Coffee in Metro Detroit (part 1 – Detroit proper)

As a hardcore coffee drinker, I’m always searching for the coffeehouse with the best hours and the best drinks. I can say that I’ve been to a large majority of the different coffeehouses in the CBD, Midtown and over on the East side. Catch my reviews after the jump…

Java Exchange (Techtown – Cass North of I-94)
I’m actually typing this blog at the Java Exchange. It’s very clean and professional looking. The decor is classy and very business-like. The coffee is pretty good although I’ve never had a bar drink (like a mocha or latte) here. Their target demographic is the employees at Techtown so their hours kind of suck (only open until 8pm). They have free wifi.
Beans & Bytes (Woodward by the Majestic Theatre)
I want to like Beans & Bytes, I really do. It’s too bad that the chairs there are uncomfy, the TVs are too loud, and the coffee isn’t that great. On the flip side, they have the best hours of any coffeeshop in the CBD/Midtown area since they serve lots of medical employees. They do have free wifi though.
Starbucks ( Multiple Locations, but I go to the one on Jefferson by Belle Isle and the new one on Woodward)
The Starbucks on Jefferson is tiny and really only good for a quick drive-through coffee in the morning. The Starbucks on Woodward and Mack is more roomy and comfy but sucks in the winter when people come and go out of the front door while waiting for the bus stop outside. The coffee is Starbucks standard, so it’s not bad. They don’t have free wifi but the hours aren’t terrible (open until 10pm in Midtown).
Avalon (Cass and Willis)
Avalon specializes in breads and delicious treats. They make pretty good coffee too. I’m not sure if they have wifi or not, I suspect the probably don’t. It’s very small and usually packed. They have the craziest hours though (I don’t think that they are even open on Sundays or Mondays)

There’s a few more that I’ve been to and I will summarize those in Part 2, coming soon!

5 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    Avalon is open on Sundays and Mondays now, but wasn’t before…

  2. Rick (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    Avalon has a themed Sunday brunch every weekend from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Their new chef, Jeff Ttatum rolls out his best. They stay open till’ 3 p.m.

  3. baliad (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    i agree with you about Beans and Bytes, the atmospher sucks…

    Starbucks is the best overall… no mention of the Rowland Cafe??? you can’t beat the lobby of the Guardian Building… but the hours stink…

  4. Mollika* (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    I always wonder about the inconvenient hours that the coffee shops around here are open. I would think that the date market, the ridiculous hours of the medical profession, and students cramming late at night would ensure late night traffic that any business would be delighted to capitalize on.

  5. Tom (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    Mollika, I think a lot of it has to do with insurance rates. I can imagine that business insurance is a lot more expensive for businesses open late in Detroit than business that close early.

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