Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an interview with Ryan Mason, who owns and manages one of the better espresso shops in the greater Milwaukee area, ROAST, Inc.: JS Online:He knows beans about a fresh cup of coffee. (Ignore the fact that the article calls his place “Roast Coffee Co.”)

While ROAST, Inc. … well? … doesn’t, the Milwaukee, WI quality coffee scene does boast a couple of notable local roasters, including Alterra Coffee (who also runs a small chain of cafés) and Anodyne Coffee (formerly Brewed Awakenings). Other notable cafés in town include Moondance Coffee and the Rochambo Coffee & Tea House.

In late January, mkeonline.com published a pretty decent mini-guide to coffee in the city, including an article that compiled specs on dozens of local coffee shops: The coffee joints. There’s even a handy PDF quick guide.

UPDATE: June 18. 2007
The Milwaukee specialty coffee scene now even has its own blog: Milwaukee Specialty Coffee.

UPDATE: Oct, 7, 2008
Readers of OnMilwaukee.com were polled for their favorite coffee spots in town for 2008, and Alterra earned the great majority of votes: OnMilwaukee.com Dining: Milwaukees best coffee shop/café, 2008: Alterra.