The cool days are finally setting in here in Michigan. For us, that means we get to provide our customers with all sorts of fresh, local produce and delicious comfort foods. Whether you’re stopping by for lunch, grabbing one of our signature seasonal drinks, or looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth, we’ve got it all this fall season and it’s all handmade!

 

Savories

We promise that you can still look forward to many of your favorites this fall. The Spinach and Feta Turnover has returned along with the Chicken Pesto Melt, Classic Grilled Cheese, and your favorite breakfast burritos. We’re excited to bring back the popular Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Turnover, flaky pastry crust stuffed with sweet potato, pumpkin, swiss cheese, and plenty of garlic and spices. And for true cozy comfort, try the Autumn Squash Empanada: oven roasted chicken, squash, onion, provolone cheese, and plenty of herbs and spices stuffed inside our house-made bierock dough.

Butternut Squash & Cranberry Salad, Smoky Kale Salad, Kung Pao Tofu & Vegetables

For lighter options, we always have Water Street favorite Chicken Pecan Salad and we’re happy to continue our vegan hit Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad.  Other delicious vegan options this fall include the Butternut Squash and Cranberry Salad, as well as the zesty Kung Pao Tofu and Vegetable entree.  And due to popular demand, we have brought back the delectable Smoky Kale Salad, overflowing with fresh kale, lima beans, gouda cheese, kalamata olives, and sundried tomatoes, all tossed in our house-made smoky vinaigrette.

Breakfast lovers will love our new vegan Fiesta Tofu and Potato Burrito, served hot out of the oven and filled with seasoned tofu, crispy red potatoes, onions, carrots, spices, and a touch of hot sauce.  Other new breakfast favorites include the Chorizo and Pepper Jack Spanish Toritlla, as well as the cheesy Denver Omelette Strata. For a full look at our breakfast and savory menu, click here.

 

Margarita Salted Lime Cupcake

Desserts
No coffee or meal is quite complete unless you have that perfect sweet treat to round everything out. As usual, our expert pastry chefs and bakers have been hard at work. Get your pumpkin fix with a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake, or try the tasty Pumpkin Tartlet, available through Thanksgiving. Not a pumpkin fan? Try the brand new Margarita Salted Lime Cupcake, vanilla and lime zest combined into a delicious cupcake batter, baked to perfection and topped with vanilla frosting and a light sprinkle of sea salt. It’s a new kind of happy hour!

Toffee Pecan Tea Cake

We’re also excited to introduce the Toffee Pecan Tea Cake, a perfect choice to pair with a hot pot of tea on a blustery day.  And no fall season would be complete without a pumpkin donut, new this year and baked fresh every morning!

 

 

Fall Drinks

maple-latteNow let’s be honest. Nothing quite says fall at Water Street like hot cider, maple pecan lattes, and pumpkin spice, right? What we think is even better is making all of these favorites with local and handmade products.

Whether you like your cider hot, cold, caramel, or spiced with chai tea, at Water Street it’s always fresh from Schultz Fruitridge Farms in Mattawan, MI. We look forward every year to getting their amazing cider back on our shelves. The maple syrup in our signature Maple Pecan Latte also comes straight from local Jack and Jill’s Maple Hill Farm in Paw Paw. They are part of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association and tap the maple trees the old fashioned way – no vacuums or tubing in sight!

And last but not least, tastier than ever is our Housemade Pumpkin Spice syrup. Cooked up by our own Anne Mills in the Water Street Kitchen, it is good in everything! Latte, steamer, coffee, or chai, you really can’t go wrong!

 

Eat Local!

If you’ve been in our cafes lately you might have noticed that it isn’t only our fall drinks that we are serving up local! At each shop we provide a weekly updated chalkboard that tells you where in Michigan our local products came from that week. While we do not source every product we use locally, we believe that doing so as much as possible is not only good for our customer but great for our community. Eating and buying from local farms supports local economy and job growth by keeping our hard earned dollars closer to home and also provides healthier, fresher foods due to less travel and processing time. Check out what farm and producers you are supporting by eating local at Water Street and ask a barista to tell you what ingredients came from each farm the next time you stop in!

Sometimes the day just isn’t complete without a touch of something sweet. A successful marriage of dessert and drink can deliver unexpected and delicious experiences for the palate.  Here are some of our very favorite pairings of our homemade sweet treats and smooth coffee picks.  Stop by any of our Water Street cafes to give them a try. Or check out our menus to create your own perfect pairing!

Biscotti and Cappuccino 

Do breakfast the Italian way… with a crunchy biscotti, dipped in a frothy fresh cappuccino. Our biscotti, meaning twice-baked in Italian, are expertly baked in our Water Street kitchen. Our favorites include the Pistachio Chocolate Chip Biscotti and the ever popular Almond Biscotti.  Paired with the natural sweetness of the textured froth and the smooth espresso in the cappuccino, this is a combination that will leave you dreaming of the rolling hills of Tuscany!

 

 

Lemon Bar and Sumatra Mandheling

For the true coffee connoisseur, a contrast in sharp tartness with smooth earthiness is a real treat.  Water Street’s luscious lemon bars have been a staple for years, and it’s easy to taste why!  We make a rich filling with freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest, then bake to perfection in a shortbread cookie crust. Balancing the delicate flavors of the lemon bar with our popular Sumatra Mandheling roast creates the perfect balanced refreshment.  Grown by the Mandheling tribe of west-central Sumatra, Indonesia, near the port of Padang, the Sumatra Mandheling has a heavy, concentrated body, very low acidity, and a rich flavor with hints of dark chocolate. From its rich, sweet aroma to its earthy finish, this brew is deliciously complex.  We love it brewed in a Chemex to bring out the full body of this coffee.

 

Vanilla Cheesecake and Cortado

We think cheesecake goes well with almost anything, but it especially stands out alongside the creaminess of the cortado.  We make our cortados with a 1:1 ratio of frothed milk to fresh espresso, which cuts down on the acidity.  Popular in Spain and Portugal, the cortado is commonly ordered in the afternoon, for a delicious pick-me-up.  We recommend trying a cortado with our own featured espresso, which gives you a brighter, more complex flavor. Water Street’s famous vanilla cheesecake is a dessert lover’s dream, with made-from-scratch creamy filling baked in a graham cracker crust.  Together, these two can help you solve any problem that comes your way.

 

 

Cupcake and Dolce de Leche

For the true sweet tooth, there’s nothing better than a freshly-baked cupcake and the caramely goodness of a hot Dolce de Leche. We love so many of our cupcake flavors, but we’re recently very excited about our new Margarita Salted Lime: a vanilla cupcake made with fresh lime zest, topped with vanilla frosting and a light sprinkle of sea salt.  Or for a vegan twist, try our vegan dark chocolate or orange mango cupcakes – both rich and delicious!  We mix our house-made caramel sauce with our brewed coffee and add steamed milk to create our popular Dolce de Leche drink. Topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, it’s a decadent dessert all by itself.  Paired with a cupcake, it’s perfection!


Imagine fewer unwanted pets roaming our streets or populating our shelters. Imagine more citizens demonstrating compassion and respect for animals and one another. Imagine our community being recognized as one that shows concern for all living creatures.

The proposed Animal Care & Resource Center makes these things possible and more. And it sends a powerful message: We’re committed to a safer, more humane community.


This September, Water St. invites you to show compassion through your coffee. We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Kalamazoo Humane Society, happening all month long.  They are raising funds to build a new Animal Care and Resource Center, and they need our help!

What is the Kalamazoo Humane Society all about?

For nearly 120 years, the Kalamazoo Humane Society has been at the forefront of animal protection and welfare efforts throughout our region and our state.

Each year they serve thousands of pet owners, many of whom are in difficult circumstances, by providing:

Their work doesn’t stop there. Working with their volunteers and supporters, they provide humane education services to promote responsible treatment of animals, and they advocate for laws that help keep animals and our community safe for generations to come.

Contrary to popular belief, they are not a shelter.  By 1979, the Humane Society shifted its focus from sheltering to prevention, launching its first spay/neuter assistance program. Named “Operation Fix-It” in 2002, this program has greatly reduced the number of unwanted animals in our community.  At the time of this fundraiser, KHS has performed more than 64,000 spay/neuter surgeries!

They service 13 counties in southwest Michigan from their office on S. Westnedge in Kalamazoo.  Some people come as far away as northern Indiana to receive services at their office because the need is so great.

Why is the new Animal Care and Resource Center needed?

KHS’s ability to meet increased demands is severely limited by its capacity to receive and service clients in its cramped, landlocked building, which is a renovated bridal shop on South Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo. KHS has continued to grow its services to include a thriving emergency pet food bank and other supportive services for people and pets in crisis  Still, the needs are growing in our region for expanded partnerships and greater access to our many services.  The KHS is eager to meet those needs.

The Kalamazoo Humane Society’s proposed Animal Care & Resource Center will serve as its new home and be the go-to destination for animal welfare needs throughout our region. Centrally located on a 14-acre parcel of land on the southwest corner of River Street and the I-94 business loop in Comstock Township, the new building will be of high-quality design and construction, incorporating the expert guidance of engineers specializing in animal care facilities to help protect the health and well-being of visiting animals.

The inviting, family-friendly Animal Care & Resource Center will reflect the expansion in size and access needed to meet current and anticipated demand in the following areas:

Why doesn’t the KHS shelter animals? 

Sheltering of strays is managed by Kalamazoo County Animal Services, and there are dozens of active rescue groups helping to rehome unwanted, owned pets.  When KHS stopped sheltering in 1979, the purpose was to focus on the reasons why pets were ending up in shelters and rescues to begin with.  KHS has greatly reduced the number of pets coming in to local shelters and rescues by offering programs and services that prevent abandonment, neglect and strays.

They work very closely with Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement (KCASE) and strongly suggest that potential adopters check there for a new pet.  They also provide volunteers to help them stay open late on Wednesday evenings, and they provide the veterinary services to the shelter animals.  They help support the KCASE volunteer group, Save Our Strays (SOS), by helping them afford booth space at community events, and they have provided photographic equipment to promote the adoptable animals via television and the internet.

While they are two separate organizations, their partnership is very strong, and will continue to grow.  The Animal Care & Resource Center will give them new opportunities to work with KCASE, and build on their long-standing partnership.

How can we help?

Become a volunteer

The KHS always needs help! KHS volunteers assist with everything from day to day operations to special events.  Some volunteers help a few times a week, and others only once a year for the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival.  Volunteers also visit the Kalamazoo County Animal Services shelter on Wednesday evenings to fill in for kennel staff during late hours, and before special adoption events to bathe the adoptable pets to get them ready to meet potential adopters.  Many people want to volunteer to walk dogs or pet the animals, but since the KHS isn’t a shelter many people change their mind.  They still need you!  Even though their volunteers aren’t always interacting directly with animals, everything their volunteers do provides assistance to animals in need in our communities.  Their volunteers make a huge impact on the lives of animals every day.

Those wishing to volunteer can go to the KHS website and complete a volunteer application.  Those applications are sent to the volunteer coordinator so they can learn more about you.   (Must be 16 yrs or older with transportation).

Buy a bag of specially labeled West Coast Breakfast Blend!

For every bag of West Coast Breakfast Blend sold in September, Water St. will donate $4.50 towards the funding of Kalamazoo Humane Society’s future Animal Care and Resource Center.  These bags are available at all 5 Water St. locations and online!

Donate pet food or supplies at our Oakland Dr cafe on September 23rd!

Stop by Water Street Coffee Joint at 3037 Oakland Drive between 10am and 1pm on September 23rd with a donation of dog or cat food (wet or dry), cat litter, new or gently used pet supplies (brushes, combs, toys, or treats), and get a FREE LARGE DRINK on us!

RSVP and share the event here!

Donate directly to the KHS

KHS services are open to the public and are funded by donations.  All donations are tax-deductible.  Donate online here!