With a new and up-and- coming city such as Detroit comes an array of authentic and
mellow coffee and tea shops that create the perfect setting to admire art pieces,
enjoy music and hit the books. Many of these coffee shops are walking distance from
campus. Others are in the heart of the city.
DIA’s Kresge Court
Take a stroll to the Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward Avenue. Enjoy art
pieces and relax in the DIA’s very own Kresge Court — a cleverly designed open
atmosphere with beautiful architecture. The windowed ceiling brings light to the
cafe’s classic and modernly designed brightly colored garden. Their drink menu
includes Starbucks lattes, mochas and teas; beers and wines are also available.
According to the DIA’s website, Kresge Court also offers a gourmet menu of seasonal
ingredients from local markets for their soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and
desserts. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the cafe also has iPads that are available
for customers to use on their high tables.
The Bottom Line Coffee House
On Third Avenue hides a gem in a special neighborhood that serves local bakery
products, suspended coffee and fresh herbal tea. The Bottom Line Coffee House sets
the perfect ambience for music and art aficionados to flock to. Their displayed
artwork, which changes monthly, is chosen from submitted artwork from Detroit
artists. On the last Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m., the coffeehouse holds a slam
night. Fridays are open-mic nights at 7:30 p.m. and coffee-goers enjoy reading and
listening to poetry on each Sunday at 4 p.m. Stop by Bottom Line and enjoy some of
the other customer coffee favorites, including the Pink Lady, which is a raspberry
chai latte with a shot of espresso. For tea lovers, try out their Turkish mint tea.
Germack Coffee Roasting Co.
In the heart of Eastern Market on Russell St., is Germack Coffee Roasting Co. The
on-site roasting facility displays an assortment of jams, syrups, coffee beans, tea
blends and recipe books for sale. Germack’s popular tea choices include
pomegranate hibiscus, cream Earl Grey, and other chai favorites. A freshly baked
buckwheat brownie, scone or muffin is the perfect addition to an herbal tea or
freshly roasted cup of coffee. Their on-display tea section offers over 50 mixes to
choose a new blend to taste each visit.
Socra Tea is not your average tea joint. Located on Garfield, the shop, according to
their website, is known to be a part of the Sugar Hill Arts District and was the center
of African-American commerce and entertainment during the early 20th century.
Along with the area’s rich culture, the shop offers 85 types of tea to choose from and
local-artist made jewelry, paintings, ceramics, clothing and food to splurge on. Their
organic tea, certified as the top 1 percent, includes various blends, from the average
peppermint tea, to strawberry lavender, to even chocolate mint tea. The tea house
also accommodates those who are gluten and dairy intolerant by offering gluten-
free baked goods and nondairy milk choices. Stop by Socra Tea for a calm, hidden
place to study and a unique tea experience.