Perhaps it’s weird to say—through true nonetheless—but today on Sprudge we’re checking out a turn-of-the-century coffee company. That’s right, as part our Sprudge Maps Spotlight feature series, we’re turning back the clock to 1999 to check out Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Now nearly a quarter century old, Anodyne has expanded to four cafes across Brew City, all of which have made it through the pandemic thus far, save fore the occasional hiatus. So instead of visiting just one cafe, we’re going to take a stop at all four in a mini tour of the city of Milwaukee with Anodyne as our guide.
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Introduce yourself to our readers—tell us about your cafe!
Born August 1999, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. is a locally owned, small batch roaster proudly working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our aim is to provide an exceptional cup of coffee using just enough technology coupled with the experience of our crew to ensure repeatable results and assured satisfaction with every roast. Over the past 20 years, we’ve expanded into four cafe locations across the city of Milwaukee.
What equipment do you use in your shop?
Which roaster or roasters do you serve?
We roast all of our own coffees on-site at our Walker’s Point location.
What is the neighborhood like where you’re located? What’s some other cool stuff nearby?
Our cafes sit in four unique locations across the city of Milwaukee (Walker’s Point, Bay View, Third Ward, and Wauwatosa). Our Walker’s Point roastery and cafe is surrounded by great food, nightlife and community organizations. Check out Core El Centro for family friendly programs and classes, grab a beer from our neighbors at Indeed Brewing Co, take a haunted tour at the historic Shaker’s Cigar Bar, or taste your way through the rotating vendors at Zocolo food truck park.
Did you close during a mandated Coronavirus shutdown, and if so, for how long?
Our Walker’s Point location closed from March 2020 – July 2021. While the cafe was closed, we continued to roast coffee and run our wholesale business with a small team. Our other locations had to modify service to a pickup model for most of the year.
How has Coronavirus impacted daily work at your cafe?
We’ve adjusted to the new normal and continue to follow local health and safety guidelines so that we can best protect our staff and customers. COVID has taught us all to adapt and think creatively so the business can move forward responsibly while continuing to make great coffee!
What’s something cool or unique about your cafe you want folks to know?
We imported a Stefano Ferrara wood fired pizza oven direct from Naples and create bona fide Pizza Napolitana at our Bay View location. Our roastery in Walker’s Point doubles as a beautiful, historic private event space hosting concerts and wedding receptions. We were recently nominated for Best Venue and Best Sound Engineer for the 2021 Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards!
Is there a community organization or charity you’d like to shout-out as part of this feature?
We’ve enjoyed many community partnerships over the years. A few local organizations we feel lucky to work with:
Photos by Anodyne Coffee, used with permission