Wisconsin is always brewing up something good—and not just beer! Check out these impressive names in Wisconsin coffee whipping up morning magic at its roasters and cafés across the state.
No trip to Wisconsin’s Driftless Region would be complete without a stop at Wonderstate Coffee, located on Main Street in Viroqua, housed in an adorable former 1940’s Mobile gas station. Wonderstate Coffee prides itself on sourcing the highest quality organic coffees, roasting in small batches with its vintage 1930’s Probat G-30 roaster. The company’s commitment to sustainability is admirable, even becoming one of the first coffee roasters in the world to be 100 percent solar-powered. Education on coffee and its sources are also very important to Wonderstate Coffee, often holding onsite classes and evident by its entire website section where coffee lovers can learn everything from how they roast, cold brews, pour overs and the importance of coffee storage. Guests can also enjoy light breakfast and lunch menu items including ingredients from neighboring farmers.
Wonderstate Coffee’s Viroqua location is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with its kitchen closing at 2 p.m. Two additional cafes are located in Madison and Bayfield. For more information, visit wonderstate.com.
Café De Arts
Café De Arts is a charming family-owned and -operated European micro-roastery and coffee house in the heart of Waukesha. Open since 2009, this warm and cozy spot has become a favorite with regulars and visitors alike. Owners Ayhan and Gutten Munzer are roasting up some delightful blends, including their signature strong and smoky Istanbul. They are super welcoming and more than happy to help guests select their perfect blend. Café De Arts is open for breakfast and lunch and features European pastries, paninis, salads and soups, along with gourmet coffee, smoothies and espresso.
Café De Arts is open Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit cafedearts.com.
Ruby Coffee Roasters Café
Community comes together at this cozy and trendy Wisconsin coffee café in Downtown Stevens Point. Opened in 2019, Ruby Coffee Roasters has been serving up delicious coffee roasted in its nearby rural Nelsonville location along with an almost 100 percent organic breakfast, lunch and snack menu. Menu items include hearty harvest bowls, salads, quiche and a plethora of sweet and savory crepe options, just to name a few. Besides the traditional coffee options, try the seasonal drink options including pumpkin cold brew, house-made apple cider or the golden milk latte made with a turmeric tonic. Ruby Coffee Roasters prides itself on its sustainability practices, incorporating composting, reusable plates, utensils and biodegradable to-go items into its business model.
Ruby Coffee Roasters is open daily, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit rubycoffeeroasters.com.
Bedrock Coffee Roasters
Bedrock’s mission is to source, roast and serve the best coffee all while creating a welcoming atmosphere for its customers and staying committed to ethical and sustainable practices. Guests to the Neenah location will find unique small-batch coffees roasted with beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Columbia and a staff that is passionate about their craft. The café focuses mostly on coffee and teas but has a relationship with Oshkosh’s Thunderbird Bakery where guests can place an order for fresh bakery goods on Tuesday for weekend pickup at the Wisconsin coffee café. Bedrock Coffee Roasters also has an online store, where customers can get a World Tour pack featuring six small samples from various regions.
Bedrock Coffee Roasters is open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed on Sunday). For more information, visit bedrockcoffee.com.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
Freshly roasted coffee has been the name of Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.’s game since beginning operations in 1999. The Walker’s Point open-concept location in a former Cream City brick warehouse features an extra-long bar, ample seating at gorgeous wooden tables and a warm cozy vibe. The location is not only a certified organic roasting facility but also serves up craft beer, wine and live music on most weekend nights. If the Anodyne name sounds familiar, it is because you’ve likely enjoyed its coffee at many places throughout the Midwest. It also has locations in Milwaukee’s Bay View area and public market as well as Wauwatosa, each with its own unique feel. The Bay View location dishes up incredible Southern Italian-style pizza from the wood-burning oven and a glass of vino. Delicious!
Hours and events vary per location. For more information on Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., visit anodynecoffee.com.