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Where Can I Find: Coffee Shops

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As part of the Newcomers Issue, City Pulse compiled several lists under the title “Where Can I Find…” These lists are meant as a brief guide for people unfamiliar with Lansing.

Lansing’s coffee scene is bursting at the seams with latte artists, baristas and roasters alike. Big-name roaster Paramount Coffee is headquartered here and hundreds of pounds of beans are freshly roasted each day in the Capital city. It’s done so since 1935. This passion for coffee reverberates through a dedicated community of shops and java connoisseurs alike who demand a fresh cup every morning. Procure your caffeine fix and get it pressed, poured, dripped, pulled and stirred in any of these Lansing fine coffee establishments. Not into the bean? Most of these shops carry an assortment of tea as well. 

Strange Matter Coffee and Bakery

East side

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2010 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 224-5496

Downtown

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, CLOSED Sunday, 337 S. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI (517) 252-2666

strangemattercoffee.com

This upscale minimalist coffee digs features thought-provoking art exhibitions, handmade donuts (gluten-free and vegan options), multi-roasted coffee and seasonal drinks. It also hosts social discussions on current events and evolving topics.

Blue Owl Coffee Co.

REO Town

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1149 S. Washington Ave., Lansing (517) 575-6836

East Lansing

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 213 Ann St., East Lansing, MI (517) 679-6959

www.blueowlcoffee.net

With an emphasis on local music and arts, Blue Owl Coffee has two rustic shops with cold brews on tap, upcycled decor, coffee cocktails and rotating beans from Michigan roasters. It hosts a weekly open mic on Monday nights.

Reputation Beverage Co.

8 a.m. to noon Monday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 800 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI (517) 657-3913, reputationbev.com

On the avante garde side, Reputation Coffee features murals of Clint Eastwood, a vintage video game cove, cultured butter infused drinks, handmade waffles and most coffee brewed through a French press. It also makes kombucha.   

The Urban Cup

7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 2225 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 574-5617, www.facebook.com/theurbancuplansing

With hand-powered espresso presses, The Urban Cup shines as an artisan sliver coffee bar. Owner Robert Flanders is a veteran coffee roaster and makes each cup with his exclusive roasted beans.

The Brew Cafe

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 610 N. Creyts Rd., Lansing (517) 899-1995, thebrewcafe.net

This coffee shop is nestled below a tattoo parlor on Lansing’s westside. It features Sozo’s ethically sourced farm-direct coffee and Great Harvest pastries.

Espresso Royale

Downtown East Lansing

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 527 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 332-5224

Lake Lansing and Coolidge Rd.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 1500 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, MI (517) 203-4314, espressoroyalecoffee.com

Biggby Coffee

More than 30 locations in Greater Lansing

The original Biggby Coffee

6:30 a.m. to midnight Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday, 270 Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 332-1471, www.biggby.com

Chapelure

Hannah Plaza

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 4750 Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing (517) 333-7172

Heights Eastwood

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, CLOSED Monday, 2429 Showtime Dr., Lansing www.chapelureeastwood.com

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