By Mark Dryer
I love my morning cup of coffee. Actually, I need my morning cup of coffee. I’ve used a Keurig brewing system for many years, both at home and the office. But recently I decided to elevate the experience. So I purchased a grinder and French press and went in search of the best beans that are freshly roasted right here along the lakeshore. Here’s what I found.
Good Brothers Coffee
Freshly roasted coffee delivered to your doorstep. Good Brothers roasts on a fluid bed air roaster, which means less acidity for people with sensitive stomachs. It’s cleaner, with no hydrocarbons or charring.
Easy online ordering:
Select your coffee – Look at the coffee descriptions to determine what fits your taste.
Your order is roasted – Beans are roasted fresh daily 24/7 around the clock so you can have the freshest coffee possible.
Your order is shipped – Your freshly roasted coffee is shipped in a one-way valve sealed bag to your doorstep and often arrives in 1-3 business days.
Subscriptions are available.
Order online at goodbrotherscoffee.com
Uncommon Coffee Roasters
Douglas & Saugatuck
Uncommon Coffee Roasters is a small batch specialty coffee roaster that works closely with coffee producers to better understand their products, sourcing green coffee globally and traveling to the origin whenever possible.
UCR takes pride celebrating diversity, giving back and sustainability. Their goal is to provide a variety of delicious and unique coffees and coffee products to as many people as they can while creating and maintaining sustainable partnerships with customers, coffee producers and everyone in between.
Visit the cafe year round at 127 Hoffman Street in downtown Saugatuck.
Order online at uncommoncoffeeroasters.com
Lumbertown Coffee Co.
Lumbertown Coffee Co. works with a few select importers to insure a supply of ethically-sourced, sustainable green coffee beans. This means a great cup of coffee for you and a livable wage for coffee farmers!
They put their minds together to bring you the most delicious, fresh roasted coffee in a state-of-the-art, zero-emissions, award-winning Bellwether Roaster. This state-of-the-art coffee roaster is the most thermally-stable and precise commercial roaster in existence. With a revolutionary air purifying system, it produces zero emissions. And great tasting coffee.
For a fresh-brewed cup, stop by Drip Drop Drink Cafe, downtown Muskegon’s original coffee spot, at 926 Second Street.
Order online at lumbertowncoffee.com
Muskegon & Grand Haven
Aldea is a fully integrated coffee company, from their non-profit in the mountains of Honduras, to their roastery in Muskegon Heights and cafes along the coast of Lake Michigan. They work with individual farmers seeking to develop, grow, and process some of the world’s most unique and intimately sourced specialty coffee.
Aldea cafes are located at Northtown 794 on Pine Street in Muskegon, and the historic Armory Building, 117 Washington Avenue, in downtown Grand Haven.
Visit their website to find coffees, teas, gift sets, equipment, merchandise, gift cards, subscriptions, clubs and brewing guides.
Order online at aldeacoffee.com
Simpatico’s beans are imported from the mountainous rural states of southern Mexico, long known for producing some of the world’s best tasting coffee.
Roasting and packaging is done at their headquarters in Holland, Michigan. The coffee beans are roasted to order in small batches in a low emissions Revelation roaster, one of the most efficient in the world. This means that they are the freshest possible when shipped to you.
There are two Simpatico Coffee Joints in Holland, 714 Michigan Avenue and 975 Butternut Drive, where you can enjoy a freshly brewed cup and find whole beans for purchase.
You can also find Simpatico Coffee at local stores like Nature’s Market, Central Park Market, Family Fare, D&W, Demond’s Super Valu, Farmhouse Deli and Kismet Farm Bakery.
Order online at simpatiocoffee.com
Magnum Coffee Roastery
Check out Magnum’s high quality, whole bean gourmet coffee selection. From the darkest roast, Painted Black, to a medium roast, Colombian Supremo, to flavored coffees, they can grind the beans to your specifications.
Java Boulevard, also known as ”Magnum Coffee House” is located at 1 Java Boulevard in Nunica.
They offer a delicious array of specialty drinks including espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, teas and chai, along with frozen coffee beverages and fruit smoothies. Their signature drink – the Magnum Mocha – features an irresistible combination of coffee, chocolate, caramel and whipped cream!
Order online at javaboulevard.com