Kickapoo Coffee announced it will join the Bayfield community with its opening of a café in the former Big Water Coffee Roasters space (117 Rittenhouse Ave.). After learning that Big Water was ceasing its cafe and roastery operations, the Kickapoo Coffee team jumped into action to keep the beloved café going.
Two of Kickapoo Coffee's co-owners, TJ and Denise Semanchin, own property on Madeline Island, and said their hearts are tied to this area.
“The original Big Water founders, Jon and Danielle, are dear friends of ours, and we were devastated to hear that everything they worked so hard to build was on the line. My family spends a lot of time here, and we want to see this café’s traditions continue while at the same time bring a vibrant community space and Kickapoo’s commitment to farmer relationships, sustainability and quality coffee,” TJ Semanchin explained.
Kickapoo plans to open the café’s doors sometime this summer. Bayfield residents and visitors can expect a lot of familiar aspects and some new things too — from a fresh coat of paint to Kickapoo’s famous Iced Maple Latte.
"Our guests can expect to be greeted by a local team that is engaged, welcoming and kind in a vibrant and inclusive community space,” said co-owner Katie Aho.
Kickapoo Coffee Bayfield will be open year-round with a focus on specialty coffee and organic, local bakery products.