Colectivo Coffee

Colectivo Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Lower East Side, Milwaukee
  • Has a stamp of approval from Food & Wine and Epicurious
    • Food & Wine
    • Epicurious
  • John V.
    "9:45 PM is the perfect time for a mocha shake, or two."(3 Tips)
    Pam W.
    "Falafel sandwich IS indeed awesome."(3 Tips)
    "Great place to study, just enough bustle and lots of outlets."(2 Tips)
    Third Coast Daily
    "citron green iced tea!"(4 Tips)
68 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • tea
  • lots of outlets
  • cozy
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  • Beth G.
    Beth GrahamJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a lemon lifter (sportea & lemonade) and a seat in the indoor patio (has a garage door, if you've been wanting one) to feel like you're outside when the weather does want to allow you out.
  • Briana K.
    Briana KingOctober 13, 2012
    This Alterra has free wifi. This makes it a great place to study off campus! It can be a little hard to find a table but d you wait around long enough you can get one.
  • Kat P.
    Kat PummillJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    New communal table in the middle allows for much more seating. Get here before 9 on a weekday to snag a spot at your own if you are coming to do work.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RowanOctober 20, 2014
    Awesome atmosphere! Relaxing. Lots of outlets. Food was great! Falafel burger was great but the bun was way too big! White bean chili is a must!
  • raoum A.
    raoum AlsuhaibaniMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone here is really nice and friendly. I just wish they'd sell bananas again.. Other than that everything's perfect here!
  • Modern Magnate
    Modern MagnateJuly 19, 2012
    The BEST Carrot Cake at a cafe on the 2200 block of Prospect. No, for reals - it's perhaps the best on the PLANET! YUM
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The cafés also serve as community meeting places, playing host to free Monday night concerts by musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Read more
  • R S.
    R SpeenNovember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out because people will leave there'll clear plastic coffee lid on the table where you put cream in your coffee your such a coffee on and tip it over.
  • Jabril F.
    Jabril FarajJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have either small or large mugs for coffee. Go with the large - only 21 cents more.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BrooksJune 29, 2014
    Fantastic frappe and chocolate milk shake. Iced coffee is as good as intelligentsia as well.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MoraskMay 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place. Great food, amazing coffee and a great environment to get work done. It's a second office.
  • Nessi B.
    Nessi B.August 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite coffee in Milwaukee, hands down. The staff is always friendly and attentive.
  • Third Coast Daily
    Third Coast DailyOctober 11, 2010
    The falafel sandwich is fantastic. Try it with their cool cucumber dressing. And if you're not in the mood for coffee, try the citron green iced tea!
  • Juan-Miguel H.
    Seriously, I'm impressed with Alterra coffee after being used to Starbucks for so long. Their coffee is delicious and the atmosphere is cozy.
  • Shaun J.
    Shaun JacobsenMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pesto mozz sandwich is uhhhhmazing, so is the tropical crimson iced tea. perfect for a summer day
  • Laura
    LauraJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to study, just enough bustle and lots of outlets. Coffee is good, iced teas are hit or miss.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 25, 2011
    Alterra opened its first café in 1993, and has since expanded to 12 locations serving its signature thick and creamy espresso.
  • Andrew Z.
    Andrew ZAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Medium double cappuccino with the espresso of the week and whole milk. The food ain't bad either.
  • Katelyn O.
    Katelyn OneillJune 23, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Granola with soy milk is amazing. Its served warm and almost resembles a bread pudding
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great supportive employees. An error was made with my order and they gave me two free drinks to apologize. Sweet!
  • Brennan S.
    Brennan StehlingJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have an iPhone use Siri to warn you when you parking is about to expire. Simply say, "Remind me that my parking expires in 1 hour." It will save you from tickets.
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HoeschenJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Alterra is now Colectivo Coffee. Same great coffee, bakery, foods, and people.
  • Jacqueline K.
    Jacqueline KoenigsOctober 10, 2013
    Great place to study. It is only open from 6:30am-10:00pm on the weekdays.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BartramOctober 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chorizo burritos are a superb choice any time of day!
  • Evan M.
    Evan McAllisterJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the table by the barista. Perfect for staring at any ass you want !
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you verify the drink sizes before you order. Small is just 8 oz
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JacobsApril 11, 2012
    Great ambiance for studying or catching up with a friend.
  • Christine T.
    Christine T.October 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The berry booster is the best fruit smoothie I have ever had.
  • Travis W.
    Travis WackerJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Be sure to get an OMC! smoothie when they're available.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KosterJanuary 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The suspense of the brew bar while illegally parking is intense!! Try it!!
  • Guy F.
    Guy FawkesJuly 19, 2017
    Free wifi, nice layout, good coffee.
  • Denzel S.
    Denzel ShareefApril 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bike over to Alterra. Bike friendly business with a place to park your bike!
  • Jen D.
    Jen DunningtonNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Honey caramel latte is a must have! Great place :)
  • Cory H.
    Cory HagopianAugust 11, 2017
    Great breakfast and lunch food; great service.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GundersonAugust 16, 2017
    Great open place when the door is open.
  • Pam W.
    Pam WilliamsAugust 2, 2011
    Falafel sandwich IS indeed awesome. Place looks great with the new makeover.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SJuly 21, 2015
    Oatmeal and whole grain toast fantastic
  • Nicholas N.
    Nicholas NassifApril 6, 2013
    The WiFi is really fast; it never dies out. #sarcasm
  • Antonio V.
    Antonio VargasNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your Mac and thick rimmed glasses for extra hipster points.
  • Leah B.
    Leah BusseDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone who hangs out here either needs a shower, or reeks of money. Grab a soy honey latte TO GO
  • Shelby Marie Z.
    The mocha shake is heavenly!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KosterNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a fresg poured coffee from the Brew Bar, you drip!
  • Evan M.
    Evan McAllisterFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab the first drink you see on the bar. It's yours. Guaranteed
  • Kate W.
    Kate WellsMay 7, 2017
    The avocado blt on multigrain is great
  • Mary M.
    Mary MaccouxJanuary 6, 2011
    Try the Cranberry Orange muffins, they are amazing!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SanchezApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to relax after spending most of your rent at Urban
  • Daisy
    DaisyJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Not very vegan friendly. Only two items in the menu that I could eat!
  • John V.
    John Van LieshoutJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    9:45 PM is the perfect time for a mocha shake, or two.
  • Austin K.
    Austin KolczynskiApril 19, 2012
    Chemistry and coffee is a great combination.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MillikinMarch 10, 2016
    Mocha was great!
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