Took a ride on a cold and blustery Saturday morning in pursuit of some Milan Coffee Works, Hi-Fi dark roast coffee. MCW is a small nano roaster with a small coffee operation in nearby Milan, Michigan. I first sampled their “Hi-Fi” dark roast back in September and fell in love with chocolate richness. On my trip I was test riding a Craigslist pickup from the fall, a vintage Sears Free Spirit maroon 10-speed bicycle.
Here’s some pics from the ride and my adventure mapped out on here on Strava. Author’s note: It helps to have functional brakes when you’re heading out beyond the neighborhood court.
I recently met a friend for coffee and he suggested we try Chazzano Coffee Roasters on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, Michigan. As I opened my door to head into the shop, I was met by a heavenly emanation of roasted coffee beans. I’ve become rather accustomed to this odor as my wife and I have been running a roasting R&D lab out of our kitchen and garage for several years now, so my pace quickened in anticipation of my forthcoming coffee encounter.
Walking into the busy cafe, I noticed several patrons who carried their Sunday morning caffeination into the early afternoon. The scenery was a coffee lover’s dream. Shelves of industrial French Presses in escalating sizes, ceramic pour overs, and of course….hissing espresso machines attended by expert baristas. After having a seat at a stainless steel high top with waffled corrugated steel walls, I was approached by a kind and gentle barista who after an exchange of pleasantries, and admiration of his urban chambray cap, walked me through the various roast options and brew methods common to the operation. I settled on a French Press of their Ethiopia Mokasida, single origin and was so charmed and gratified that I invested in a half-pound of their Full City to go.
If you’re looking for an ideal landing place for a future confab over brewed coffee, espresso, or anything in between check out Chazzano Coffee Roasters on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale.