A steaming cup of coffee is the perfect way to wake up in the morning, and a new coffee shop on 5th Street in Calumet is showing how you can brew a better-than-average cup of joe.
From biodegradable coffee bags to a six-pound bean roaster, owners Valerie Baciak and Nate Shuttleworth of Keweenaw Coffee Works strive to convert Copper Country coffee drinkers into coffee connoisseurs.
â??We're really a learning facility to learn more about coffee,â?? said Baciak. â??It's not just, 'I'm having my cup of joe in the morning.' It's what it takes to make that cup of coffee from the crop to the cup.â??
Beans shipped from small farms all over the world create roasts like Da North Woods, So Suomi, and the classic Yooper Blend, merging together natural flavors and the essence of the U.P.
â??The flavor is generally already in there from the soil, to the altitude, to the process in which it's dried, and then I just roast it as best I can to respect the bean,â?? said Shuttleworth.
â??A lot of our branding is really inspired by the people and the location,â?? Baciak added. â??Not only are we serving an excellent cup of coffee, but we're instilling that good old Yooper pride in our brand.â??
The roast profile of the beans depends on a couple of different things, whether you want a light roast, a medium roast, or a dark roast. Obviously, if you wanted a darker roast, you would know to keep it in the roaster for a little bit longer, but you can also listen to the beans as well.
After they've been in there for a little while, they start to crack a little bit, letting you know that they're ready to come out of the roaster.
Whether by French press or coffee drip, Baciak said she hopes the shop will grow to be a premiere provider of coffee.
â??The artist aspect of roasting the coffee is what really got us passionate about wanting to be coffee roasters; get to know the public a little bit, work with them one on one, and introduce what coffee is supposed to be all about,â?? Baciak said.
Keweenaw Coffee Works will have its grand opening Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit their website here .