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.
Hours are reduced to Monday–Saturday, 7AM–4PM and Sunday, 9AM–3PM. 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.
New coffees have recently arrived and are now available. Yemen Mocha Hawari is the highest quality coffee from Yemen we've ever sold. Java Estate Peaberry has returned and pairs wonderfully with the new coffee from Yemen in our Mocha Java Blend. We're on to a new lot of Brazil Mogiana which is a little less sweet and a little more nutty compared with the previous lot.
New crop coffee from Hacienda La Minita in Costa Rica is now available. Last year this sold out much faster than we expected and we brought in a coffee from the same farm using a different drying method that resulted in a substantially different flavor profile. That was a nice temporary change, but we're now back to our traditional flavor profile for this coffee. As usual, this is available as both a medium roast and a dark roast.
Closed Memorial Day
We will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Orders can still be placed through this web site and we will resume shipping on Tuesday, May 26 when we will once again be open for take out only during our posted hours.
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.