List: How to Get Your Coffee Fix During the Pandemic

Here are some local coffee shops for you to support.

Need a latte fix, another pound of beans, or just want to patronize your local coffee shop? Yes, yes and yes!

Many Milwaukee cafes are still open for business — for to-go and delivery orders only. Some even continue to carry baked goods, from savory breakfast scones or sweet cinnamon rolls to  – for an afternoon sugar craving  – brownies or cookies.

Be sure to follow social-distancing rules that include standing six feet apart and wearing a mask. Café workers are doing their best to maintain a safe and healthy environment, too, by limiting the number of people inside at one time (bring a jacket: you may need to wait in line outside), sterilizing all countertops and surfaces, and wearing gloves and masks.

Alderaan Coffee

Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Order online and pickup curbside at this East Side café, including drip coffee, hot and iced espresso drinks, iced and hot chai latte, cold-brew coffee, hot chocolate and coffee beans. (1560 N. Water St.)

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company

The Bay View location (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is open, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Saturday, for coffee beans and espresso-drink orders (Monday-Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can order pizza to-go, as well as beans). Order by phone (414-489-0765) or upon arrival. Credit-card payments only. The Walker’s Point Roastery (224 W. Bruce St.) is also open for  pre-pay bean pick-ups Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-noon. Call (414) 276-8081 credit card payments only, no cash. 

*Anodyne opened its Tosa location (7471 Harwood Ave., 414-930-0469) on May 5 with these hours (which may change): Tuesday-Sunday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Rules: 1. Masks are required in the building. 2. A maximum of three customer may be in the building at any one time 3. Everyone enters only on Harwood and exits only out the back door. The alleyway is open for customers to make their way back around to Harwood Ave.

Brewed Cafe

Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. This Brady Street institution accepts to-go orders of coffee, tea and espresso drinks by either calling in advance (414-276-2739) or upon arrival. (1208 E Brady St.) 

Café Blue

Open in East Tosa from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday for take-out. Phone orders for espresso and coffee drinks in ahead of time (414-514-0071) for curbside pickup or take-out. (6428 W. North Ave.)

Canary Coffee Bar

Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Order via the dedicated to-go website for pickup at the Downtown cafe. Options include cappuccino, cortado, hot chocolate, latte, chai, Americano, hot or cold tea, steamer, cold-brew, espresso or drip coffee. (720 N. Old World Third St.)


Two café locations now have pick-up and curbside delivery access – the Riverwest roastery (2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.) and Swan Blvd in Tosa (9125 W. North Ave.). Buy beans, espresso drinks and items from the food menu daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can either place your order at the window on-site or download the Colectivo app which allows you to order and pay and will send you a notification when your order is ready.

Hawthorne Coffee Roasters

Open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Pour-over and cold-brew coffee, plus four different coffees by the pound. Order via this dedicated website for the South Side roaster. (4177 S. Howell Ave.)

HI-FI Café

Open until 4 p.m. daily for carry-out only at the Bay View cafe. Call (414-486-0504) in advance. Beverage options on this online menu include coffee and espresso drinks, plus Thai iced teas and coffees; Rishi hot tea; fruit smoothies; Italian sodas; chai tea; hot chocolate; and a strawberry malt. (2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)


Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Menus at the East Side café are posted on windows and orders (filtered coffee, espresso drinks, Rishi canned botanical teas, cold-brew bottles and Storyteller blend of beans) taken out front. Or order in advance through this dedicated website. Debit, credit, Apple Bay and Venmo only. (1600 N. Jackson St.)

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters

Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This Wisconsin roaster’s Milwaukee café (in the Third Ward) takes orders online for pick-up. Choices include coffee (Nitro cold brew from Company Brewing, or pour-over or drip) and espresso drinks, plus coffee beans and signature drinks like Coming Up Roses (sweet rose water, cardamom, cinnamon and beet powder-infused milk with espresso).  (232 E. Erie St.)

Pilcrow Coffee Roasters

The roaster’s café (on Martin Luther King Drive) may be temporarily closed but, in the meantime, coffee beans as well as coffee and espresso drinks can be picked up at Crossroads Collective on the East Side (2238 N. Farwell Ave.). Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Place orders for drip coffee, latte, Nitro cold brew, hot chocolate or chai latte online first, via this menu

Sprocket Café

Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. You can no longer score a cool find at the adjacent antiques nook but the café in Bay View is open for carry out and delivery of coffee and espresso drinks. Phone first: 414-539-4040. (3385 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)

Stone Creek Coffee

In the first week of May, Stone Creek Coffee “reopened” its Downer Avenue location (2650 N.) to customers who order online and through the shop’s mobile phone app. Pickup is at the Downer to-go window. That’s everything from beans to hot and cold coffee drinks and teas. You can order beans on their website with free shipping.

The National Café

Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A roster of coffee, tea and espresso drinks along with a rotating “Hot Mess” food menu can be picked up at the Walker’s Point café. Order online or phone it in (414-431-6551). (839 W. National Ave.)

Valentine Coffee Roasters

Both the Oak Creek and Vliet Street cafes are open for take-out only (coffee and espresso drinks, plus coffee beans), with Oak Creek open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and Vliet Street 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. (5918 W. Vliet St.; 7981 S. Sixth St., Oak Creek)



A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine),, and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.