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Door County's Coffee House Scene


You’ve finally arrived in Door County and have a long list of activities lined up for the weekend. The local coffee scene will be sure that you cover all that ground with a skip in your step.

Local baristas have taken the coffee industry to new heights, roasting beans in house and serving up unique creations or just a tasty cup of joe.

In Door County you won’t find chain coffee shops on every corner, but independently owned shops making fresh bakery and sandwiches, where your barista is often the owner. Each has its own flavor, ambiance, and crowd.

Whether you need a morning jolt, an afternoon pick-me-up, a stop between activities, or a meeting spot for a special get-together, Door County has the coffee shop for you.

For a Relaxing Morning Cup

Grab the local newspaper or that book you took on vacation and set up shop at A Little Bit of Coffee in Jacksonport overlooking the water or Buttercups Coffee in Egg Harbor. These quaint spots are a great way to wake up in the morning to start your day.

Mid-Day Pick-Me-Up

Two women enjoy a coffee break at an outdoor table outside a coffee shop.

On your way between hikes, shopping, galleries or theater, grab a quick cup of hot coffee at Kick Coffee in downtown Sturgeon Bay or the Chocolate Chicken in Egg Harbor. These shops will ensure you don’t skip a beat in your full day of Door County activities.

In Baileys Harbor, swing into Bearded Heart Coffee, where you’re bound to run into locals stopping in for a refuel or quick bite. 

Roasted In House

Many coffee houses in Door County roast their beans right there on site. None are as widespread as Door County Coffee & Tea in Carlsville. The family-owned artisan coffee roaster serves much of the coffee you’ll find at coffee houses across the county. If you enjoy their cup enough, order your own bag and have it shipped anywhere.

Coffee Terms Explained

Americano: A shot of espresso diluted with hot water.

Cappuccino: An espresso shot combined with foamed steamed milk.

Cold Brew: Coffee grounds steeped in cold water for about 12 hours, then strained to make a concentrate that’s used for iced coffee and cut with milk or water.

Cortado: Espresso topped with flat steamed milk.

Latte: Espresso with steamed milk.

Macchiato: Espresso topped with a dab of foamed steamed milk.

Mocha: Espresso mixed with chocolate syrup and steamed milk.

Red eye: A cup of brewed coffee with espresso.

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