Populace named best coffee in Michigan

By: Carter Houtman, reporter

Populace Coffee was recently named best coffee in Michigan by MLive. Populace, being its own roaster, has the ability to hand-select the best coffee that they have imported, making sure that their customers get the best they can offer.

Populace Coffee was named the best place in Michigan to get a cup of coffee. March 29, 2018. Bay City, Mich. (Delta Collegiate/Jaylie Dice)

On Thursday, the Collegiate had an opportunity to interview Meg Seifferly. Meg, a barista at Populace, said that she thought one of the main reasons that Populace was chosen best coffee in Michigan was “the fact that Populace is not only a coffee shop but also a roaster made it stand out.”

“We also sell our coffee roasts to a lot of other coffee shops in Michigan and also ship it nationwide. I think [Andrew, the owner,] has been getting our name out there as a roaster for a while, and now that we have our own retail space, a lot of our customers are excited to come in and experience it,” Seifferly says.

One of the interesting things about this coffee shop is that Populace never has the same coffee roasts. Their main supplier, Cafe Imports, has different coffee beans from different areas of the world.

A Populace Coffee barista prepares caffeinated drinks for customers. March 29, 2018. Bay City, Mich. (Delta Collegiate/Jaylie Dice)

“Our house blend stays relatively the same, but our single origins change a lot. We get all of our coffee beans from all of the main coffee-producing countries, like Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Indonesia, which is really fun for us, because we get to rotate what we’re serving all the time,” says Seifferly.

A Populace Coffee barista prepares caffeinated drinks for customers. March 29, 2018. Bay City, Mich. (Delta Collegiate/Jaylie Dice)

In the future, Populace is looking forward to the opening of its second retail space in the Wurlitzer Building in Detroit. In addition to that, a rumor is surfacing that some of Populace’s baristas, like Seifferly, will be sent abroad to coffee-producing countries to build relationships with their farmers.

Seifferly says: “[Andrew] wants to create a more sustainable system, and showcasing that [to the customers] is something that is important to Populace.”

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