Colectivo Coffee

Colectivo Coffee

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Bakery$$$$
  • This place is famous for their coffee. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Jessica J.
    "Love walking by the lake and stopping here for a mocha shake!"(5 Tips)
    Mallory O.
    "Chai shake hits the spot on a hot summer day."(5 Tips)
    Nick B.
    "One of the best places to sit outside and drink coffee in Milwaukee!"(3 Tips)
    Donna J.
    "Located in the old water tower, this place is really interesting."(3 Tips)
145 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • scenic views
  • outdoor seating
  • chai
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  • Upasana M.
    Upasana MathurApril 16, 2016
    Their cream cheese brownie is to die for.Also, mocha is a safe bet.Overall, nice ambience and awesome location - lake view!Both indoor and outdoor seating.Just try going there a bit earlier than 7/8pm
  • Mary D.
    Mary DeLaatApril 12, 2012
    The perfect place to go on a nice spring or summer day in Milwaukee! Grab your favorite drink, sit outside and people watch and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
  • Anna H.
    Anna HenningsSeptember 29, 2014
    They use the best almond milk here: Pacific's Barista-Series! Same for soy, too, but try the almond in a latte. I don't usually like almond-milk lattes, but with this milk, they're better than soy!
  • Liz S.
    Liz SiepmannMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A favorite spot for students in Milwaukee! A great place to walk to from any college campus. Try the baked oatmeal if you're in the mood for a tasty breakfast- this treat even includes seasonal fruit! Read more
  • Jabril F.
    Jabril FarajMay 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    LOVE the spot but you have to pay for Internet. This location is the Alterra equivalent of downtown parking. Get em in, get em good and get em out.
  • Carissa
    CarissaOctober 3, 2012
    Alterra has the best coffee in Milwaukee. Go sit out on their patio to feel the true Milwaukee vibe. Fall is the best time to get a cup of coffee and relax at Alterra.
  • travelpology
    travelpologySeptember 14, 2011
    My favorite coffee shop, and this is their best location. Sit outside for a view of Lake Michigan and a Terrace Chair seat (only found at UW-Madison's Memorial Union) for breakfast or lunch.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SwensonMarch 27, 2012
    Located along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan, Alterra serves some of the area's best coffee with the best outdoor patio. Stop and enjoy a smoothie outside and watch the lake activity around you.
  • Jimmy T.
    Jimmy T.January 18, 2014
    Great coffee, wifi is free again (good decision!), awesome location. Smoked Salmon on sourdough or a bagel is great. Cheesecake brownie is also amazing.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica McCoyJuly 19, 2012
    Gorgeous location near the park and lake. Lots of outside seating, your average Alterra menu. Can be crowded and loud, but has a lot of seating. Free wi-fi until noon and plenty of outlets.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RosaNovember 1, 2012
    Sit up top overlooking the whole place and the awesome view. Best seat in the house! I never want to leave, but have to due to their 90 minutes parking policy. Boo!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioOctober 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's gotten crowded on weekends but c'mon, this is the best coffee and the best view for it in the city. Built within an old water treatment facility.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 19, 2015
    Cute little spot! Just be warned: they make their breakfast sandwiches off site (possibly more third, didn't ask) so they won't be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor SmithNovember 17, 2013
    This is the best place in town to get a cup of coffee. You can sit outside with a view of the lake and bring your dog.
  • Shion G.
    Shion GuhaJune 12, 2016
    Excellent place to sit and work outside on a sunny day, watch people, the lake with some delicious cold brew.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KrenSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great views and a perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. Try the cheesecake brownie, you won't be disappointed!
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonSeptember 24, 2011
    this great old water pumping station has been converted to a coffee shop/bakery/restaurant - near Lake Michigan with outdoor seating - bike path accessible
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 16, 2016
    There's ample amount of outdoor seating. Very dog friendly. The baked oatmeal with Greek yogurt is a must.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BiebertFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a secret room here. I'd tell you how to get there, but then I'd have to kill you. Top secret.
  • Kathy B.
    Kathy Bohn, MKE RealtorSeptember 2, 2015
    Great location across from Milwaukee Marina and Lake Michigan. Lots of outdoor seating. Coffee and sandwiches are good.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GakopoulouJuly 14, 2016
    Really nice atmosphere and although it's normally pretty busy, the staff is always smiling. Thumbs up, guys!
  • David D.
    David DraegerOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Tell them to bring back minty green tea and the Brazil bourbon natural coffee! Those were the best! Chocolate chip pumpkin bread is really good too!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BernsMarch 29, 2013
    Best espresso shake in town! Actually, probably the only place to get a GREAT espresso shake period.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LitzenbergAugust 19, 2014
    Great atmosphere and even greater coffee! Avoid on weekend mornings, the line can be 45+ minutes long.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TiesoJune 28, 2013
    The coffee here is amazing. Get the burritos, it's delicious. Great outdoor seating too.
  • Nerija S.
    Nerija SlotkusNovember 12, 2014
    Great view of Lake Michigan, fun summer live music, just a really neat atmosphere overall.
  • Jay S.
    Jay S.October 17, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Best coffee shop in MKE. Crowded on the weekends and slow wifi, but still perfect.
  • Alexander B.
    Alexander BennettSeptember 3, 2012
    best coffee shop around. great stop on a date night. they also have wraps and sandwiches.
  • Derek S.
    Derek SJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chai shake. No whip and sprinkle a little cinnamon on it. Trust me no other chai shake will compare.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SamponApril 22, 2013
    The Turkey Club is by far my favorite item here! 10/10 would devour again!
  • Marizza W.
    Marizza WhodakJune 1, 2015
    Gorgeous view of the water, watch out for the super long lines on weekend mornings (and no parking)
  • Karin
    KarinMay 22, 2014
    Amazinggggg!!!!!! Latte and such a great place to sit and enjoy the view
  • Christine B.
    Christine BJune 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're getting a sandwich, the Curry Chicken Wrap is the absolute best—followed by the Avocado BLT. Though honestly, everything on the menu is good :)
  • Julian W.
    Julian WMarch 7
    Great coffee, nice view over the lake, friendly staff...who needs Starbucks?
  • Gregg P.
    Gregg PullanoAugust 8, 2014
    Get the coffee cake muffin! It's great for when you're drunk and stumbling out of the annual Brewfest across the street.
  • Bec
    BecMay 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    it's awesome to sit outside on a warm spring day. however, they don't have free wi-fi.
  • Matina A.
    Matina AngelopoulouOctober 4, 2014
    Love to sit outside drinking a cup of hot chocolate!
  • Morgan R.
    Morgan RusnakApril 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The White Bean Chili is amazing. Get it with a Cherry Almond smoothie and sit outside with a book or some friends. Perfect summer meal.
  • Toni S.
    Toni SpottJune 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great outdoor seating if you happen to have great weather!
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YatesDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Seriously - you can not beat an xL white chocolate frappe with carmel and 2 extra shots of espresso - seriously.
  • Pat M.
    Pat McQuillanMarch 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a great place to meet or start a running or biking route. Now that it is nice outside they have great seating for people watching!
  • VISIT Milwaukee
    VISIT MilwaukeeDecember 10, 2010
    Check out Alterra for Milwaukee's best coffee. Enjoy the sites and people while sipping back on a delicious caramel royal or pumpkin spice today! Read more
  • Trina S.
    Trina SilbaughMay 21, 2014
    best patio to enjoy this spring weather
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SomekhMarch 5, 2016
    Get the smoked scrambler with avocado 🤓 it's lit
  • Derek P.
    Derek PipkornFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best Christmas light displays in Milwaukee! Grab a mint mocha and enjoy the lights.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 25, 2011
    This branch is housed in a stately Milwaukee River pumping station that was built in 1888.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BrennanJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best places to sit outside and drink coffee in Milwaukee!
  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KiriazopoulosMay 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try your favorite coffee drunk with almond milk. Delicious.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SchmitzAugust 17, 2013
    Coffee is great, but also keep it in mind for a quick bite.
  • Mallory O.
    Mallory O'BrienSeptember 1, 2014
    Chai shake hits the spot on a hot summer day. Delicious!!
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SchneemanApril 29, 2010
    Drink some fun fancy coffee outside at Alterras patio/picknick area-- some of the baristas can make coffee art for you.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ColeJune 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Alterra at the Lake Cafe. Great coffee, cool building, nice view and interesting people. Read more
  • Matt T.
    Matt TimmMarch 28, 2011
    Great coffee, 4$ an hour wifi is a bit ridiculous. I'll take my business to caribou.
  • Leila
    LeilaOctober 9, 2011
    Get the falafel sandwich, it's amazing!!!!' so so good!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ChungMarch 9, 2012
    Nice place to hang out with friends. Great atmosphere!
  • T J.
    T JAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There is usually a 15-20 minute line at peak hours of the day, plan ahead.
  • S K.
    S KJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a coffee and brownie combo from's Heaven!!
  • Derek S.
    Derek SJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab some sen cha green tea mints here. Only like one other store in the city has em!
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BöhlOctober 31, 2013
    good coffee, prolly the best in that area...
  • Donna J.
    Donna JohnsonSeptember 13, 2015
    Located in the old water tower, this place is really interesting.
  • Mersaydez
    MersaydezJuly 24, 2015
    Very crowded during the summer, but it's great if you want some quick coffee.
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JarockiMarch 7, 2015
    Love walking by the lake and stopping here for a mocha shake!
  • Iromo
    IromoJanuary 20, 2016
    Cortado is so good!!! It makes you feel like Spain
  • Greg C.
    Greg CarterJune 6, 2010
    The all-day breakfast tacos are fresh, warm, and enough to tie you over until dinner.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KrystowiakApril 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wi-Fi pricing has changed. You no longer get free hour(s) with the purchase of one or two hour amounts. Boo!
  • Anabel
    AnabelSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Black & white marble cheesecake is scrumptiously delicious ;)
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShermanOctober 9, 2013
    Really good mocha shakes here. Yummmmm!!
  • Marc G.
    Marc GundersonAugust 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Often excessively busy but they also have live music.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MSeptember 14, 2014
    Lots of seating and nice outdoor patio.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JSeptember 24, 2010
    Grab your favorite coffee then walk along the path across the street!/along the lake!
  • Roger P.
    Roger PenguinoJune 3, 2011
    Try the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese - Best grilled cheese of my life!
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DowlingApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the table on the stair case landing!
  • Jay D.
    Jay DavisDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mac N' Cheese isn't a hot sandwich, even though it's under that category.
  • Linnea E.
    Linnea EsbergFebruary 2, 2012
    any season this place rocks, but summer time it's packed
  • Jabril F.
    Jabril FarajJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best morning meeting place in the city.
  • Ku M.
    Ku MaysSeptember 1, 2014
    Cool spot. Wish there was more parking.
  • Chad L.
    Chad LammertJune 14, 2010
    Get Irish Breakfast if you're thinking tea... Similar to English breakfast except with more luck ;-)
  • Aimee K.
    Aimee KatzJuly 12, 2013
    Just get the espresso shake. No hesitations.
  • Tom P.
    Tom PankowskiAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I wonder if they'll have a taco truck for Cinco de Mayo as a marketing gimmick. I hate the new name!
  • Chaya M.
    Chaya MilchteinMay 30, 2015
    Italian Ice, might not be on the menu but ask for it.
  • Alison M.
    Alison MoodyMarch 21, 2011
    Have the almond croissant. Best. Pastry. Ever.
  • AJ L.
    AJ LeonSeptember 9, 2011
    Wow. You *need* to try the Gazpacho!
  • Emily R.
    Emily RzentkowskiOctober 10, 2014
    What isn't good here? Yummmm
  • Michelle U.
    Michelle UribeAugust 8, 2014
    Great Coffee, food and Music!!!!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SpiewakFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Not the strongest coffee in Milwaukee, but probably the smoothest (and most consistently-good).
  • Lita M.
    Lita MedingerJune 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the outdoor seating during warm weather to see everybody out with their dogs.
  • Jake R.
    Jake RohdeJune 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    On a warm summer day, get a Mocha Shake and relax outside. So good.
  • Steph S.
    Steph SNovember 25, 2011
    Smolked Salmon Sandwhich is SO good!
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GuentherJanuary 28, 2013
    Do not get the white tea. It is bitter and completely unlike a typical white tea. Yuck!
  • Barry W.
    Barry WeissenbornOctober 28, 2011
    The Mocha Shake is the best!!
  • Blake S.
    Blake SamicDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    On a cold day, the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese hits the spot.
  • Forrest
    ForrestApril 24, 2012
    Wi-fi cost money after 12 noon.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SteffenJuly 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The honey latte is so much better than anything Starbucks can create!
  • Maria A.
    Maria AntonellaMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Is the slowest Colectivo in the area but also the better one
  • Pattie S.
    Pattie ScheyNovember 8, 2011
    Breakfast burittos rock or baked oatmeal!
  • R S.
    R SpeenAugust 10, 2013
    Dude with laptop dominating landing!
  • patrick m.
    patrick mcgovernJune 5, 2011
    The brownies here are killer!
  • Coco
    CocoSeptember 17, 2011
    Blueberry lattes taste like toast & jam. & love.
  • Zee A.
    Zee AAugust 31, 2013
    Love my raspberry Italian soda!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BiebertAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No, you're not in a foreign country. It's ok, this used to be Alterra.
  • Jose G.
    Jose GalvanOctober 16, 2011
    Don'T forget to get your punch card!
  • Jerry G.
    Jerry GrosenickSeptember 12, 2012
    Can't beat the view.
  • Juan R.
    Juan RodriguezMarch 13, 2013
    Internet fail. This Alterra location makes you pay for Wi-Fi in the afternoon. Suck it Alterra!
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary MalloryAugust 22, 2011
    Get there before 9am on the weekends if you want to be served what you actually ordered and in a reasonable amount of time. :) Still love sitting outside at the lakefront regardless!
  • Tammy R.
    Coffee and sandwiches
  • Jerry G.
    Jerry GrosenickSeptember 12, 2012
    Cannot beat the view
  • William T.
    William TimmlerAugust 5, 2013
    Name change to Colectivo at the Lake!!!
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KrajewskiApril 9, 2011
    Best Chai Tea Lattes anywhere.
  • Colin N.
    Colin NApril 27, 2013
    Bring your dogs
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RuizJuly 25, 2014
    They need Honduran coffee!
  • Katherine P.
    Katherine PrachtJuly 8, 2010
    God and his young baby Jesus have blessed this coffee. :)
  • Jill H.
    Jill HMarch 6, 2011
    Chai shake! Amazing!
  • Greg C.
    Greg CarterJune 6, 2010
    Buy an Alterra's mug. They nice and heavy.
  • Cathy F.
    Cathy FinleyOctober 10, 2010
    LOVE their Hot Cider...its like a tonic for my soul!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AndersonJanuary 12, 2010
    Order medium Chai tea without water; profit greatly.
  • Hope B.
    Hope BauerSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try our hot spiced apple cider now in season!
  • Chaya M.
    Chaya MilchteinAugust 29, 2015
    Italian Soda
  • Brad L.
    Brad LichtensteinNovember 27, 2011
    Wifi is free. Don't know what that guy was sayin'.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BehnkeNovember 11, 2012
    apple cider is doooooope.
  • Jena P.
    Jena PassineauDecember 26, 2011
    Chai shake=delish!
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LauxJanuary 17, 2015
    Mint Mocha bitches!
  • Jake R.
    Jake RohdeNovember 7, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The hot apple cider is awesome. great on a cold winter night.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TwiggerJanuary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Cran-orange-pumpkin muffins are the best!
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler ColbyAugust 2, 2015
    Who knew PBJ would kick so much ass
  • Emily A.
    Emily AAugust 1, 2010
    Chai shake is great!
  • Bill F.
    Bill FinnMay 16, 2010
    Just rode in from the west side w/ my little lady
  • Nick K.
    Nick KirchmarMay 24, 2012
    Too bad the coffee is served with so much attitude. I'll never come back here again.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MarekMarch 5, 2012
    Biz meeting
  • K-10
    K-10June 22, 2010
    Mocha shakes are great!
  • Steven R.
    Steven RieggMay 24, 2012
    get a "punch in the face"
  • ovi
    oviSeptember 5, 2011
    Good food ..
  • Toni S.
    Toni SpottMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ginger date scone mmmmmm!
  • Scott B.
    Scott BaxterMay 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not use the restrooms here.
  • Ron R.
    Ron RenkenMarch 30, 2012
    No free wifi?? Booo hissss.....
  • Steve H.
    Steve HazeFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't get the bacon biscuit. Disgusting.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HoughJune 16, 2010
    The Sportea is good.
  • π
    πApril 16, 2012
    Dirty water never tasted so good.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RedzinskiMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    No free WiFi after 12
  • Adrianna
    AdriannaJanuary 14, 2013
    Bad customer service at 640am. They ignored me for like 5 mins, so I just left and went to Starbucks.
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MonaghanApril 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Where are the black people?
  • Matt G.
    Matt GApril 20, 2010
    Kids grill cheese
  • Charles N.
    Charles NolanDecember 30, 2012
    Wifi sucks, rip off
  • Rafael S.
    Rafael San SepAugust 6, 2016
    excelente servicio, rico cafe y los te's tambien
  • Jarrod D.
    Jarrod DavisDecember 24, 2016
    Potato Bacon Burrito
  • Michael K.
    Michael KriegerAugust 27, 2010
    Musica del lago!
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