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12 Vital Detroit Iced Coffee Destinations

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Trying to get through the sweltering, sticky, humid Detroit summer is an exercise in patience. Knowledge of the nearest oscillating fan, the next air conditioned room, the next ice cream shop is vital. During times like these a hot morning caffeine jolt simply won't do. That's when iced coffee comes into play. There's something about a cup of iced joe condensating on a hot day. Whether it's cold brewed, poured over ice, or served frothy from a nitro tap, here are some of the best places to chill out with cold coffee around metro Detroit.

Did we overlook your favorite iced coffee chill out spot? Let us know where you're getting your fix on these hot days in the comments down below, on Facebook, Twitter, or at the tipline. Note: Locations are organized geographically and never ranked. Eater Detroit focuses on the city proper, nearby suburbs, and occasionally elsewhere in Southeast Michigan.

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Anthology Coffee

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Available by the glass or in the bottle, Anthology’s iced coffee (not cold brew) is in a class of its own, served up by crew of knowledgeable baristas. Sourced and roasted in house, it doesn’t get fresher than this.

Astro Coffee

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Is it any surprise this Corktown mainstay makes a great glass of iced coffee? From cold brews to iced pour overs, the chilled varieties follow suit with the rest of their high quality coffees. International options like a Kieni Kenyan coffee served up in mason jars are perfect for those hot summer afternoons.

Atomic Coffee

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This Royal Oak cafe serves up a variety of coffees including nitro cold brew. A variety of themed signature drinks are available, such as the Honey Bear, which combines honey vanilla syrup and cream. Velvety smooth and not-too-sweet, perfect for scorching heat.

Chazzano Coffee Roasters

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This Ferndale cafe serves up cold brew coffee in a uncommon way: in the form of soda. The Brooklyn Born coffee soda is full of flavor but free of sugar, preservatives and additives. On top of that, it’s kosher. Other cold combinations like iced lattes and cold brew are also available.

Drifter Coffee

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It’s hard not to smile when you see Drifter’s bright blue, vintage trailer pulling up to summer festivals and markets. Serving up Hyperion Coffee, based out of Ypsilanti, the iced coffee is delicious on its own, but even better with the addition of homemade syrups.

DROUGHT

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It doesn’t get much better than cold brew on-the-go. The powerhouses behind Drought teamed up with Chazzano to bottle the company's cold brew and distribute it at shops across town. The bottles are available at a variety of metro Detroit locations — but get there early, bottles sell out fast.

Great Lakes Coffee

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Great Lakes is a trusted name in the metro Detroit coffee scene, so of course their nitro brew is a safe bet. Like any good nitro, it is smooth, velvety, and easy to drink. Can’t make it into the cafe? No worries. It’s available by the bottle at a variety of retailers.

The Daily Dinette

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It’s easy to enjoy a nitro cold brew coffee at this Ferndale diner. The shop opens early and keeps the presses running late. Pair the chilled, frothy brew with one of the restaurant's many delicious housemade doughnuts for an easy morning (or evening) treat.

Urban Bean Coffee

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With great iced brews made with Great Lakes Coffee Co. beans, good music, and a wonderfully retro interior, this Capitol Park joint is sure to become a favorite downtown getaway. Other cold specialities like iced Mexican hot chocolate are also available.

The Red Hook Detroit

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With bottled Stumptown cold brew, chilled lattes, and nitro on tap in Ferndale and by the can in Detroit, Red Hook is your cold coffee destination. Made with cold-pressed beans, it is smooth and barely bitter, and pairs perfectly with the cafe's variety of Pinwheel Bakery pastries.

Avalon Bakery

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Avalon International Breads and its outlets across town serve up classic house-brewed iced coffee alongside the company's legendary pastries and baked goods.

Commonwealth

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This Birmingham restaurant and cafe bottles its own specialty cold brew so you can chill out in-house or on the go. Iced lattes, chais, and other essential summer sippers are also available.

Anthology Coffee

Available by the glass or in the bottle, Anthology’s iced coffee (not cold brew) is in a class of its own, served up by crew of knowledgeable baristas. Sourced and roasted in house, it doesn’t get fresher than this.

Astro Coffee

Is it any surprise this Corktown mainstay makes a great glass of iced coffee? From cold brews to iced pour overs, the chilled varieties follow suit with the rest of their high quality coffees. International options like a Kieni Kenyan coffee served up in mason jars are perfect for those hot summer afternoons.

Atomic Coffee

This Royal Oak cafe serves up a variety of coffees including nitro cold brew. A variety of themed signature drinks are available, such as the Honey Bear, which combines honey vanilla syrup and cream. Velvety smooth and not-too-sweet, perfect for scorching heat.

Chazzano Coffee Roasters

This Ferndale cafe serves up cold brew coffee in a uncommon way: in the form of soda. The Brooklyn Born coffee soda is full of flavor but free of sugar, preservatives and additives. On top of that, it’s kosher. Other cold combinations like iced lattes and cold brew are also available.

Drifter Coffee

It’s hard not to smile when you see Drifter’s bright blue, vintage trailer pulling up to summer festivals and markets. Serving up Hyperion Coffee, based out of Ypsilanti, the iced coffee is delicious on its own, but even better with the addition of homemade syrups.

DROUGHT

It doesn’t get much better than cold brew on-the-go. The powerhouses behind Drought teamed up with Chazzano to bottle the company's cold brew and distribute it at shops across town. The bottles are available at a variety of metro Detroit locations — but get there early, bottles sell out fast.

Great Lakes Coffee

Great Lakes is a trusted name in the metro Detroit coffee scene, so of course their nitro brew is a safe bet. Like any good nitro, it is smooth, velvety, and easy to drink. Can’t make it into the cafe? No worries. It’s available by the bottle at a variety of retailers.

The Daily Dinette

It’s easy to enjoy a nitro cold brew coffee at this Ferndale diner. The shop opens early and keeps the presses running late. Pair the chilled, frothy brew with one of the restaurant's many delicious housemade doughnuts for an easy morning (or evening) treat.

Urban Bean Coffee

With great iced brews made with Great Lakes Coffee Co. beans, good music, and a wonderfully retro interior, this Capitol Park joint is sure to become a favorite downtown getaway. Other cold specialities like iced Mexican hot chocolate are also available.

The Red Hook Detroit

With bottled Stumptown cold brew, chilled lattes, and nitro on tap in Ferndale and by the can in Detroit, Red Hook is your cold coffee destination. Made with cold-pressed beans, it is smooth and barely bitter, and pairs perfectly with the cafe's variety of Pinwheel Bakery pastries.

Avalon Bakery

Avalon International Breads and its outlets across town serve up classic house-brewed iced coffee alongside the company's legendary pastries and baked goods.

Commonwealth

This Birmingham restaurant and cafe bottles its own specialty cold brew so you can chill out in-house or on the go. Iced lattes, chais, and other essential summer sippers are also available.

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