Mighty Good Coffee is about more than just the great fresh roasted coffee. It’s also about our great staff that brews your cup at the cafe or delivers it to your home or business. Want to join us, drop us a line of drop off a resume.
Dana Blaisdell, Cafe Manager/Barista Trainer/Events: Dana’s resume list 7 years of coffee experience along with the heading Coffee Professional. We took that very seriously when she announced her return to Ann Arbor after a 3 year stint in the self indulgent coffee Mecca of Portland. Aside from coffee, she’s well versed in Roots music and English literature.
Fionn Pooler, Assistant Manager – Barista: He’s from Scotland, raised in England, has a dual passport thanks to his dear dad and ended up at Mighty Good Coffee via The Michigan and State Theaters where he still maintains the level of employment necessary to catch a free movie from time to time. When not brewing coffee or taking movie tickets, you can find Fionn on the indoor football field (soccer that is) and as many have already discovered, the English Premier League is a favorite discussion topic when he’s on the bar.
Heidi Madagame, Barista: MGC is Heidi’s first foray into the professional work of coffee. We tried to talk her out of it, scare her away and quiz her endlessly on a variety of topics that could have given us cause to not give her the chance to move from home barista to the bar at 217 N. Main St. But in the end, she persevered with a resolve more formidable that we could have imagined. When not brewing coffee, Heidi is immersed music whether it’s singing Bellini’s “Capuleti e i Montecchi” or DJ’ing at WCBM.
Dani McUmber, Barista: After 7+ years of working at the Saline, MI coffee institution, The Drowsy Parrot, Dani took several years off to pursue a cosmetology degree and a career in that field. Now in the middle of launching her own salon, she decided that a move back to coffee could ease her transition into business owner. We’re happy that she decided to make serving coffee a part of her life and that of our customers while her concurrent journey as salon owner evolves concurrently.
Maggie Zeman, Barista: After many years in high end food and wine service, Maggie decided to take a good long look at the world of coffee. While not seemingly as broad of an area to focus on, she’s quickly discovering the depth of information and sensory overload that coffee has to offer.
Nick Jurich, Barista/Production: A former Peace Corps volunteer, Nick’s fascination with coffee was formed by his service in the Huehuetanango region of Guatemala. He maintains contact with people in Moqlil Chiquito, the village he lived in for two years. Nick has also established a scholarship fund for Simon Mateo, a high school student in the village so that he can one day become a teacher. For more information of to make a donation, visit http://supportruralguatemala.org/ . It’s also been noted the Nick bears resemblance to the Brawny Paper Towel man. Judge for yourself…
Lenny Swanson, Wholesale Manager: Len was MGC employee #1 back when we started in 2006 and he was still playing jazz at Community High. Now a graduate of The University of Oregon (Religious Studies), he’s back in Ann Arbor and managing our wholesale customer base throughout southeastern Michigan. He’s also back playing jazz locally and mentors in the youth program at the Zen Temple.
Rob Martens: Rob is our renaissance man. A true artisan’s passion for learning, exploring and perfecting coffee, not to mention retirement, is what drew Rob to Mighty Good. He’s also well versed in studio music recording, bee keeping, maple syrup making, spiritual meditation, snowboarding, skiing, right defense on the ice rink and probably more that we haven’t even learned yet. Rob’s excitement for coffee is infectious, even to those of us who’ve been here for a while. And man is that great!
Paul Alman, Demolition Man: Paul, also known as the Grand Pubah of bicycle racing in Michigan, supports our retail partners with in store demonstrations.
David Myers, Roaster/Owner: From art school to coffee roasting, David has described the art of roasting coffee in terms that Ansel Adams or Edward Weston would appreciate. Time, temperature, acute senses, passion and precision. Along with the careful selection of the beans, the roasted coffee is transformed into espresso drinks, fine single origins, complex blends that fill your senses with the stimulating pleasure of the best coffee he can make. David is a Specialty Coffee Association of America Certified Barista, Lead Instructor and a member of the Roasters Guild. David is deeply committed to the local food and retail movement and has served on board of Think Local First, a Washtenaw County advocacy group.
We’re Always Looking! Every week or so, pallets of coffee from all over the world come in our back door. We spend a lot of time perfecting each one, sampling roasts as a staff in preparation for bringing them to our customers. Each will be cupped and brewed using a variety of methods. Each staff member will have a chance to be a part of the process from green to cup. Notes from everyone on our staff will be compiled so our customers have a broad sense of what we think and what we value. This process is repeated frequently. We are what we roast, we ride our own coat tails and stand behind what we do and how we do it. Want to be a part of it? Have the buds and ability to verbally express what you can taste?
There are no current openings. Job applications are always accepted.