Chocolate and coffee stand among history's lesser-known but equally innovate duos, such as singer-songwriters Garfunkel and Oates or Sartre's unpublished Peanut Butter and Nothingness. Mitigate existential angst with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of chocolate, coffee, and more at Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co.'s location on East Michigan. Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. melds and melts quality chocolates with fresh, hand-roasted coffee to spread bean-induced bliss among its customers. Absorb chocolate in truffle form or dissolve it into a rich mocha ($3.40 for a medium) or hot cocoa ($3.00 for a medium) cut with real chocolate. Avail yourself of the cafe's WiFi as you sip your silken concoction, or pick up a pastry ($1.30 and up) and a bag of fresh coffee beans ($8.99 and up) for an aromatic alternative to last year's Valentine's gift of decomposing October foliage.
Though the Lansing location of Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. has yet to receive many online reviews, Yelpers give the Ann Arbor location a four-star average:
Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co.
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.