I am one blessed and thankful business owner!

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve coffee at Journeyman Distillery for the Artisan Market.  As I drove back to our coffee shop after the long day on my feet I was struck by a handful of things, some simple (my feet really hurt!)  and some things requiring more thought and response.  This blog is a result of the things requiring more response.

I love to drive and most of the time when I drive I quickly grow bored with the standard route and so I take lots of detours. Saturday night’s detour involved Flynn road and a mental detour.  As my mind wandered I was caught by the days events mostly marked by the people who walked through the door at Journeyman.  One by one I was greeted by people, some I knew by name, seeing them so regularly over the last three years that I was also greeted with a hug and others I only know by seeing their face regularly in our coffee shop.  But when I take both of those groups of people I already feel very fortunate and blessed to be part of a community that we know as Sawyer, MI.  But my thoughts went on from there…

I met a number of people that I didn’t know at all, that informed me that they had been in our coffee shop even earlier that morning or afternoon and then had come over to Journeyman to check out the Artisan market.  This affected me also, because I realize that I live and own a business in a community that believes in and supports small businesses, not just mine.  I owe all of you a great debt of gratitude for your faithfulness and support over the past three or four years, from coffee sampling in the tap room at Greenbush, to the extreme heat and rain of the two summers of the Coffee Cart and finally to this past summer in our brick and mortar coffee shop, I thank all of you.

There is one final group that blesses me.  This group is our staff, they serve out at the counter, behind the espresso machine and in the back, next to the roaster every day.  Infusco would not be what it is today without each of these individuals and there are not words to express what each of them mean to me personally and how they affect the product that we gather around every day.

Coffee for me is not just a wonderful drink that I love, but a medium that allows me to connect and interact with a community that has been gracious enough to let me join it’s rank and share in its growth. Thank you, thank you and again thank you!

Sincerely,

Rich Siri

Owner / Bean Burner

Infusco Coffee Roasters

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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

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.