7 HIDDEN AND UNDERRATED MILWAUKEE-AREA COFFEE SHOPS

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Nearly every caffeine junkie in the Milwaukee area has sipped a latte at a Colectivo, imbibed a dark roast at Stone Creek Coffee, and drank a Starbucks Frappuccino that could put them in a sugar coma.

1. Amaranth Bakery and Cafe (3329 W. Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee)

Amaranth, which takes its name from a South American plant, is located in the city’s Walnut Hill neighborhood. Owners and husband and wife David Boucher and Stephanie Shipley bake artisan breads and pastries, such as rye bread, custard and fruit tarts, and cardamom rolls.

On a recent visit to the cafe, menu items included New England fish chowder, ham, cheese and greens quiche, a roasted eggplant and pesto sandwich, and tabbouleh salad. Boucher says menu items change daily, and customers can view them on their Facebook page.

Amaranth occupies a former tavern built in 1906, says Boucher. Stained-glass art hangs in the windows, while old-fashioned light fixtures, an embossed tin ceiling, and posters and biographies of Milwaukeeans making a difference in their communities successfully blend the old with the new. A display with a sign that reads “Made by Women Survivors” features hand-made soaps, candles, and lotions for sale.

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