Northern Michigan’s growing coffee scene includes a number of roasters—shops sourcing and then roasting their own beans in-house vs. buying them ready-to-brew from wholesalers. Check out these 20 boutique roasters creating nuanced coffees throughout the North, from Traverse City and Bellaire to the Upper Peninsula.
Fortunate Coffee Co.
Traverse City | Fortunate Website
Fortunate Coffee Co. is the current iteration of what many folks came to know as BLK MRKT Coffee, Chuck Korson’s beloved roaster formerly located in the Warehouse District of Traverse City. Products are now sold online only.
Higher Grounds Coffee
Traverse City | Higher Grounds Website
One of Northern Michigan’s most well-known, community-centric, socially conscious roasters. Located at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
Photo by Nick Loud
Les Cheneaux Coffee Roasters
Cedarville | Les Cheneaux Website
A small-batch coffee roaster located on the uniquely beautiful shores of northern Lake Huron.
Owl Eye Coffee
Cadillac | Owl Eye Website
Cadillac native Aaron Fekete brings his far-reaching coffee knowledge to a new shop downtown. Fekete entered the industry as a barista at the age of 13, and since then has worked at seven different coffee shops. While in college, Fekete spent time in Uganda and later lived in Bangladesh, working as a roaster.
Photo by Nick Loud
Rinco Bros Coffee Roasters
Glen Arbor | Rinco Bros Website
Small batch coffee roaster that sources and roasts high-quality beans. With a tagline of “Elevating the Art of Coffee,” it’s fitting that you can find them seasonally inside the Lake Street Art Studios building or you can purchase their coffee year-round online.
Stockist Coffee Company
Traverse City | Stockist Website
This roaster is served at some of the best local food joints in Traverse City, and is now laying claim to a popular canned cold brew tailor-made for Northern Michigan summers.
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