Bay City

Stop in for a cup of farm-to-roast brew at Populace Coffee, and order a bag to-go of specialty blended coffee for mugs to come. This coffee shop & roastery features something for every coffee lover, from light and fruity flavors to dark and mysterious blends. Experience simple brews, sourced with attention to the bean, from farm to roast — best enjoyed with a scratch-made vegan bagel or gluten-free donut.

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Midland / Frankenmuth / Saginaw

Discover three unique locations and the mission of Creation Coffee: To create meaningful relationships and a better world. Order Creation Espresso or Ten Generation coffee — or a Brown Sugar Roasted Hazelnut or Caramel Brûlée Latte — and know that Creation Coffee serves sustainably grown, responsibly sourced, meticulously roasted beans. Tasty bagels, cinnamon rolls, and scones complete the coffee experience!

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Bay City / Midland / Saginaw

With locations in Uptown Bay City, Midtown Midland, and Saginaw, experience Live Oak Coffeehouse — spaces for those who value authenticity and inspiration while sipping locally roasted specialty coffee, tea, and other handcrafted beverages. Lattes and espresso, matcha and Kombucha, indulge in flavors crafted with care. Look into house-made syrups, sugar-free included, and enjoy No-Nonsense (house-made granola) Bars and Traditional or Crustless Quiche.

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Bay City

Drink in the welcoming aroma of hand-poured comfort at Harless + Hugh Coffee. Serving natural wine, beer, and hard cider alongside coffee, espresso, and tea — complete with Kombucha on tap — order a Charcuterie Board or House Waffle to accompany your specialty drink. Enjoy house-made syrups and an atmosphere where community comes together for conversation, coffee, and a light bite to eat — by the warmth of the wood-burning fireplace or bundled up on the beautifully inviting patio.

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Gather ‘round at Grove Tea Lounge, a space that's “not your grandma’s tea house — but she’ll love it, too!” Relax and enjoy responsibly sourced teas and Michigan-roasted coffees with your breakfast, lunch, and bakery selections, all made in-house! Sip hot Patagonia Wild Guava or Schisandra Berry Blush tea — or cold Galaxy Tea, Mermaid Tea, and Boba — or order an Iced Espresso Latte or a cold brew coffee, served on tap!

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Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium | @frommichiganwithlove

Espresso Express Coffee House Presents Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium: Enjoy your cuppa with John, Paul, Ringo, and George at Espresso Express Coffee House Presents Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium! Beatles-themed from ceiling to scones, drink in “Bean-A-Mania” memorabilia, taste the infamous #13 Espresso Shake, and “Imagine” bulk beans, teas, biscotti, bagels, smoothies, and more.

Red Eye Coffee + Tea
: Warm and welcoming, coffee purists will appreciate Red Eye Coffee + Tea for their five drip coffees available everyday. Others will enjoy more than 30 Torani syrups or Ghirardelli chocolate whipped into specialty drinks, alongside a wide variety of teas.

Boomerang Coffee Lounge: Bounce back at Boomerang Coffee Lounge! Choose from flavored lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos — and Chai Tea, Boba Tea, and even a Tea Latte — and balance your caffeine buzz with a full brunch menu, available any time of the day.

MI Element Grains & Grounds: Belly up at MI Element Grains & Grounds, the neighborhood hangout for microbrews, specialty coffee options, and home-baked goods. Combine your house-made Masala Chai Tea or cappuccino with fresh-baked breads and croissants, and taste the reasons locals gather here!

LoLoBee’s Coffee and Tea Lounge: Come in to wind down at LoLoBee’s Coffee & Tea Lounge, open noon to midnight. Enjoy an afternoon or after-dinner Traditional Brew, sample Vietnamese Inspired Iced Coffee, and savor local entertainment, poetry and prose readings, and board games.

Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus

Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: Have a Kaffeeklatsch at Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus, or a Bavarian social gathering among friends over amazing coffee and great conversations! Include fresh baked goods, soups, and sandwiches with your espresso or tea for a delicious experience!

Coffee Chaos: Cozy up on comfortable leather couches with cuppa in-hand, or pick up your selection from the drive-thru at Coffee Chaos! Either way, every brew, iced or hot, is made fresh when you order — and pairs perfectly with preservative-free muffins and cookies, baked fresh daily.

Cafe 476 | @cafe_476

Cafe 476: Meet up at the precise point where M-47 and M-46 converge — Cafe 476 in Saginaw! Sip hot teas & steamers, frappes & freezers, or indulge in signature espresso drinks like the L-Shep (Dirty Chai Latte).

Sips Downtown: Step inside the European-inspired SVRC Marketplace and pick up Sips to savor while you shop! Peruse the indoor marketplace's many vendors and eateries with your coffee, cold brew, espresso, or latte in-hand.

Espresso Milano: Explore your palate at Espresso Milano, an old-school, firstwave-style coffee house that brews single-origin Arabica drip coffee. Discover mochas made with Ghirardelli, specialties including the Caramel Kiss, and seasonal Chai Scream — or Chai-flavored ice cream!

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Excited Goat Coffee Company: Discover the origin of coffee, via legend & goat lore, alongside local Creation Coffee at Excited Goat Coffee Company! Order in-house or online where you can “Build Your Own Drink,” select from frappes, lattes, and cold brew, and pick your pleasure from muffins to specialty cinnamon rolls!

Iron Grind Coffee House: Enter the warm atmosphere of Iron Grind Coffee House, where you’re welcomed to enjoy a cup of coffee and encouraged to build one another up. Named after Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another," enjoy high-quality coffee and baked goods.

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Stranded Yarn & Coffee: Cozy up with a cup of coffee or tea, a ball of yarn, and a notion to create something new at Stranded Yarn & Coffee. Lose track of time in the best of ways inside this yarn-filled nook, the culmination of a dream between two friends who hoped to someday have “a little shop of their own!”

Cops & Doughnuts - Sutherland Precinct: Hold the handcuffs at Cops & Doughnuts - Sutherland Precinct — the “most wanted” around here is coffee and fresh donuts! Sip drip “Cops Coffee” with your Felony Fritter (apple fritter) or pastries, pies, and breads all made fresh in this 100% cop-owned bakery.

Cafe Zinc | @cafezincmidland
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Cafe Zinc | @cafezincmidland

Café Zinc: Indulge in European-style breads, tartlets, tortes, and dessert specialties created by the hands of a French pastry chef at Cafe Zinc, inside the H Hotel. Experience comfortable luxury and a bistro setting, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

K's Cafe: Taste delicious, health-conscious dishes inside K's Cafe. Relax over a cup of java or tea — or a fresh-pressed juice or smoothie — while you enjoy healthy comfort foods with creative twists, from the menu that changes weekly.

Cafe Zinc | @placeswithb

The Bread Gal: Experience Old Town Saginaw and handmade simplicity at The Bread Gal. Order from an ever-changing menu of sweet, savory, and melt-in-your-mouth artisan breads, pastries, quiche, muffins, and more, all made from locally sourced ingredients — and do try the Cardamom Bun.

Honey B’s Eatery
: Taste made-from-scratch, delicious, and sustainable foods at Honey B’s Eatery. With creative dishes for carnivores to vegans, and dietary requests available, choose Chorizo + Brussels Hash, a Classic Benedict,  or Lavender Pancakes — with or without locally sourced bacon.

Crepes et Amis
: Pay homage to global inspiration at Crepes et Amis. Try the Good Morning Paris crepe with brown sugar and ham, or a savory Italian Caprese crepe. Explore sweet options, too, including the Strawberry Cheesecrepe with fresh berries and drizzled Nutella.

La Crepe du Jour Creperie & Cafe
: With French music playing and a Parisian patio setting, experience a taste of Paris in Michigan's Little Bavaria at La Crepe du Jour Creperie & Cafe. Enjoy made-to-order French-style crepes, sweet and savory, along with coffee or espresso.

N’Orlins Beignets & Coffee
/ N’Orlins on Main Street: Bite into flavor from the French Quarter at N’Orlins Beignets & Coffee or N’Orlins on Main Street! Hot and fresh, beignets are fritter-style donuts topped with powdered sugar — perfect with coffee for breakfast, as a midday snack, or dessert after dinner!

Bay City

Step into Water Street Nutrition smoothie & juice bar to discover, down to the carbs & calories, delicious, healthy options! With smoothies, specialty juices, protein shakes (dairy-free, too), and an Energizing Tea Menu — try the Wonder Woman for a “pomegranate liftoff kiwi strawberry tea” or the Oreo Sweet Cream Post-Workout Shake.

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