Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ expert baristas brew fresh cups of coffee using Rainforest Alliance beans and a passion for carefully cultivated caffeine. Whirlwinds of crushed ice co-mingle with richly roasted coffee to craft 24-ounce chillers—a slushy, sweet treat dense with dessert-like flavors. Celebrate seasonal transience with a pumpkin-spice chiller, or tickle taste buds with a frosty, slurpable snow globe in the form of a white-chocolate-caramel-cookie chiller. Five dark-chocolaty cocoa-loco chillers can help customers stay cool and caffeinated for a full workweek or provide a necessary jolt of get-up-and-go to an entire bicycle polo team after a night spent dreaming of steel children and living motorcycles.
The owners of Sven's Café pride themselves on being ahead of their time—when Steve Goretzko and his business partner George Voglis began roasting in 1989, they were among the first in Wisconsin to specialize in fair-trade and organic coffee. After Sven’s Organic Coffee Company began to take off, Goretzko decided to open Sven’s Café in Bay View; eventually, he added another location in downtown Milwaukee.
Goretzko hails from Berlin, and Sven’s Café has a decidedly European feel; baristas use Probot and Gothot German roasters to brew fresh java, for example. Sven’s coffee beans hail from the world over, harvested in far-flung locales including Africa, Indonesia, South America, Hawaii, and the moon. The café also serves breakfast sandwiches, paninis, salads, and soups.
Due to their curious nature, dogs often come home dirty, whether from chasing squirrels through muddy fields or disassembling your car's transmission. Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar's dual locations provide specially designed stations for washing dogs of all sizes, whether for self-service sudsing or full-service washing by friendly groomers. The cleaners furnish all the tools needed to groom pups to perfection, including shampoos, conditioners, brushes, combs, and high-velocity hair dryers.
Whether returning from a walk or waiting for their pooch to dry, pet lovers can hang out in the dog-friendly Barker Lounge, where they can sip Alterra coffee and munch on pastries. The café also supplies treats for canine customers and free WiFi service for laptops and bark-activated phones.
Sashay into Birdie’s welcoming confines and fill up on a variety of eats to help propel bone boxes through a gauntlet of daily tasks. Seize the a.m. by noshing on a croissant sandwich with egg, cheddar cheese, and a choice of sausage, bacon, or ham ($5.25), or grab a muffin on the go ($1.95). Seek shelter from gusty fall winds and warm up with a bowl of daily homemade soup served with a mini french roll ($5.25) or sink mouth bones into a cucumber croissant with green onion, cream cheese, and romaine lettuce ($5.25). Catch a whiff of the soothing aromas emanating from Johnson Brothers coffees while admiring the homey atmosphere that seems to be whittled from a cozy French villa.
Those allergic to cute better bring an EpiPen if they're going to One Way. Exposed brick, low-key tunes, hanging lamps, and rotating artwork by local creative types give the place a chill charm easily inhaled or absorbed along with treats such as morning French toast ($6.75) and strawberry crêpes dolloped with whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar ($6.25). There's plenty of more substantial fare too, such as the café's famous homemade meatloaf sandwich topped with almond barbecue chutney ($6.75) and the Asian broccoli slaw with cabbage, carrot, peas, noodles, and cashews.