Like a queen bee, a good cup of coffee is carefully tended to by workers, generates a buzz, and makes you scream if it lands between your eyes. Save face with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a punch card for five medium coffeehouse drinks at Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. in Kimberly (up to a $21.25 value). This punch card is not valid for smoothies.
At Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co., javasmiths quench caffeine cravings with a menu of hot and cold espresso concoctions. Among 11 wintertime drinks, the Great Lakes mocha blends smooth milk chocolate with velvety espresso and hot milk for a taste sweeter than a cotton-candy mouth guard. Coffee-free beverages such as cinnamon caramel cider or hot chocolate send rich, sugary rivulets streaming down throats. Baristas blend malt and real chocolate into icy espresso to create the Malted Milk Ball, one of six frozen drinks. Sippers can elevate beverages with a choice of 12 flavored syrups, including sugar-free and holiday-themed options such as pumpkin, gingerbread, or balsam fir. For quick jolts of caffeine, utilitarian cups of jo kick taste buds with either a light and flavorful house roast or a bold and robust dark blend.
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.