In January, we told you about 10 warm drinks to enjoy on cold winter days in Grand Rapids, and you responded via the Experience Grand Rapids Facebook page with even more suggestions for local drinks that will provide a sense of comfort and warmth during chilly weather. Thanks to your recommendations, here are six more warming drinks to enjoy in Grand Rapids.
Mayan Mocha – Mayan Buzz Café
Mayan Buzz Café is best known for the Mayan Mocha, which is considered a warm drink not just because of its temperature. The Mayan Mocha is a smooth and sweet, yet spicy blend of two shots of Guatemalan-based espresso, Ghirardelli dark chocolate, chili pepper and velvety milk, all topped with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. For non-coffee lovers, the Mayan Mocha is also offered as a hot chocolate, sans the espresso, with whip cream added. If that description doesn't tickle your tastebuds, take the word of Mary Rose, co-owner of Mayan Buzz Café. "Some customers start with this drink and never try anything else because they love it so much," she said. Mayan Buzz Café is also open 24 hours, so the Mayan Mocha can be yours day or night.
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Lots of Lattes – Little Lucy's Café
What could be better than one flavored latte option at a local coffee shop? How about six flavored lattes? Little Lucy's Café offers a variety of standard flavors for lattes on the menu, including mocha, vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, salted caramel and raspberry, with sugar free options available for mocha, vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. All lattes at this Creston neighborhood family-owned café are crafted with the Espresso Classic blend from Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., and blended with your milk preference of either whole, 2 percent, skim, half and half, coconut, soy, or almond. Little Lucy's also offers breakfast, lunch and baked goods every day, which makes it the perfect location to cozy up with a warm cup of Joe on a chilly Michigan winter's day.
Photo courtesy Little Lucy's Café
Lavender Latte – Le Bon Macaron
The Lavender Latte is the most popular drink at Le Bon Macaron, and it's a no-brainer why. The hand-crafted lavender syrup and velvety steamed milk blended delicately with espresso from Rowster New American Coffee make the Lavender Latte a year-round menu favorite. Le Bon Macaron's Cherry Street location offers more than coffee and espresso. Their delicious macarons consist of a rich buttercream filling sandwiched between two crunchy shells of flavors like the signature salted caramel or cake batter. Along with a Lavender Latte and tasty macaron, Le Bon Macaron offers fresh croissants daily from Field & Fire Cafe, Palazzolo's Artisan Gelato and French and Italian sodas made with hand-crafted fruit purée.
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Vanilla-Rose Latté, aka "I Like You a Latté" – PaLatté Coffee & Art
PaLatte Coffee & Art's vanilla-rose latte, also known as the "I Like You a Latté" throughout the month of February, provides a combination of warm vanilla and herbal rose flavors in a chocolatey direct-trade classic espresso. All of Palatté's coffee is roasted in small batches by Uncommon Coffee Roasters. Palatté also offers a wide variety of flavors and handmade beverages in an environment surrounded by a wide range of local artwork to look at while you're sipping on a pour over or latte. This family owned business believes in the power of supporting local coffee and local artwork, which is why you can sip your latte while surrounded by a variety of artwork by local artists.
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Cafe Miele – Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge
If you're searching for a warming drink that's sweet with a little extra kick with each sip, cozy up at Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge with the Cafe Miele. Artfully blending espresso, steamed milk, honey and cinnamon, this latte is not only warm, but also smooth and soothing. It's the perfect drink to sit in a big comfy chair and sip while watching the world go by on a cold day in Grand Rapids. And don't forget, for an added pinch of sweetness, each beverage ordered at Lantern Coffee is accompanied by an animal cracker companion that's sure to put a smile on your face.
Photo courtesy of Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge
Turkish Coffee – Marie Catrib's
A pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, Marie Catrib's is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and deli that offers not only a variety of vegan and gluten-free selections, but also Turkish Coffee that many of you recommended as a favorite warm beverage in Grand Rapids. Barista's at Marie Catrib's begin crafting the Turkish Coffee by utilizing an extremely fine ground of a house blend coffee from Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. Added to the brewed beverage is a pinch of both cardamom and sugar to create a strong and aromatic scent that rises from the herbal and citrusy character of the Turkish Coffee.
Photo courtesy Marie Catrib's
As you can see, beer isn't the only beverage lovingly crafted in Grand Rapids. Check out this guide to area coffee shops, cafes and roasters and let us know what your favorite warming drink is in the comments below.