I recently told you about the just-opened Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. but I can't believe I haven't written a post about this little gem that's been around for a few years. Astro Coffee is a cozy little shop on Michigan Avenue in Corktown. It's the kind of place where I always feel like I could sit for hours. The furniture is an eclectic mix of recycled or refurbished items with wooden tables and chairs. There are metal stools at the window seat overlooking Michigan Avenue.
In the center of everything is the coffee bar, or what I like to think of as the kitchen. Because when I'm there I really feel like I'm sitting in someone's kitchen, especially when they're cooking or baking. (They have food - cakes, sandwiches, croissants - but not often vegan items. My BFF Katie did have some vegan cake once.) The whole side wall is a chalkboard with the coffees of the day listed with a flavor description. My mom and I went today and we each got a different Ethiopian roast. Hers was a little lighter than mine. Both were fantastic.
They do pour-over coffee so after you order you have to wait a few minutes for your coffee. Although it takes longer and is more expensive than Starbucks, it's a worthwhile treat every once in a while. Plus the atmosphere is way cooler than any Starbucks I've ever been to! I've only had their regular coffees but Brian and Katie love their lattes. And they do latte art - bonus!
If you're looking for a really good cup of coffee or just want to step out of your Starbucks rut, check out Astro Coffee. You're going to love it!
Astro Coffee is located at 2124 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216