Ann Arbor is known throughout the Midwest as the home of renowned college University of Michigan, acclaimed for its top research and liberal arts programs. Coffee shops and cafes line its downtown collegiate district, serving up some of Michigan's most acclaimed coffees alongside beans and blends sourced from national roasters. The city is also known for its world-famous independent bookstore scene, which is home to a number of local bookstore cafes serving up light fare and espresso drinks perfect for sipping and reading.
1.19 Drips Coffee and Tea
19 Drips Coffee and Tea is a delightful family-operated coffee shop in Ann Arbor, originally founded by father-son duo Hisham and Saeed Ebrahim in 2017. The cafe is operated out of the family's townhouse and blends Yemenese-style culinary techniques with third-wave coffee roasting, serving up clean, authentic cafe beverages. Artisanal coffee beverages range from traditional drip and pourover brews to trendy techniques like Aeropress, French press, and Chemex. Diners can also select from a wide variety of espresso-based beverages, ranging from flat whites and cortados to mochas, macchiatos, and flavored lattes. Cascara, reiki, and matcha tea lattes pair with traditional English and green tea offerings, served up alongside light cafe fare like Belgian waffles, bagels, and homestyle oatmeal.
2263 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, Phone: 734-585-0461
2.Bearclaw Coffee Co.
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Bearclaw Coffee Co. offers five locations throughout the Ann Arbor area, serving up excellent cafe beverages since 2002. The small cafe was originally founded by married duo Doug and Debi Scroggins and has blossomed into a full-service chain throughout the region, known for its quality espresso-based beverages prepared with organic, gluten-free ingredients. Specialty coffees range from traditional Americanos, lattes, and mochas to the cafe's signature Bearclaw Blend coffee, which can all be prepared with a variety of dairy-free alternative milks and syrups. Frozen lattes and mochas are also served up, along with an assortment of breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, bagels, and other light cafe fare.
2460 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Phone: 734-548-9018
3.Black Diesel Coffee
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Black Diesel Coffee is a locally-owned business serving up some of Michigan's best coffee roasters at its lovely pourover bar. The cafe, which was founded in 2015, has partnered with the area's best small-batch artisan roasters to bring a unique multi-roaster program to the Ann Arbor region. Cafe beverages range from cappuccinos and con miels to flavored lattes, mochas, and blended frappes. Tea lattes are also served, along with French and Italian sodas and specialty hot chocolates. Pastries from local bakeries pair with a selection of sandwiches, soups, cheesecakes, and delicious gelatos from local gelateria Iorio's Gelateria. Breakfast and brunch are served all day, making the cafe a great choice for mid-afternoon pickups.
1423 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Phone: 734-436-8355
Espresso Royale offers six locations throughout the Michigan region, including a location in the Ann Arbor area. The delightful coffee shop is known for its premium coffee varieties and delicious house roasts, served up in a casual, welcoming environment. Espresso-based classics such as Americanos, lattes, and mochas pair with options like the company's namesake drink, an extra-strong signature cappuccino. Signature flavored beverages include the company's bourbon-barrel caramel cappuccino, peppermint bark mocha, maple cinnamon latte, and nitrogen-charged vanilla cold brew N7. A selection of locally-baked breads, muffins, cookies, and scones pair with a menu of light cafe sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
324 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, Phone: 734-662-2770
Lab is a charming urban cafe in downtown Ann Arbor known for its high-quality national multi-roaster program, which chooses roasts and blends from the best coffee makers around the country. The airy, modern cafe specializes in pourover cups and trendy coffee preparations, served up in a cafe setting decked out in local artwork. Espresso-based beverages like lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos pair with cold selections like iced cold brews. Italian and French sodas are also served, along with a plethora of looseleaf teas and non-caffeinated beverages. A rotating yogurt bar showcases an assortment of fresh fruit and cereal toppings, while a cafe counter serves up locally-baked goods like Tasty Footprints brownies and Cecilia's Pastries macarons.
505 E Liberty St # 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Phone: 734-827-2233
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Literati Coffee is a delightful full-service espresso and coffee bar located in Ann Arbor's downtown district, overlooking its charming Washington Street and Fourth Avenue intersection. The cafe, which opened in 2016, has become a community gathering space for Ann Arbor literary types, hosting book clubs, author readings, and other literary events throughout the year. It is located above the independent Literati Bookstore, named as Publishers Weekly's 2019 Bookstore of the Year. Single-origin espresso beverages are served up throughout the year, prepared with alternative milks like almond and oat milk. All drinks can be prepared hot or iced and with delicious syrup options in specialty beverages.
204 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Phone: 734-585-5652
RoosRoast Coffee was voted as Washtenaw Country's best coffee shop by Current Magazine, known as one of Ann Arbor's top coffee roasters. The coffee shop has been acclaimed as one of Michigan's top coffee shops, selling its delicious roasts to top grocery store chains throughout Southeast Michigan, including national chains like Whole Foods. Its roastery prides itself in implementing sustainable practices, using 80% less energy than area competitors in all its operations. Traditional coffee beverages like cortados and macchiatos pair with signature drinks like Cherry Bomb or Ancho Pancho Spicy mochas. Non-coffee selections include cascara teas, matcha lattes, and iced Arnold Palmers. Light cafe fare ranges from locally-baked pastries to daily quiche selections.
1155 Rosewood St, Ste B, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Phone: 734-222-9202
8.Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea-UM Liberty
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea—UM Liberty is a charming neighborhood coffee shop located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ann Arbor, just two blocks from the attractions of the University of Michigan's Central Campus near the historic Michigan Theater. The delightful cafe focuses on globally-influenced signature drinks like French Vietnamese au laits, Asian-inspired Dragon Eyes, and crème caramel lattes. Delicious herbal and sweet teas also take center stage on the menu, along with iced frappes, Hawaiian-style Napali cold brew coffees, and a selection of non-caffeinated beverages. Light cafe fare includes yogurt parfaits, daily quiches, and an assortment of sandwiches and salads.
604 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Phone: 734-929-2398
9.The Common Cup
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The Common Cup is an outreach cafe operated under the supervision of the University Lutheran Chapel, located on the campus of the University of Michigan's Central Campus. The nonprofit cafe was opened over a decade ago as a gathering space and outreach ministry program for the collegiate campus, open to the public seven days a week. Diners can select from a menu of delicious coffee pourovers and preparations, including traditional drinks like French press coffees, Americanos, and cafe au laits. Cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas are also served up, along with tea-based beverages such as chais and steamers. An assortment of fresh fruit smoothies and blended drinks are offered as non-caffeinated options.
1511 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Phone: 734-327-6914
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10.Zingerman's Coffee Company
Zingerman's Coffee Company is a charming local roaster in Ann Arbor that both supplies wholesale coffees to area businesses and operates a small-batch coffee bar in the city's downtown district. The lovely coffee company serves up a menu of espresso drinks alongside trendy hand-brewed coffee preparations like Chemex, Aeropress, and syphon coffees. Its Big Brew Board, developed by manager Steve Mangigian, displays bean types and flavor profiles, elaborating on tasting notes of each coffee served up throughout the year. Excellent cafe beverages pair with a selection of looseleaf teas, fruit smoothies, hot cocoas, and light coffeehouse fare prepared at the cafe's bakehouse and creamery.
3723 Plaza Dr #5, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Phone: 877-653-5282
10 Best Ann Arbor Coffee Shops
- 19 Drips Coffee and Tea, Photo: todja/stock.adobe.com
- Bearclaw Coffee Co., Photo: Bearclaw Coffee Co.
- Black Diesel Coffee, Photo: Black Diesel Coffee
- Espresso Royale, Photo: Natalia/stock.adobe.com
- Lab, Photo: bennian_1/stock.adobe.com
- Literati Coffee, Photo: Literati Coffee
- RoosRoast Coffee, Photo: Parilov/stock.adobe.com
- Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea-UM Liberty, Photo: F8studio/stock.adobe.com
- The Common Cup, Photo: VTT Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Zingerman's Coffee Company, Photo: WavebreakMediaMicro/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: ArtFamily/stock.adobe.com