As many of you may have already read, we will be opening our 2nd stand-alone store front at the end of December at 1335 S. University in Ann Arbor. We couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity to grow in the Burns Park and UM Campus neighborhoods! Cozy yet modern, we think this space fits our personality perfectly. And, since it’s not that big, you’ll get to see many of the same wonderful Mighty Good barista staff working here and at our Main St. Mother Ship. We’ll have all of the favorites including the ubiquitous Brown Sugar Sea Salt and Sea Salt Cocoa lattes along with our daily drip and manual brew methods.
We’ll be opening the doors on December 27th with hours of 8 am – 3 pm during the remainder of the holiday break, then 7 am – 5 pm when school resumes in early January. As the daylight hours start to lengthen, we’ll likely stay open into the evenings when you’ll be able to enjoy a frothy Nitro Cold Brew starts to flow from the tap.
We look forward to serving you in the new year so please, stop by and say hello and grab a cup to start your day, or savor an afternoon treat and watch the world of Ann Arbor go by our windows.
Ah, the holiday season is upon us once again. And while we like to use this time to reflect on how thankful we are of all the abundance in our lives, it’s also the time many of us start our holiday shopping. With that in mind, here are some things for the coffee lover in your life that can make the holiday season even warmer and more delicious. AND, in celebration of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, all brewing equipment will be 10% off through the weekend.
Our staff can help guide you to the perfect pairing of beans and brewing device to get the most our of your coffee and make the holiday season all that more enjoyable.
Select from Aeropress, Bodum, Bonavita, Chemex, Hario and our own line of Mighty Good Coffee mugs, hats and t-shirts.
Bodum Burr Grinder
Friday, December 5th during the downtown Ann Arbor Midnight Madness, we’ll be launching our first Brillig Dry Bar event. Small plates of food, non-alcoholic drinks and coffee from the Mighty Good Coffee bar. Live jazz with the Lenny Swanson Trio throughout the evening.
Stay tuned for more info and the menu.
This week, we introduced a coffee that is the latest in our experiments that had been sitting on the back burner for quite some time. While I’d read about people aging coffee in anything from whiskey to beer to wine barrels, I knew that the practice was not that wide spread nor something that there was a lot of documentation on either. I also didn’t know whether this was gimmick or reality in how aging coffee in a barrel previously used for aging spirits would really affect the coffee as the roasting process it seemed could negate any of the effects of the aging.
So, after procuring a small whiskey barrel, began the process. we decided on a specific coffee, Brazil Cerrado. We let the very wet barrel dry for several days, then loaded it up with the green coffee and began the process of aging which requires moving the barrel around consistently for days to ensure that all the beans have the opportunity to absorb the moisture and aromatics from the barrel evenly. Finally, after several weeks, the coffee had softened, swelled and reached a water stable water content that was not likely to increase further. However, roasting beans this wet would not result in an even or predictable roast. A process of drum and air drying took yet another two days before roasting could begin.
Finally, the time had arrived to test a batch in the roaster. The computer logging software I use would carefully track each second and tenth of a degree in roast temperature. Adjusting the flame to get a gentle rise in bean temperature was required to carefully being the roast without damaging beans that were more damp than the usual. Imagine a marshmallow on a stick over an open fire and you’ll get the picture.
As the roast progressed, we used not only the data being logged through the computer to judge the coffee, but sense of smell, sound and sight to make the final judgement on the roast level. Roasted coffee has a certain point where the smell starts to subtly change to a sweetness indicating the caramelization of the sugars. It’s our job as roasters to determine the balance of that sweetness and not go beyond the point where the sugars become darker and eventually start to brown or even burn. In the case of our barrel aged coffee, maintaining a light roast was important so as not to burn off any of the effects from the barrel.
And then… We had to wait a full 24 hours for the coffee to rest before tasting is. Hard to go given the empoyees excitement all around the cafe after waiting more than two weeks to try this coffee. The result? Wow is all we can say. As an espresso, the flavor of the whiskey is apparent in both the aroma and flavor. Notes of fresh baked banana bread also come to mind in all our staff tastings. Even when blended with milk in a cappuccino, the flavor still comes through. We’re still in the process of discovery too. Different brew methods are yielding different flavors. So far, the staff favorite for this coffee is the Aeropress with Chemex running a close second. We’ve even started packing this coffee in mason jars so you can take the beans home and experiment yourself.
This week, we procured a second barrel to ensure a steady flow of this latest coffee treasure throughout the holiday season this year. What will be next? Stay tuned.
This is why I love the coffee! The local barista community gathered on this past Thursday night at Mighty Good Coffee for a latte art throwdown, otherwise known as a TNT. In head to head competition, baristas made their best lattes with a panel of judges deciding who would move to the next round and eventually into the finals.
This particular TNT was held as a fundraiser for Ozone House, a local teen shelter in Ann Arbor that has been young people lead safe and productive lives since 1969.
Shops represented were Mighty Good, Comet, Ugly Mug, Argus Farm Stop, Common Cup, Commonwealth, Café Verde and Zingerman’s. Heather Steenrod from Ozone House was the guest judge who sat through 26 rounds of competition until the winner, Rachel Duchene from The Ugly Mug was declared the winner. All entrants and guests paid a fee at the door with 100% of the $340 raised going to Ozone House. That amount represents the cost of housing an at risk teen for 7 full days, which includes not only shelter and meals, but counseling services as well.
Prizes, food and drink were all donated by the participating shops and The Corner Brewery provided craft beer as well.