3 of the Best Places To Enjoy a Cup of Coffee in Wisconsin

Rachel Seis
| October 31, 2023 | 1 Minute Read
Interior of New Moon Cafe shows wall of coffee bean varieties in dispensers

1. Pilcrow Coffee, Milwaukee

Though it may be chilly outside, you won’t regret ordering the cold brew at this coffeehouse. The Milwaukee coffee purveyor won the America’s Best Cold Brew Competition in 2017 and hasn’t looked back, adding an array of new sweet, creamy and even savory flavors to its nitro tap lines.

And yes, they also have plenty of hot coffee, tea and espresso drinks—such as single-origin espresso, a salted caramel latte and hot chocolate on hand. Pilcrow Coffee takes its name from the symbol used to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph, which is reflective of the coffeehouse’s mission of helping you start every day with positive energy and fresh ideas.

2. New Moon Café, Oshkosh

Founded in 1995, this café has been an anchor of downtown Oshkosh by way of its tasty casual cuisine and vast drink menu that features coffee and espresso beverages made with its Moonbeans, which are roasted in-house.

The café has food menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offerings include breakfast scrambles, sandwiches and wraps for lunch and burritos and quesadillas for dinner. It also showcases artwork by local artists and hosts events such as live music, open-mic nights and poetry readings. The café is an ideal place to meet friends or read a good book while enjoying your coffee.

3. Wonderstate Coffee, Viroqua

Viroqua runs on Wonderstate Coffee. Since 2017, this specialty roaster has helped folks in the Driftless Area hub—and far beyond—perk up with its coffee and espresso drinks. Located in a refurbished 1940s gas station, this coffeehouse offers a bright, modern space, including custom woodwork installed by family members of the owner.

Wonderstate Coffee’s commitment to sustainability is apparent through its fully solar-powered roastery, its 5% giving program and its industry-leading minimum price guarantee for farmers. The coffee shop also has locations in Madison and Bayfield, and you can purchase its roasted beans at its stores or online.

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