Lake Superior Java Journey - Lake Superior Circle Tour

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Lake Superior Java Journey

The Lake Superior Java Journey is now offering an aromatic experience around the entire lake to delight your senses along the way. This is perfect for all our coffee lovers circling the lake. Whether you take it black, sweet, hot, or iced these coffee shops will be sure to have what you are looking for. If you are taking on the journey of the Lake Superior Circle Tour let us put that pep in your step with our wonderful Java Journey.

The Java Journey lists coffee houses around Lake Superior including their locations and contact information. These businesses put an emphasis on quality, flavor, and atmosphere. The Java Journey can be found within the Lake Superior Circle Tour Adventure Guide or can be downloaded on its own.

Travelling around the Lake has so much to offer. Not only can you see the most beautiful sights but now you can taste the essence of the northern atmosphere through these amazing coffee houses. Each location is unique in its own right and each of them have different offerings. For those looking for something a little stronger between Java Journey stops we recommend the Lake Superior Ale Trail. Pairing both the Ale Trail and Java Journey together will create a trip of a life time that will not be forgotten.

The Java Journey is a great way for you to connect with Lake Superior and the community members that live along it. You will be sure to meet interesting people, learn about the region, and connect with the locals.

The Lake Superior Java Journey is made up of businesses that come together each year as a collective within the Lake Superior Circle Tour Adventure Guide.

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1. Superior Café

Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Superior Café is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - home to the busiest canal in the world. They offer an extensive menu of drinks made with there own coffee beans from the Superior Coffee Roasting Company. Enjoy a sweet treat and a bagel sandwich to accompany your beverage and take a seat inside or out. You can even get your order to go and take a stroll up the block to Sault Locks Park and watch as freighters go by.

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2. Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore

Munising, MI
Conveniently located in downtown Munising you’ll find what you’re looking for to jump start your day at the Falling Rock Café & Bookstore. Each batch of coffee is roasted by hand and fresh brewed using custom Great Lake Coffee Company beans. There is also gourmet tea and delicious homemade food to indulge in. Thousands of books, local art exhibits and gifts allow you to immerse yourself into a compelling story and the local culture while you satisfy your caffeine craving..

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3. Dead River Coffee

Marquette, MI
Marquette is an active city nestled between Lake Superior and the undulating hills of the Upper Peninsula. It is a picturesque setting for an excellent coffee shop. Dead River Coffee offers a unique and comfortable atmosphere coupled with friendly service that makes you feel at home. The beans are ground and brewed fresh delivering a rich and delicious coffee experience with every cup. Whether you are seeking a great cup of coffee for the road or a relaxing spot to savor and play a round of cribbage, this coffee shop is one that should not be missed.

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4. Little Cabin Café @ Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

Copper Harbor, MI
Situated at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, it is the ideal place to fuel your morning adventures. Start with your choice of roast coffee, flavored latte, cappuccino, espresso, or Americano. Begin your day the right way with a breakfast burrito or bowl and grab snack for the road. The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is located on a 177 acre property surrounded by wilderness.  The resort and surrounding area offers a multitude of outdoor activities, including golf, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, frisbee golf, sea kayaking for the summer, and snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter.

5. Keweenaw Coffee Works

Calumet, MI
A micro coffee roastery that offers high-quality small-batch specialty coffee across the Midwest, while proudly celebrating the natural and cultural beauty of their home in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. A cozy cafe in Calumet, where they serve delicious food and beverages, as well as sell their coffee beans and gear. They also have a mobile app that allows customers to order online and get rewards. They are passionate about sustainability and community, and they support local farmers and artisans. Visit their website where they share tips and recipes on their blog, such as how to recycle and reuse coffee grounds, or how to make nisu, a traditional Finnish sweet bread. Keweenaw Coffee Works is more than just a coffee company, it is a social enterprise that aims to enrich the lives of their customers and their environment.

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6. The Sandbar

Ashland, WI
Ashland is tucked away in the heart of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. The Bay’s name is derived from the Ojibwe word chagaouamigoung, meaning “at the sand bar”, so what better name could there be for this restaurant? The Sand Bar is located at the unique and scenic Blue Wave Inn right on the shoreline. They offer delectable house roasted coffee, refreshing drinks, and fresh food with an unforgettable view.

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7. North Coast Coffee

Washburn, WI
Located in downtown Washburn, North Coast Coffee is a charming and cozy coffee shop that offers freshly ground beans for every pot of coffee and each espresso they make. Go through their convenient drive-through for java on the go, or stay a while in a comfy chair with a fresh made sandwich or pastry. Whether you’re in the mood for a tried and true cup of coffee, flavored Latte, hot tea or cold brew, there is something on the menu to satiate your thirst. They even have year round ice cream! You can’t go wrong here.

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8. Duluth Coffee Company

Duluth, MN
The Duluth Coffee Company is must stop while in this port town. The environment has a hip and comfortable vibe. Their beans are acquired from the best around the globe and ground fresh right in front you. The extensive menu and blends offers something for any coffee lover accompanied by delicious pastries. Grab a cup to go and take a stroll along the near by Lake Walk. Purchase some of their blends to bring home with you to enjoy even after your Lake Superior Circle Tour journey is over.

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9. Cedar Coffee Company

Two Harbors, MN
Two Harbors is a bustling harbor community with miles of scenic trails. The Cedar Coffee Company is a one stop shop for the coffee, cycling and outdoor enthusiast. Under the same roof of this coffee shop you can also rent or repair a bike and pick up some custom cycling packs. There is a wide range of caffeinated delights on the menu and a mouth watering breakfast and lunch menu. It is the perfect place to fuel your cycling adventure.

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10. Java Moose

Grand Marais, MN
Get your espresso right on the harbor at Java Moose. Renowned for excellent, friendly service, picturesque Lake Superior views and even better coffee, this is an ideal stop on your Java Journey. There is an extensive drink menu to suit anyone's tastes as well as tasty baking and breakfast options. You'll want to stop and savor the moment with your Java Moose coffee and peaceful views in Grand Marais.

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11. Up Shot Coffeehouse

Thunder Bay, ON
Up Shot Coffeehouse offers a fun and fresh community minded setting. They utilize locally handcrafted, smoked and roasted beans from Wolfhead Coffee for their flavorful beverages. On top of the exceptional coffee, you can indulge in artisanal pastries and quality lunch options made fresh daily. Whether you need a quick morning pick me up to go or a leisurely place to sit and enjoy, you definitely can’t go wrong here.

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12. Silver Islet General Store

Silver Islet, ON
Inside the General Store you can visit the Tea Room for a piece of homemade pie or a light meal. Explore the building’s rich history and browse locally made gifts. Don’t forget to enjoy an ice cream in one of your favorite flavors! The General Store was built in 1871 and has long been a staple and historical landmark of this mining community. It is the oldest business in Northwestern Ontario. Their living museum features items/artifacts from the original silver mine, the General Store, along with information panels detailing the history of each. See displays with original miners helmets with candles, mine supervisor log books, clothing, boots, books and journals from 1871-1910, and letters of correspondence between Alexander Sibley and the US mining company.

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13. Queen's Tarts

Sault Ste Marie, ON
The specialty coffee at the Queen’s Tarts is their own blend and roasted on site for a fresh satisfying cup every time. Though an incredible cup of coffee isn’t the only reason to visit. Butter tarts, the quintessential Canadian treat, are the foundation of this café. They’ve truly perfected this classic dessert and are consistently coming out with new fun flavor twists. Also try other baked goods and lunch menu items, all handmade, in house, using quality ingredients. Get the royal treatment at the Queen’s tarts.

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