Portland, Chicago, and New York get plenty of attention for their coffee scenes, but it turns out Milkwaukee has a robust, albeit lesser-know, brew culture as well. Since the establishment of Alterra about 20 years ago, it hasn’t been tough to find local roasters like Anodyne “serving up some of the highest quality brews you can find anywhere,” reports Lori Fredrich. Indeed, Milwaukeeans tend to keep their coffee preferences local, choosing hometown purveyors over national brands whenever possible.
The writer chatted with fellow denizens and members of the coffee industry to find out what’s brewing in the largest city in Wisconsin. Among locals, there is a strong sense of duty to support Milwaukee food producers. They just wish more restaurants would do the same and serve coffee made from local companies.
Publisher of Edible Milwaukee Jen Ede told Fredrich, “The fact that Milwaukee has evolved from being a beer, sausage, and cheese town to a place known for its cocktail and coffee culture is awesome and good for us, both on the local and national level.”