Sound Grounds

We review the new Third Ward coffee shop, Kickapoo Cafe.

Sun, when it shows its face, pours through voluminous windows onto the concrete floor at Kickapoo Cafe (232 E. Erie St.). Crumbs from a cinnamon coffeecake spill onto my laptop keyboard. The bench and stool seating is more functional than built for comfort, but is it aesthetically pleasing? And how. From the Amish-made wood counters to the stools, sign and shelving welded by artist Chris Dunn. And the brew bar, a pointy horseshoe, is covered in stripy blue hexagons.

Patrons sipping lattes made with Driftless Dark blend and nibbling biscuits and jam are my favorite diversion from writing this… but more distracting is my cup of Organic Peru Berlin, with its tangy fruit finish. The Third Ward may have Joe aplenty, but the Viroqua, Wis.,-based roaster’s first cafe is sip-worthy.

‘Sound Grounds’ appears in the February 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.