3 Ways to Drink Local during Dry January

Happy New Year! For a fresh start, many people are abstaining from alcohol this month, for Dry January. Fortunately, Michigan is home to a wide variety of coffee roasters, kombucha brewers, and tea purveyors. Check out some of our favorite non-alcoholic Michigan beverage businesses! 


Higher Grounds Trading Co. : Located in Traverse City, this roastery is dedicated to sustainable sourcing and exceptional flavors.

Cultivate Coffee & Tap House : This Ypsilanti-based coffee shop and community space roasts their beans locally for bold flavor profiles. 

Schuil Coffee Company : Known as one of the first coffee importers and roasters in Michigan, Schuil Coffee dates back to 1981 in Grand Rapids.

The Sparrows Coffee, Tea & Newsstand : Since 2007, this specialty coffee shop offers thoroughly crafted coffee, an extensive selection of teas & a warm inviting space for the community to gather.

Dead River Coffee Roasters : This coffee roaster is devoted to bringing big city coffee to the small town of Marquette. 

North Country Candy and Gifts : Located in Alpena, this place roasts and serves Hubbard Lake Arabica bean joe and handmakes all their on-site candies and chocolates. 

Radical Coffee Project: Through direct trade with a small group of Guatemalan coffee farmers, this sustainable coffee roaster provides micro-loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Arbor Teas : They are committed to curating the most fantastic organic teas and delivering them as sustainably as possible in at-home compostable packaging.

Fraser Teas : Enjoy creative and healthful organic tea blends from Fraser tea!

Light of Day Organic Teas : Warm up with these organic tea blends made using Michigan-grown and biodynamic ingredients.

Seeds & Spores Farm: Offering a unique “Community Supported Herbalism” Program, this small Marquette area farm creates fresh and dried tea blends, tinctures, and more from herbs grown on their Botanical Sanctuary.

Kombucha & Shrubs

Superior Culture: This Marquette kombucha maker specializes in living drinks highlighting local flavors, like black currant and golden beet. 

Cultured Kombucha Co. : They are passionate about the power and health benefits of fermented food.

Neu Kombucha : From Golden Pineapple to Lavender lemonade, Neu Kombucha provides fun, seasonal flavors in their kombucha and tonic lines.

Civil Ferments : Their fruity shrubs and beet kvass go from farm to ferment to you!

What are you drinking this month? You can find more Michigan beverage producers here. We encourage you to support these Michigan businesses year-round! 

Emma Beauchamp is the Communications Manager for Taste the Local Difference. Contact her at [email protected]