Stone Creek Coffee Review for 2024

The guys at Stone Creek Coffee are self-confessed coffee geeks embarking on a never-ending quest to never stop learning in their pursuit of coffee perfection. Big believers in coffee sustainability, Stone Creek Coffee have endeavored to learn as much about the coffee supply chain as possible, which includes visiting their coffee bean farmers in their origin countries to gain a better understanding as to how they can work together from Farm to Cup.

To ensure that each customer receives the very freshest coffee, they roast all of their coffee themselves on their factory site in Milwaukee (which is Algonquin for the “good land”) and distribute this to their own 13 cafe stores as well as other third party organizations including businesses and restaurants.

Their ethos

Consumers are now more curious than ever about the origins of their food, who grows it, and the story behind it. Stone Creek Coffee recognizes that in order to bring their customers the best possible coffee they need to build strong and lasting relationships with the people who grow it, creating transparency with their processes and ensuring that the story and quality of their product are delivered to the final customer, they call this Farm to Cup.

Learning with Stone Creek Coffee

The Stone Creek Coffee brand is about so much more than just selling great coffee, it’s about providing education and transferring valuable coffee-related skills to both their coffee-loving customers and third-party suppliers.

For businesses, Stone Creek Coffee offers a barista training program to ensure that all team members are confident, prepared, and fully coffee educated on how to get the most out of their product.

stone creek barista2

For coffee enthusiast consumers they offer a range of public classes including an Espresso 101 class, A Beginners Guide To Home Brewing, and an Introduction To Latte Art.

stone creek barista

Whether you want to learn to pull a shot on an espresso bar, try your hand at creating a swan out of foam with your home coffee machine, or want to understand how to use a new piece of coffee equipment there’s a public class for you. (Please note that any under 18’s attending a Stone Creek Coffee public class must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or another supervising adult.)

For those wanting to learn more about the history of Stone Creek Coffee, their roasting process and their Farm to Cup ethos then Stone Creek Coffee also offers a completely free public tour of their Factory HQ every Sunday at Noon.

stone creek factory2

Private tours can also be arranged for $100 per group and for those who may not be able to make it down to the tour themselves there’s even a virtual option available online, taking you through their public cafe and into the employee-only production area.

stone creek factory

Enjoying Stone Creek Coffee at Home

For those who can’t get enough of Stone Creek Coffee’s unique in-house blends, their roasts, alongside gift sets and merchandise, are also available to buy online through their store and for very regular coffee drinkers there’s even the option to have 2 pounds of farm to cup coffee delivered straight to your door through their coffee of the month subscription service.

stone creek online

Their Cafes

Stone Creek Coffee maintains a casual and relaxed environment across all of its cafe outlets with the most wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly. In addition to great coffee, all of their cafes also offer home-baked goods such as pastries and cakes which are scratch-baked to ensure quality and freshness.

stone creek baked goods

For those looking for a little more to eat, some of their cafes, such as Downer Cafe & Kitchen, also operate a kitchen service offering coffee-centric comfort food items such as waffles, toasted sandwiches, and coffee yogurt bowls.

stone creek downer

As a growing brand, in addition to its Factory Cafe located at its headquarters, Stone Creek Coffee now has eleven cafes across Milwaukee and one on Belmont Avenue, Chicago.

Photo of author


Nathan is the founder of The Darkest Roast (featured in the NY Times, Yahoo, and Tasting Table). He is a self-taught coffee expert and has tried 100s of coffees from around the world. Nathan's goal is to help you find the best coffee, so you only drink the best.