Drifter Coffee

9 recent ratings
$ • Bakery, Coffee Shop
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Cake Balls, Cookies, Scones
Safety Rating
8 ratings

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770 Woodward Heights
Ferndale, MI 48220

Most Recent Reviews


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Review


They have a couple of baked goods, however, if you are truly looking for breakfast, there are not enough choices for a meal

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

Updated 6 days ago read full review

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This place is the sweetest. Always gf treats available!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for shellfish-free
Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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This is one of my absolute favorite coffee shops - their syrups are all GF and they use a certified GF oat milk. However, they are pretty open about the high risk of cross contamination with their gluten free treats (which is definitely a bummer because their treats smell so yummy)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Cake Balls
  • Cookies
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Scones

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Coffee Shop
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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I know one of the bakers is gluten free, so almost everything made in-house is gf (they do get some baked goods from other places, but everything is separate and marked)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is so adorable! Located a little off the beaten path, its colors, vibes and silly skeleton outside welcome you! You walk in and instantly feel the atmosphere. It’s giving color and GAY, which so happen to be 2 of my favorite things. The coffee was DELICIOUS, flavor kept getting better with each sip (decaf iced lavender latte with oat milk). One of the baristas let me know of their full gluten free options and days that if I wanted some, I’d need to come early. They also have it noted on the pastry case that GF is stored elsewhere and to ask! I’m excited to stop in tomorrow for a sandwich! My celiac tastebuds are watering 🙈

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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The coffee was delightful, and I didn’t notice any cross-contamination of the coffee. It tasted like a light-medium roast espresso, so it wasn’t super bitter. They didn’t have a gluten free menu, however they had baked treats marked, and seemed pretty cautious and accommodating when communicating about safety needs!

They also had a sticker wall and other goodies including art prints for sale. It’s a lovely shop, and it’s likely to become a regular spot for me!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 5 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Drifter is the absolute best. I am a very symptomatic celiac, eating out is just not something I can do without getting sick regardless of all the preparations and proper communication. I have never once gotten sick from the gluten free treats at Drifter. While they do not have a dedicated gluten free kitchen they offer many GF items and take precautions to minimize cross contact where they can. 10/10

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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EDIT 7/6/2023: the owner has heard our pleas and they now keep the gf items separate!

This is my favorite coffee shop in the area, and they make in house pastries! All of their syrups, coffee, tea are gf and their gf pastries are marked. I come at least once a week and have never been sick. They offer dairy free milk and the gf pastries are usually vegan as well.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Drifter is a great atmosphere, but I would only get coffee here as a celiac. I had one of their gluten-free doughnuts and realized they were touching other gluten-containing bakery items after I had taken a bite.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I did not end up being able to order anything. I was told that everything would be cross-contaminated.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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