When are the Chairs Coming Back?

Many of you are asking when our seating area will return. The short answer is not any time soon. There are two pieces of data related to COVID-19 in our area that we're looking at to guide that decision. First is the reproduction rate of the virus. If this number is greater than 1, it means that on average, people who are infected with the virus spread that to more than one person. We want to see this number less than 1. The other data point is the positivity rate. Public health officials and medical professionals recommend that this should be less than 5 percent before introducing riskier environments. We'll continue to track this information and consider our plan to re-open the seating area once these conditions are met. We look forward to the day when we can welcome our customers back to enjoy a cup of coffee in our shop. Until then, thank you for your patience, your business, and for wearing a mask.

Recent Coffee Arrivals

Two new coffee shipments have recently arrived. This brings the return of Papua New Guinea and Big Island Blend which we were temporarily out of stock on. The new Brazil Sul de Minas is a smooth, well balanced medium roast coffee with a slightly chocolatey flavor and aroma. We're also now on the fresh crop of Guatemala Antigua La Flor del Café, available in both a medium roast and a dark roast.

Road Construction

We're still open during the road construction. While Washington Ave. has become challenging to use, Kinzie Ave. and 16th St. are available. There are parking lots that contain 2 hour free parking behind the businesses on Washington Ave. between Hayes Ave. and Grove Ave. These lots provide easy walking access to any of the shops in West Racine.

Half Gallons Are Back

Our half gallon bottles have finally arrived so our chai concentrate is now available in quart, half gallon, and full gallon bottles, at least while our current bottle supply lasts. While chai concentrate is not available for ordering through our web site, it's available at our shop or we're happy to accept phone orders to ship.

Face Coverings Required

Starting Monday, July 27, in accordance with Racine's new city ordinance, face coverings will be required to enter the store. Your face covering must cover your mouth and nose. Choices include bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks, scarves, and gaiters. Children 4 years old and under are exempt. Disposable masks are available from staff for those who need one.

For those placing orders by phone, you may find our drink menu (PDF) and tea menu (PDF) helpful.

If you cannot or choose not to wear a face covering, you may still place your order by phone for outdoor contactless pick up. Our phone number is (262) 634-6611. We'll need your order, a name, and your payment information. Once you arrive, just call again and we will bring your completed order to the contactless pick up zone on our patio.

Thanks for the Masks!

A dedicated group of customers have been involved with supplying materials or making the fabric masks that we have been giving away freely to members of the community in need of a mask. Thank you Mary, Cynthy, Ann, Rebecca, Joan, and others for performing this important community service.

Did we miss a name? Let us know if you want your contribution recognized here.

New Hours

Monday–Saturday hours have now been extended to 7AM–5PM. Sunday hours remain unchanged at 9AM–3PM.

Forward Racine!

We greatly appreciate the patience and cooperation of our customers during these difficult times.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are taking some additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers. Policies are based on guidance from relevant federal, state, and local authorities and in consultation with founder and retired nurse, Diane Wilson. We will not be rushed into an early return to normality, but we will make changes to these rules as the health data permits.

We are limiting the number of customers in the shop at any one time to 12 in order to keep physical distancing possible. If more than 12 customers want to shop at the same time, please cooperate with staff to form an outside waiting area.

There is no in store seating. Drinks and bakery are available for take out only. If you choose to enter the shop, please remember to keep a distance of 6 feet from others. Look for the 6 foot floor markers. Choose a green marker if you are waiting to order. Once you've ordered, choose a blue marker to wait until your order is ready for pick up. Please exit the building and keep the patio area clear to make room for future customers to enter once you have picked up your order.

Ordering and paying ahead by phone is strongly encouraged. Our phone number is (262) 634-6611. Look for our phone order pick up area or call again for outdoor contactless pick up. Please be ready to pick up your orders before closing time.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in contact with a COVID-19 patient, please do not come in. You can still call in orders for outdoor contactless pick up.

For those placing orders by phone, you may find our drink menu (PDF) and tea menu (PDF) helpful.

Gift certificates can also be ordered over the phone and we are happy to mail those to you with no charge for postage.

Online sales continue to be processed as normal. After successfully placing an order you should immediately get an order confirmation email. If you have special instructions which do not impact the price of the order, you can reply to that order confirmation promptly and a real human will be monitoring that and replying to requests such as grinding or splitting pounds into half pound bags. We will do our best to accommodate prompt and reasonable requests.

Wilson's Coffee & Tea Named Best Independent Coffee Shop in Wisconsin

A recent article has us listed as the best independent coffee shop in Wisconsin (we're buried near the bottom of page 11). This was based on Yelp reviews and our Yelp strategy has been to pretend that Yelp doesn't exist, so this listing is entirely thanks to our awesome customers who have gone out of their way to let people know what they like about this place. Thanks for sharing those 5 star reviews!

Behind the Scenes

The flavor of a coffee depends on many details. One of these is how that coffee is roasted. Neal Wilson has created a series of videos that look at different approaches to coffee roasting and how these impact the flavor of a specific coffee. The latest episode features our Ethiopia Ardi.

Now Selling Online!

You can now order one pound bags of whole bean roasted coffee through this web site. So far this is just a test run. If things go well we'll consider adding more features and products, but we're starting out with something simple. If you want something other than one pound bags of whole bean roasted coffee, orders can still be placed by phone.

Check our coffee list to see what's available!

What We Do

Wilson’s Coffee & Tea is Racine’s best source for great tasting coffee. We select exceptional coffees from all over the world and roast each on site to bring out its optimal flavor. Our coffees are available by the pound or by the cup.

A full espresso bar offers delicious cappuccinos, caffé lattés, and caffé mochas, blended drinks, and more along with fresh, made from scratch bakery.

Wilson’s also carries a large selection of premium teas and tisanes, an original chai concentrate prepared and bottled on site, fine chocolates, mugs, and tea and coffee accessories.

Coffee: Our sourcing and roasting philosophy

Every coffee comes from somewhere. The place where the coffee is grown has a tremendous influence on how it tastes. Soil, temperature, and rainfall have quite a bit to do with how a coffee will ultimately taste. Variety selection, farming techniques, and the care taken in harvesting and processing also play a role. We try to find a variety of unique coffees, all different, but all delicious.

For each lot of coffee we buy, we evaluate several different roasts and try to find ways of roasting that coffee which bring out the best characteristics of that coffee. The result of this coffee first approach is that there is a great diversity of roasting styles among the coffees we offer.