soy latte from your corner coffee shop just got a little more stimulating thanks to three friends who teamed up to create an Italian coffeehouse in Ferndale. Torino Espresso Bar opened in July on the ground floor of the Lofts on 9 on East 9 Mile. Built from the ground up, the Italian coffeehouse serves all the brewed and iced coffees you’d expect from a decent java hut, but with the added benefit of cocktails, wines and martinis. What’s not to love about that?
2124 MichiganDetroit, MI
Neighborhood: Corktown/Michigan Ave.
This Corktown venue offers espresso drinks and individually drip-brewed cups of single-origin coffees. For anyone who's serious about coffee, it's a must-visit destination.
884 PennimanPlymouth, MI 48170
Located within a block of Kellogg Park in the heart of Plymouth's downtown, the Plymouth Coffee Bean offers an array of espresso drinks, smoothies, sandwiches and baked goods. Don't forget the hot chocolate opportunities featuring more than 30 flavors. Try Ghirardelli chocolate powder mixed with steamed whole milk and a squirt of raspberry flavoring; it is like drinking a truffle. If the Coffee Bean's cozy qualities aren't apparent from the facade of gray brick and siding, they become so upon seeing the rustic fireplace and trio of rooms painted burnt orange, pale yellow and sky blue and often adorned with art from local artist. Live music and poetry are also featured.
3037 BiddleWyandotte, MI 48192
Neighborhood: Downtown Wyandotte
The Grind is a comfortable coffeehouse with entertainment on the weekends and fresh fruit smoothies.
300 Hamilton RowBirmingham, MI 48009
Neighborhood: Downtown Birmingham
Birmingham's newest gathering place is an independent, barista-style coffee cafe called Commonwealth that has sleek, contemporary styling; a healthful, local menu of chef-prepared foods, and direct-trade coffees from Grand Rapids' MadCap Coffee Co. and the chic Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Ore. It's a place designed for serious coffee lovers: Beans are ground just before brewing for each cup of coffee and espresso, and each cup is individually prepared using a pour-through drip brewing system. It takes about 3 1/2 minutes to prepare a cup of coffee and about 2 minutes for an espresso.