Nothing says cozy quite like a coffee shop. And there’s something about the fall season that makes cozy that much more appealing.
The Pike is bustling with coffee shops and coffee roasters that serve caffeinated goodness from the most basic to the more complex. The changing of the seasons means new menu offerings that feature favorite fall flavors.
Stop by one of these coffee shops before beginning your next autumn adventure — fall feels guaranteed!
Drip Drop Drink
Serving downtown Muskegon since 2013, Drip Drop Drink roasts its own coffee on a state-of-the-art, zero-emissions, award-winning Bellwether Roaster.
The company specializes in handcrafted, pour-over coffee. Drip Drop Drink also bakes its own pastries and offers several food items like avocado bacon toast, waffles, yogurt and soup.
This fall, patrons can sip on the specialty Cinnamon Spiced Mocha. The drink includes house-made dark chocolate mixed with cinnamon, cayenne and a hint of smoked chipotle. You’ll taste a lovely chocolate flavor with just the right amount of warm spices blended with in-house roasted espresso and steamed milk. Sounds delicious, right?
Respite Cappuccino Court
At Respite Cappuccino Court, you’ll find frothy espresso drinks, fresh pastries, and a breakfast and lunch menu offering waffles, paninis and salads.
The drinks menu has everything from espresso creations and blended cold drinks to smoothies and creamy French sodas. This fall, there are two must-try specialty drinks.
The Activated Charcoal Latte is creamy, detoxifying, healthy and so delicious. Not only can it cleanse your digestive system, but it’s also great for reducing bloating and increasing energy. And don’t forget the fall favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte made with pumpkin purée and all the delicious fall spices, instead of the syrup.
Good Harbor Coffee
Downtown Traverse City’s longest running coffee shop, Good Harbor Coffee, has been around for nearly three decades. Its espresso drinks are made with Metropolis Coffee Co. Redline espresso. The menu features hot and cold drinks as well as seasonal and specialty options. The bakery menu includes scones, muffins, cookies and frittatas, as well as gluten-free and vegan offerings.
This fall, stop in to try the Spiced Coffee, made from Coffee Express Roasting Company Costa Rican beans, cold-brewed with organic fall spices and then steamed with house-made vanilla syrup and milk of choice. Good Harbor Coffee makes its own almond milk and offers organic soy, whole and skim milk options.
Side Bar Artisan Coffee
When it’s too early for a beer at Odd Side Ales, a coffee creation from Side Bar Artisan Coffee is the perfect choice. The coffee shop is tucked inside the brewery.
Side Bar Artisan Coffee serves Mad Cap Coffee and Rishi Teas. The menu features fresh roasted coffee, espresso, signature lattes, fresh fruit smoothies and delicious gourmet hot chocolate. This fall, Side Bar debuted Autumn Spice, a latte with an organic house-made syrup with organic cane sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and orange.
The 205 Coffee Bar
The coffee experience at The 205 Coffee Bar in downtown Holland is unique to other local coffee shops. Espresso and milk is dispensed from taps, just like at your favorite brewery, while other taps dispense cold brew coffee, nitro coffee, kombucha and other drinks. The 205 Coffee Bar also serves cocktails and wine.
This fall, customers can enjoy the classic Pumpkin Latte, made with fresh pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon and fresh whipped cream, as well as a Creamy Pumpkin Nitro. The bar also introduced its Sweater Weather Cocktail Menu, which includes a Caramel Apple Hot Toddy, a Winter Baileys Latte and a Spiked Eggnog Latte.
St. Joseph and Benton Harbor
The independent craft coffee roaster, Forté Coffee, has two locations, one in St. Joseph and one in Benton Harbor, each with the mission of serving love one cup at a time. The Benton Harbor location just opened this month.
The regular coffee menu includes espresso drinks, blended drinks and cold brew, nitro and kombucha on tap. Its from-scratch bakery serves sweet goodies like stroopwafels, scones, cookies, muffins and brownies.
There are several fall drinks on the menu this season. There’s the ever-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte and others that are a little more unique. The Chaider combines Chai concentrate (organic and small batch) with cider. The two are steamed together and topped with cinnamon. Then there’s the Maple Syrup Latte, which includes real maple syrup steamed with milk.
Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co.
Since 1993, Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co. has brought fresh-roasted coffee to Northern Michigan. The company roasts nearly 100 regular, decaffeinated and flavored coffee and blends.
The café serves espresso drinks, French-pressed coffee, cappuccinos and lattes, as well as tea from Great Lakes Tea and Spice. Baked goods are available, too.
This fall, visit the café for a specialty drink. Witch’s Brew is a tea latte made with local black tea from Great Lakes Tea and Spice, macadamia nut flavoring and delicious oat milk. The flavor is rich, smooth and nutty. Or, there’s Sweater Weather, a seasonal mocha featuring espresso, rich semi-sweet chocolate, milk, and a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg. This creamy drink is the perfect option when enjoying the wonderful, beautiful fall weather.