Alderaan Coffee Milwaukee – Now Open

Alderaan Coffee Interior

After working all summer, Alderaan Coffee has opened in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Alderaan Coffee is a multi roaster pourover and espresso bar. Started by Daniel and David Neumann with the goal of bringing some of the best coffee available to Milwaukee. You can read about what beans are currently available on the menu page. They are also adding some interesting items for sale on the shopping section of their site and in their store.

Daniel brought his recipes for French Lavender and Madagascar Vanilla with him to Wisconsin. These have become favorites in his two Upright Coffee locations in NY.

If your in Milwaukee this is where you want to get your caffein fix.

Alderaan Coffee
1560 N Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Lavender Latte

Lavender Latte

A few years ago Daniel was experimenting with a bunch of different flavor infusions for a signature latte. He stumbled upon something unexpected when he added some lavender that was set aside for a cake to a cappuccino. There was a sweet smoky floral effect that complimented the coffee perfectly. The smell of the coffee and lavender was wonderful.

A few days later after perfecting the recipe Daniel introduced the lavender latte and Upright Coffee in Brooklyn and it was a hit. Upright has a loyal group of customers that will travel from all of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan to get this signature drink. Today Upright Coffee, Upright Brew House and Alderaan Coffee all make Daniel’s lavender latte from natural ingredients in house.

In addition to complimenting hot espresso drinks perfectly the lavender elevates an iced latte, iced coffee or an almond latte. Stop in at any Upright or Alderaan Coffee to get your own lavender latte or cappuccino.

Now you can make your own lavender latte at home. Order Upright Roastings french lavender simple syrup here.


Easiest Coffee Pour Over – Clever Dripper

If only Upright Coffee was a bit larger so we could have space for a pour over bar. We would definitely have some Clever Drippers on the bar. I just bought one of these to play with and I love it! This dripper combines the clean coffee taste of a v60 pour over with the deep complex flavors of a french press. Unlike a french press this brewer doesn’t leave all the coffee sediment at the bottom of your cup.

The Clever Dripper looks very similar to most pour over devices. The big difference is the valve at the bottom of the brewer. When the Clever is placed on a  flat surface the valve is closed and the coffee is held in the cone for the desired amount of time. Once the CLever is placed on top of a mug or a serving glass the valve opens automatically and the coffee is dispensed. Its a simple idea and it works perfectly.

Clever Dripper Coffee MakerBuy the Clever Dripper Pour Over Coffee Maker here »

Clever Dripper Brewing Instructions

  1. Insert a paper filter into the brewer then rinse with hot water. Place Clever on top of a mug or carafe to dispense the hot water.
  2. Weigh out 20 grams of coffee and grind to a medium-coarse grind and pour the grinds into the paper filter.
  3. Pour 300 grams of water over the grounds. Make sure to fully saturate the coffee, then start your timer.
  4. After 30 seconds, stir the grounds and cover the Clever with its lid.
  5. At the 3:30 minutes mark put the Clever onto your mug or carafe so start dispensing the coffee. It should take about 30 seconds to drain. Enjoy!

You can get reusable filters for the Clever Dripper here »

Alderaan Coffee in Milwaukee Wisconsin has a great brew bar using Clever Drippers. Check them out.


Build a Cold Brew Iced Coffee Tap

Upright has completed building our cold brew iced coffee tap system. Using some mix and matched equipment from various beer suppliers we now have a tap that dispenses chilled 18 hour cold brew iced coffee. It wasn’t easy as this system seems to be a first for a coffee bar. After a bit of trial and error and a few coffee floods, we now have the tap working flawlessly.

This system chills the coffee before leaving the tap so it won’t dilute when it hits the cup of ice. This maintains the coffee’s bold smooth flavors and creates consistency in every pour.

You’ll notice that we spared no expense and went with the Perlick taps. Stop in and check it out. We are currently serving our Mocha Java blend.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Tap System

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Tap System Close up

How to build an ice coffee tap system

Diagram to build a cold brew tap

Many people have been curious as to how we built our iced coffee tap system at Upright Coffee. Daniel had the idea for coffee on tap before kegging coffee was common. Because we have a small coffee shop and don’t use any beer equipment we did not want to use any compressed gas to pressurize out tap system. The simple solution was an NSF rates electric water pump with a pressure sensitive on off switch. Its cheap and ours has been running like a champ for 4 years without having to pay for gas. 
Shurflo 8005-733-255 pump

The concept is simple. A pex tube with one end in an ice coffee holder is attached to an electric pump. Then the output from the pump is attached directly to a beer tap head. When the beer tap is opened it releases the pressure on the output side of the motor and the pressure switch activates the motor. Cold brew is then pumped from the brew bucket to that tap handle and into the cup. When the handle is turned off the pressure in the line turns off the pump. Simple! No kegs to fill and no gas to buy. The system that Daniel installed in his first shop has been running like a champ for over 4 years. Like all drinking systems the lines will need to be properly flushed and cleaned on a  regular basis. We do it monthly but this will depend on your usage.

If your shop has an ice bin you can run the cold brew through a jockey box or cold plate to chill it before it goes through the tap. Many stores do not do this but you will want to make sure your cold brew is more concentrated if you going to have a warmer liquid pour over ice.

This system does not require any expensive kegs and allows you to dispense the coffee directly from the brewing container so there is less to clean and very little waste.

DIY Cold Brew Coffee Tap Parts list;

  1. Cold brewing system
  2. Shurflow 8005-733-255 (The 8025-213-236 model pump is available with a wall plug but I prefer wiring an on/off switch. Looking for a pump to use in a mobile application like a coffee cart? Try the SHURflo 8005-292-139)
    Shurflo 8005-733-255 pump
  3. Electric connections for pump (Home Depot will have the electrical switch and power cords you need.)
  4. Pex fittings
  5. Pex tube
  6. Brewing 5 gallon food grade buckets (we from 1 to 4 for brewing depending on the season)
  7. Dispensing Buckets, 10 gallon NSF (we use two but one will work if space is tight)
  8. Tap tower and handles Single or Double
  9. Drip tray (optional but very nice to have)
  10. Cold Plate (optional)

Feel free to contact us at or leave a comment bellow if you have any question or comments. We will continue to work on these instructions to fill in any missing pieces of information.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe

The recipe we use for our iced coffee is very simple.

  1. Coarse grind 1 to 4 pounds of coffee. We use a mocha java blend.
  2. Place the ground coffee in your brew bag.
  3. Put the brew bag into the 5 gallon brew bucket.
  4. Add one gallon per pound of cold filtered water. If you used one pound of coffee add 1 gallon of water. If yo used 4 pounds of coffee use 4 gallons.
  5. Stir the grinds to make sure they are all well soaked with water.
  6. Cover and wait 18 hours with the cold brew at room temperature.
  7. Remove the cold brew bag and ring it out so all the coffee concentrate drips into the brew bucket.
  8. Cut the cold brew concentrate in half with filtered water to serve.

Nitro Iced Coffee

The latest and greatest trend in the iced coffee world is to have kegged nitro iced coffee on tap. The system we currently use at Upright Coffee does not use the proper nitro hook up to serve ice coffee with a nitro mix. One could easily hook up a nitro cold brew system to run alongside the tap system described above.

Nitro iced coffee adds a super creamy texture to iced coffee. A cup of nitro iced coffee feels like it has milk in it and will often taste a bit sweeter than regular iced coffee.

Nitro Iced Coffee on tap.


NYC Choking Victim Poster

It’s been a while since we hung our Official NYC choking victim poster. Over the years it’s gotten a bit torn and tattered so we are looking at some new options. Seems like some artists have been helping create much more attractive posters to help shop owners out. NYC allows restaurants to hang many different types of choking victim signs as long as they are legible and have the proper information.

Here are some of the ones we found;

Lara Antal choking victim poster NYC



NYC Choking Victim Poster by Animal


benjamin wright coleman choking victim poster
$50 @



Choking Victim Poster
$50 @

Alex Holden Choking Victim Poster

Tango Themed Choking Victim Poster
$45 @

Phil Ashworth NYC choking victim poster

Sold Out @

Bobs Burger Choking Victim Poster

Only available at Comi Con


Upright Coffee on the New York subway coffee map

New York coffee subway map

Here is an awesome map of coffee spots in NY near subway stops. What a great way to tour New York. Upright is the coffee you’ll want to visit off the G train in Greenpoint.

Check out the entire map here;


Happy Holidays 2013

Happy Holiday 2013

Upright Coffee will close at 3pm on the 24th and will be closed Christmas day. See you on the 26th.

Happy Holidays!


Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Greenpoint! We are open from 7am to 2pm today. Stop in for a coffee before your head out for your Thanksgiving dinner.


We like the Bruer cold brew coffee system

Bruer cold brew coffee system

Making cold brew coffee at home is about to get a bit more interesting. has surpassed their target fundraising goal on Kickstarter. Check out the website here We love the simple design and the ease of use.

You can now buy the Bruer on Amazon here.


Brooklyn Roasting Companys Second Cafe

We just visited the Brooklyn Roasting Companys second cafe at 200 Flushing Ave in Brooklyn. Its a great spot and they did an amazing job with the renovations. Cant wait to see the roaster get put in.

This will be our new spot when biking over to Dumbo.