jim-holding-alterraRobyn and I moved to Milwaukee about a year and a half ago. We have been very very impressed! This is a great city! In an attempt to give Milwaukee her props (proper respect) I will occasionally write a post about something great about this city.

I am leading off strong with Alterra Coffee.

Alterra is a local independent coffee shop chain here in Milwaukee. Alterra puts first things first – for a coffee shop that means great coffee drinks. The beans are top quality, and they often have baristas who compete at the national level. In addition to great drinks Alterra offers very good food at reasonable prices. The atmosphere is hip yet comfortable, and it includes great music and free WiFi. The chain also has a sense of social responsibility – most products are organic and fair trade and they use renewable energy sources.

To some it up: – this place is simply amazing. I will go as far as to claim that Alterra is probably the best coffee shop chain in the nation. Now I know that all of the Pete’s Coffee fans will protest this claim, but I dare you to give it a try. Simply fly me out to CO or CA, and I will bring the Alterra coffee beans! You could also visit Milwaukee, or place an order at the site below.

This place is so good that my wife, a native southerner, told me in the middle of winter last year (imagine wind chills at 30 below 0) that we could never move outside of driving distance of an Alterra.

Here is the link: http://alterracoffee.com/