Monthly Archives: May 2014

Beezy’s Cafe, Ypsilanti, Michigan

My travels this week to me to Beezy’s Cafe in downtown Ypsilanti, MI. Beezy's Cafe 20 Washington, StreetI’ve had a few meetups at Beezy’s in the past and the staff has always been superbly accommodating and friendlier than all get out, and today was no exception. When I asked for coffee options, they told me, without shame, that their espresso machine had recently relinquished life and that my options were brewed coffee and brewed coffee. So while pumping my brew of their Chicago based Intelligentsia Coffee I quipped to them about my coffee blog Brewtoria and my desire to take a few photos. The team quickly assembled for this prize fighter pose.

Beezy's Team

The Beezy’s vibe wails of some serious vintage chill, from the mismatched 70’s furniture, to the library tables for laser focus studying or work.  My presence in Beezy’s seems to lower my vital readings of both respiration and blood pressure.

Part of a growing hipster scene in Ypsilanti, Beezy’s is easily accessed in downtown Ypsi with plenty of free parking in back, or surface street parking along Washington Avenue in the front.  I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out for Beezy’s local cuisine.  Soups, salads, and sandwiches abound here.  i am particularly fond of their Barbecue Bacon Chicken Salad  (yes I said bacon) and their Cajun Chicken Soup, however I don’t think you could really go wrong with anything on the menu.

IMG_20140506_095334Check out Beezy’s, the coffee is deluxe and refills abound here.  The tea is also pretty amazing with “old fashioned” style of sweetener that only your southern aunt knows how to make!

Chazzano Coffee Roasters, Ferndale Michigan

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.Chazzano Coffee Roasters

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.