Coffee Cupping Event

Last month Infusco held it’s first Coffee Cupping in the shop, and it was a great success! Ticket buyers had a great time exploring the look, feel, and flavor of many different coffee beans and blends. If you came out for this fun evening, Infusco thanks you! If not, be sure to join us next time!

Rich

Smelling

Tasting

Between rounds of coffee tasting, Jeff and Tammi Brown shared about the work they will be doing in Costa Rica, which the coffee cupping helped to support. Ronny and Kari Silva also shared what they will be doing when they return to Peru. You can learn more about both families and their goals in our previous post.

Browns

Silvas

Everyone in attendance was invited into the back room of the shop, where all of Infusco’s beans are roasted. Rich fired up a batch and showed examples of the coffee beans when they are received from the farms, before they are roasted.

Roaster

Coffee Beans

Roasting

After roasting, the beans turn a lovely brown, which was seen at the counter in both whole bean and ground forms during the cupping.

Espresso Beans

Espresso Grounds

Drawing Prize

One lucky winner took home an Infusco shirt and diner mug, both of which are for sale in the coffee shop, and every one enjoyed these delicious snacks and desserts from Bit of Swiss Bakery.

Bit of Swiss

Dessert

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Barista Series: Kari

Kari

Q: Where are you from?

A: Here. (Sawyer.)

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working at Infusco?

A: People. The employees I work with and getting to talk to people coming in.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in the area that you would recommend to people from out of town, or anyone that hasn’t done it?

A: Going hunting for beach glass on the beach.

Q: What’s something big in your life that you’d like to share?

A: I released my first published book! There are copies for sale in the shop, and if I’m working I’ll sign it for you! (Find out more at Kari’s website.)

Q: And your favorite coffee drink?

A: Latte with no flavoring.

Barista Series: Cheryl

Cheryl

Q: Where are you from?

A: Baroda, Michigan.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Infusco?

A: The people that come in. I like to build relationships with the regulars.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the area that you would recommend to visitors or people who have never done it?

A: Well, for families, at the Saint Joseph bluff there’s the carousel and museum. The Curious Kids Museum is really great, and Discovery Zone is on Silver Beach – it’s for older kids.

Q: What is something big in your life that you’d like to share?

A: August 17-24th I’ll be in Las Vegas for the National Poole Championship! We won a free trip there, room and board, when we won regionals.

Q: What is your favorite coffee drink?

A: A soy hazelnut latte, or a chocolate covered strawberry coffee.

 

Barista Series: Hannah

Hannah

Q: Where are you from?

A: Waverly, Ohio. But now Sawyer.

Q: What’s your favorite part of working at Infusco?

A: I like that Sawyer is growing into something and since I live here I get to be a part of that growth that Infusco is contributing to.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in the are that you’d recommend to visitors or anyone who hasn’t done it?

A: I like all the antique shops. I like that I can drive in any direction for twenty minutes and find unique shops and antique stores. And I can pick fruit wherever I want.

Q: What’s something big in your life that you’d like to share?

A: I just bought a house in Sawyer! And I have the most adorable dog.

Q: Your favorite coffee drink?

A: Cold brew black coffee.

Support Locally Grown…

Locally Grown

 

If you’ve been to visit our shop in Sawyer (and if you haven’t you should!) you might have noticed these fun shirts for sale on the merchandise table. For those who don’t know what they are, aside from the impression of a man’s hairy face, the message of these shirts is to Support Locally Grown Facial Hair. A clever play on words, these shirts make a great conversation starter for anyone who wears them!

On a serious note, the creator of these shirts, Wade, was recently in a bad work-related accident. He’s going to be out of commission for a bit. Wade is a great friend of Infusco, so we’d love it if you came over and took some of his merchandise home! If wearing eyebrows and a beard on your shirt isn’t your thing, Wade also hand carves wooden rings which are also available in the Infusco shop.

So next time you stop in for coffee, Support Locally Grown Facial Hair, too, and bring some good news to a friend of a friend.

Barista Series: Preston

Preston

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Bridgman, MI.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working at Infusco?

A: The people. This job is a great opportunity for my extrovert side to come out. It’s great to talk with people about coffee.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in the area that you think visitors or anyone who’s never done it should try?

A: Go look at gardens and farms. There’s a lot of use of the land around here. U-pick farms, wine tastings, land-based activities like that.

Q: What’s something big in your life that you’d want to share?

A: I recently started working at a sustainable cow farm that raises 100% grass-fed beef cows. I like the consistency of farm life.

Q: What’s your favorite coffee drink?

A: Light roast chemex brewed coffee. I drink it black.

Barista Series: Sylvia

We’d like to take some time to introduce to you the wonderful baristas who serve your coffee every day! Stay tuned for more.

Sylvia

Q: Where are you from?

A: Originally Chicago, but I’ve spent summers in Sawyer forever.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Infusco?

A: The coffee, the people, the whole atmosphere. It’s really friendly, and we get to educate people about coffee and learn new things about how to make coffee. It’s very different from Starbucks!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in the area that you think visitors or anyone who’s never done it should try?

A: I like spending time at the beach, but I actually surf. Most people don’t know you can do that on the lakes. I also play music at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks – they have open mics on Tuesday nights.

Q: What’s something big in your life that you’d want to share?

A: I’m about to release and EP! I’ve been recording in Grand Rapids this past winter, and it comes out in two weeks. It’s indie rock – title TBA – and it’ll be sold in the shop!

Q: What’s your favorite coffee drink?

A: Ethiopian Sidamo pour over. I also like, from the secret menu, iced dirty chai, which is chai and milk with espresso.

Q: What else should people know about the secret menu?

A: We can pretty much make anything! With espresso.