Keeping the culture of independent coffee shops alive, the friendly baristas at the Italian-style Ani’s Caffe brew up energizing lattes, mochas, and coffee amid deep crimson walls and cozy leather sofas. As steaming mugs of hot tea steep at the old-fashioned counter, staff scoop out cones and cups of dozens of decadent, local Ray’s Ice Cream flavors to complement freshly made espresso drinks. Additionally, every Friday and Saturday evening, the café invites local musicians to serenade its guests, who can always catch up with imaginary friends online using the shop’s free WiFi.
Let's set the scene: a stone fireplace radiates heat, laughter and conversation blend into a blanket of white noise, and the aroma of freshly ground coffee permeates everything. This could easily be a person's version of heaven, but it's actually a place that exists in this earthly realm. Welcome to Bean and Tea Company.
One of Detroit's newest spots for enjoying a steamy cup of tea or coffee, Bean and Tea Company has already established itself as a local meeting place dedicated to relaxation and social activity. It's the kind of coffee shop where friends gather around cozy tables, strangers get to know one another, and bookworms snack on their favorite textbooks in peace.
Beyond Chocolate's confectionary wizards, led by experienced chocolatier Kelly Commisso, silence chattering sweet teeth with handmade cake pops. Clothed in top-notch Belgian chocolate and garnishes of swirls or sprinkles, the toothsome spheres contain luscious centers of white, yellow, or chocolate cake. Meanwhile, resident chocolatiers manipulate gourmet chocolate to create 10 varieties of truffles, as well as turtles, almond bark, and drizzled strawberries, which helps customers to fulfill the food pyramid’s recommended 16 servings of chocolate per day. As passionate about making confections as they are about sharing their techniques, the skilled staff teaches classes on the art of crafting cake pops and creating molds, sending students home with their own delectable, handmade desserts.
As an art gallery, concert venue, and meeting place, The Kewl Beans Cafe provides locals with a place for creativity and conversation over cups of hot coffee. Baristas grind up organic, fair-trade beans daily, transforming the bitter confetti into traditional beverages and uncommon drinks such as frozen mocha madness. Fresh slices of bread from Knickerbocker Baking Co bookend meats and cheeses for made-to-order sandwiches, and Hershey’s premium ice cream piles into sundaes and shakes. During weekend concerts, live musicians play acoustic guitar or accordion as patrons snuggle into comfy chairs and auto-tune performances on free WiFi.
Biggby Coffee's beverages are more like entire desserts contained within a cup. Baristas craft lattes in delicious, sweet flavors such as butter bear––a combination of caramel and butterscotch––or white lightning, a white chocolate-infused coffee. They also make creme freeze smoothies in icy flavors ranging from dairy-free mango to chocolate chip cookie or frozen hot chocolate, and can craft tea lattes for non-coffee drinkers in flavors like cinnamon spice. While beverages are busy being steamed and steeped, glistening cases of treats tempt visitors with slices of lemon pound cake, cinnamon rolls, and assorted bagels and donuts.
Jungle Java was designed to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's caf? carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.