Drawing from a diverse well of organic fair-trade coffees and dozens of syrup flavors, the bouncy baristas of Decker's Coffee Company pour out a multifarious menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and italian sodas alongside sandwiches, wraps, soups, and baked goods. Create your own smoothie or Deckachino with flavors such as gingerbread, amaretto, and sugar-free irish cream or prepare for winter by stockpiling warm, creamy white-mocha lattes in your backyard tree fort ($3.39–$4.19). Cold or hot, solo sandwiches ($5.59) join forces with chips, a pickle, and a 20-ounce soda in combination meals ($6.99) and count among their ranks luscious options such as honey ham with smoked gouda and a veggie wrap with swiss, cucumbers, and red-pepper basil. Chicken quesadillas loaded with onion, tomato, and green bell peppers ($5.59) flip off the griddle with the practiced grace of a Soviet gymnast, and the house salad ($3.77) comes drenched in dressings including golden italian, fat-free raspberry vinaigrette, or caesar.
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.
Since 1935, employee-owned Paramount Coffee has fired up roasters daily to infuse beans with rich, fresh flavor, now shipping a range of organic, fair-trade, flavored, and local brands to households nationwide. Seeking both quality beans and quality businesses, Paramount's coffee-curators source their aromatic offerings from around the world. A medium roast, the organic and fair trade Peru beans finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste ($8.99/10 oz.). The subtle chocolate flavor and hints of spice of fair trade Rwanda coffee reach mugs thanks to a partnership between Paramount Coffee, Michigan State University, and Rwandan farmers ($9.19/12 oz.). Bulk coffee such as the Ann Arbor Blend ($44.50/5 lbs.) fuels all-night study sessions and marathon slip 'n' slide tournaments, while Paramount’s own flavored coffees fill kitchens with the scents of blueberry muffins, coffee cake, and pumpkin pie ($8.99+/12 oz.).
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
With decadent flavors such as mango, vanilla bean, and taro packing as few as 80 calories per half-cup, the self-serve frozen yogurt at Sugar Berry is as healthy as it is delicious. Customers pump their own swirls of yogurt and sprinkle them with their choice of toppings; a staff member then weighs their creations to price them and determine whether they can be smuggled home in airline carry-on baggage. Sugar Berry also serves sippable treats: bubble teas come in flavors such as chai tea, peach, papaya, and honeydew.