The lowdown on local coffee shops and tea rooms

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

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.



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