Who We Are
"We" is really just one guy, for now, living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love all things coffee and I love Small Business. Think of me as a small business cheer leader.
I love the Independent spirit embodied in the small business owner. The people who love what they do, and have a drive in themselves to reject the idea that success is working for "the man", or becoming a "corporate drone". They embrace their dreams and do whatever it takes to make those dreams a reality. As a small business owner myself, I have a sense of theirs dreams, and the struggles they go through to make something amazing, and then share with their local community.
But the real hero in Michigan's coffee culture, is the people who pass by the Starbucks and Tim Hortons of the world, in order to visit the independent coffee shops everyday and buy locally roasted coffee beans for their homes. This website if for them, and hopefully to inspire others to discover that local really is better.
MIcoffee.org will build the most comprehensive directory of Michigan coffeehouses and roasters. Built for people, by people. We include all Independent, non-franchised, Michigan owned coffee businesses. We will promote Michigan's coffee businesses, large and small, for the good of our State and the good of Small Business Owners in Michigan's coffee industry. We will be the go-to place for people looking to support their local coffee business.
How did we get here
In 2010 I had just moved back to Grand Rapids after a 2 year stint in Cincinnati Ohio and was looking for a new coffeehouse my friend Linda and I could call our own. So I turned on the "Googleizer" to see what I could find. Sadly, it wasn't much, and what I did find didn't really help me decide if I wanted to visit a particular place. The "reviews" I found were sorely lacking vital information. "I love this place" just didn't cut it for me. I wanted to know more! I wanted to read something that made me want to go there. It occurred to me, I was going to have to be the one to take up the task of blindly visiting as many local coffeehouses I could find and writing quality reviews.
Until now, July of 2017, we were "Steven & Linda's Coffeehouse Review", but that model wasn't setting well with me. It didn't have the focus I wanted. So back to the drawing board I went and hence, micoffee.org was born.
The future is unwritten, but it's also exciting! I am looking forward to the day when there are more independent coffee shops than same-ol same-ol corporate cookie-cutter chain stores. yuk!
Make our mission, your mission
You are invited to help create the greatest resource for people in search of great coffee in Michigan!
Here's the gist, if it interests you, then chances are, it will interest someone else. A lot of someone elses!
You don't have to be a published author to write a great story. And it doesn't need to be very long either. Just use your own words, as if you were telling a friend about this great new place you found. It's pretty much that simple.