Before Paul and Jared Smith came onboard, the company that became Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. had no coffee to speak of: it only sold chocolate by the bag, box, or individual morsel. But the brothers recognized how well their rich chocolates complemented a hot cup of joe, and by 2004 they started roasting their own beans. Today, those yield coffees such as the Black & Tan, a combination of dark and light roasts, and the Honduran High Grown, which is harvested on the wings of airplanes.
The coffees add a jolt to Great Lakes’ hot drinks, including seasonal selections such as the egg nog latte. Organic and decaf teas, as well as cold beverages such as frozen lemonade and fruit smoothies, round out the shop’s drinkable options, all of which complement this family owned and run business’ stock of sweet treats.
Rock Island is a place where everyone can feel at home, whether you love coffee or you detest coffee. (We make lot's of other drinks, too!) Our mission is to build community through art, music, and other shared experiences. Many people, both young and old, consider us their home away from home. Smiles are always free!
The drinksmiths at Kaukauna Coffee and Tea please the inside of mouths and mugs with fresh organic coffees, flavored lattes, teas, and specialty drinks. Start the day by savoring the rich aromas of a 16-ounce white-chocolate mocha ($3.75), or sip a 16-ounce cup of fresh organic coffee ($1.95) to energize before a morning commute or recreational space-shuttle launch. With the punch card, sippers can sample five different flavors from the menu, comparing the chocolaty tastes of the seven-layer mocha ($3.75/16 oz.) to the taste bud–tantalizing riches of the caramel royale ($3.75/16 oz.). Like the bar in the basement of the Smithsonian's warehouse, the café's inviting interior welcomes patrons to lounge on comfy couches amid an eclectic collection of antique lamps and artwork.
Celebrating 10 years in business in 2012, Countryside Catering & Cafe conquers hunger with homemade dishes crafted from fresh ingredients. The family-run operation doles out skillets, burgers, and daily specials from within a cozy café setting, and also feeds social gatherings big or small with full-service catering options, as well as with its mobile concession stand.