The special Tuesday started off slow. Mother nature blasted thru with every patron who swung the door. Steam wands hissed, tampers tamped, the intoxicating smell of Roos being roast, ground, dosed and brewed gave way to a packed house. Banter, chatter fingers tapping and sliding on slippery pads.
The espresso was creamy and steam built on the windows. People were talking in elevated levels. The Rebirth Jazz Band set the tone. That’s when we found out we were in the running for mlive’s best coffee shop in Michigan.
Who knew? (thank you fans!)
New customers, Wifi, Spotify, electrify, Roosify! (this coffee is powerful stuff) We were actually moving up the polls, photographers snapping photos, lines out the door, we saw our building on the internet, and our picture in an online article.
Still, Zack Harlow and Kaitlin kept turning out the finest roasts and packaging these special beans. Byron kept on delivering and demoing. Lily kept on screen-printing, Zach “CH” and Sofia, handled the bar, Grant and Anna kept music apropriate and latte artistic. Katie got it right, blasting out serious social media.
Greg worked the numbers, answered emails, picked up the phone and deciphered my handwritten notes.
Joy’s hair was perfect as she contentedly calculated keeping us in the black for another week.
Molly made careful preparations for the Ann Arbor Farmers Market calculating coffee amounts, freeze points, and pump pot dynamics for Fetco brewing.
Together we were all so excited to have so much warmth from the local spotlight directed our way.
Thanks to all of YOU for making our work possible.
Keep driving the votes. (HERE’S HOW!) (It’s the longest election process in the history of the first world but it’s for the good of the coffee and the caffeination of the community.)
See you in the morning.
Remaining your faithful purveyor of fine coffee.