Populace Coffee

 


 

Whether you're sipping slowly on the artisan craft of our inventive local roasters or the stuff in your cup was specially brewed from leaves grown on and flown in from an organic tea farm on the opposite side of the globe, one thing's for certain — drinking coffee and tea is a transformative and tranquil experience here in the Great Lakes Bay. 

 


 

And, from an unassuming roaster named Michigan's best by Food & Wine to a coffee emporium with nearly every inch of space covered by The Beatles memorabilia — our coffee shops and tea lounges are as authentic and original as the sips you'll find artfully brewed inside. So, come on in, order up a cup of the good stuff, and stay awhile.

 

Coffee Shops

 

Populace Coffee (Bay City) Named best roaster in Michigan by Food & Wine's "The Best Coffee in Every State". Visit their flagship Bay City shop to warm up with seasonal sips like The Gingy (house-made gingerbread syrup, espresso, and oat milk) or The Grinch (house-made peppermint syrup, matcha, and dairy, topped with a dusting of crushed candy canes). Watch for everything from yoga classes to pop-up shops and short film series to fill this gorgeous, brick-lined cafe with like-minded coffee lovers!

Harless + Hugh Coffee (Bay City) Hand-poured coffee, tea, and specialty drinks infused with house-made syrups — crafted in a simple, but striking shop. Unwind, cup in-hand, on a sofa near the fireplace or head to the heated, outdoor igloo — with strands of bistro lights strung overhead and cozy throw blankets to cuddle up with inside! Here, you can sip on a Hansel + Gretel (house-made gingerbread caramel latte), house specials like the Golden Milk Latte (a sweet and spiced turmeric ginger latte that'll warm you to the bone), or a simple cup made from the finest beans roasted by Blk Market Coffee and Parlor Coffee.

Live Oak Coffeehouse (Midland, Bay City) Locally roasted, seasonally rotating specialty coffees and handcrafted beverages built with house-made syrups, served up in two gorgeously curated spaces — one in Midtown Midland and the other in Uptown Bay City. Sip on drip coffee from local Midland roaster, Creation Coffee, grab a latte or a warm macchiato, or even order up some Artisan Toast and a Kombucha Mocktail for brunch!

The Loch Coffee Company (Midland) Artisanal coffee from Ponder Coffee Company, organic-certified, loose-leaf Rishi Tea, and specialty sodas and kombucha are only the beginning of this Midland gem — "serving the finest brew to the finest folk." Made-to-order waffles and made-in-house bagels — enjoy it all with nitro coffee on tap or an inventive drink like The Forest Fire, a smoked rosemary-caramel mocha!

Espresso Express Coffee House Presents Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium (Bay City) Cash-only coffee house dripping in The Beatles memorabilia — offering a magical, musical sanctuary and the delicious brews to sip on while you take it all in. Look up at over 5,000 45s that line the ceiling and all around at thousands of unique pieces — vintage and new, collected and crafted — that pay tribute to the "Fab Four".

City Grind (Bay City) Nestled inside Downtown Bay City's bustling City Market, don't miss this shop specializing in high-quality coffee, americanos, espressos, lattes, and frappes — all made with beans sourced from local Midland roaster, Creation Coffee.

dawn of a new day coffeehouse & cafe (Saginaw) Downtown Saginaw cafe serving fair-trade, organic coffee in an inviting atmosphere, with walls lined by the work of local artists. Try favorites like the Blended Almond Latte or Spiced Chai Latte!

Red Eye (Saginaw) Cozy, brick-lined community coffee shop loved by locals, hosting everything from live music to poetry readings and art exhibitions. Five drip coffees daily, plus drinks from mochas to lattes — made with your choice of 30+ Torani syrups and drop-in Ghirardelli chocolates on request!

Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery (Frankenmuth) Main Street Frankenmuth go-to, featuring everything from classic cups to signature and seasonal lattes. Try the Ice Crunch Latte with marshmallow and English toffee, or the Bavarian Breve with German chocolate, espresso, and steamed half-and-half.

Coffee Chaos (Midland) Specialty coffee house offering everything from mochas and lattes to espresso — even organic teas. Try the Chaos Mocha with white chocolate, swirls of caramel, steamed milk, and espresso, and pair with a muffin or scone.

Espresso Milano (Midland) Small, intimate shop celebrating over 26 years, with seasonal favorites like the Pumpkin Patch Latte or The Nutty Loco Mocha.

The Coffee Grounds Shoppe (Midland) Stop into this local shop for an Eggnog or Gingerbread Latte, and enjoy it alongside a Cranberry Orange or Cinnamon Scone!

 

Tea Lounges + Tea Houses

 

Grove Tea Lounge (Midland) Stunning, mid-century modern lounge where you can sip from an elaborate menu of hot or iced loose-leaf teas. Come in for a Matcha Latte made with leaves grown on an organic tea farm in Japan, or try other favorites like the London Fog Tea Latte — made with organic Earl Grey Tea, house-made lavender syrup, and your choice of steamed dairy, oat, soy, almond, or coconut milk! Made-fresh-daily treats like the Earl Grey Blackberry White Chocolate Scone (or the irresistible, savory Gruyere Bacon Scone) make this the perfect place to cozy in for a cup!

Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens of Saginaw (Saginaw) Not your typical tea-drinking experience, take tea during a Traditional Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) inside one of North America's most authentic tea houses — offered the second Saturday of each month.

 

Uncommon Cafes + Creperies

 

Whiting Forest Cafe (Midland) Walls of windows for days open up the sight-lines of this cafe to the breathtaking forest it overlooks — where the nation's longest canopy walk winds through a sea of trees. Snag a spot on the couch near the floor-to-ceiling, stone-clad fireplace and warm up with seasonal sips like the Peppermint Mocha or Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. Before you leave, grab a to-go bag of Whiting Forest House Blend — featuring hints of vanilla, caramel, and nougat — crafted by local Midland roaster, Creation Coffee!

Cafe Zinc (Midland) Modern, 40-seat bistro with an in-house French pastry chef. Choose baked-fresh-daily breads, scones, and assorted pastries from the beautiful display case and enjoy near the roaring fire alongside your coffee or tea. Afterward, order anything from the Gravlax Benedict (grilled asparagus, poached egg, and béarnaise sauce on ciabatta toast) to Nutella Crepes (with strawberry rhubarb compote and whipped mascarpone).

Dig Cafe (Frankenmuth) Farm-to-table cafe highlighting organic ingredients in dishes like The Green Goat — Idyll Pastures Fennel Pollen goat cheese with avocado mash, spice mix, and greens on toasted artisan bread! Try it alongside your choice of organic drip coffees and hot or iced teas, or enjoy their daily lineup of organic, cold-pressed juices!

Honey B's Eatery (Frankenmuth) Delightful cafe serving up scratch-made, sustainable food. Try an inventive hash like Chorizo + Brussels or Quinoa + Cauliflower, watch the ever-changing Off the Menu Board, and sip from a hot tea selection or your choice of daily dark or medium roast.

La Crepe du Jour Creperie & Cafe (Frankenmuth) Parisian-inspired creperie serving both sweet and savory street-style crepes alongside coffee, espresso shots, lattes, mochas, and more. Try the Caramel or Raspberry Truffle Latte with a favorite crepe like the sweet Banana Nutella or the savory Mediterranean!

Crepes et Amis (Midland) Sweet and savory, fresh-to-order crepes — paired with nearly two dozen coffees and specialty lattes! Try favorites like the Chai or Green Tea Latte, and enjoy with a S'more dessert crepe featuring marshmallow, Nutella, and graham cracker crumble!

N'Orlins Beignets & Coffee (Frankenmuth) Louisiana-style beignets made fresh and served piping hot with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. Pair this perfect Southern treat with a cup of their signature Big Easy Blend and enjoy every last ounce of deliciousness!