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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Love the location. Can sit for hours outside or inside enjoying your coffee! We generally go there every other weekend.

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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If you are looking for the combination of fine coffee with beautiful vistas in Milwaukee then this is a stop you must make. The properly roasted and brewed coffee and freshly baked treats gives one a reason to pause and watch Lake Michigan in any weather with its panorama of changing scenes sun and rain, snow and ice. Locked onto... More 

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Fedlberg
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fun place to drink coffee! Really good and popular... But don't go on a Sunday in August. It's really crowded than and packed

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usa
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It's Alterra, with a new name, all over town. Great coffee (I don't drink coffee but everyone else comes here for it), tea, scones, breakfast sandwiches, muffins, et al. Keep going. It's warm outside and those tables are available with table service. Now we can bring the dog.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Stopped several times during my time in Milwaukee based on the recommendation of my boyfriend, and I couldn't have been happier with my experiences! The location in an old pump house added a lot of charm to the already beautiful lakefront locale. The coffee was also delicious. They had a good selection of cafe foods, as well as unique t-shirts... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Alterra has excellent coffee. Whenever I am in Milwaukee, I make a special trip just to get as much as I can! The food offered in house is also excellent in quality. Great bakery and deli sandwiches, salads, etc. Staff is always friendly and prompt - and the barista even makes latte art for me! Fun place!

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chicago
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Great place, good food, nice area. Great for people watching & breakfast or lunch before hitting beach or frankly anything.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The coffee is great - I've visited several coffee places, and Alterra always is consistent in flavor, quality and service. One thing I appreciate is they give you your coffee without a lid (sometimes with foam art), which is a nice step toward sustainability (lids available if you want them). This location is in a unique re-purposed building. The exposed... More 

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Nashville
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

There are many other Alterra outposts throughout Milwaukee to get their excellent coffee so there is really no need to wait in a line that can stretch for 20-30 minutes to get that coffee here. The location, as others have said, is unique, but not enough to justify the wait times.

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Nashotah, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is a wonderful adaptive reuse of a a long desserted building. The coffee is always good and the atmosphere is great.

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Address: 1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1377
Phone Number: 414-223-4551
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee

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