12 and Telegraph

Coffee and writing have, for the most part, always been important to me albeit not always at the same time. When I was growing up I wrote all the time and kept doing so all the way into college where I majored in English. In  college all the sophisticated types, whether intellectual or not, drank coffee. Lots of it. I couldn’t stand the stuff.

As I was figuring out what in the world I was going to do with my English degree post-graduation I started pouring coffee as a new team member, or barista, as they’re now known (I think), at a small local company (that ended up getting a lot bigger). It’s safe to say I picked up (and have continued) a pretty intense coffee habit during my time at the company but as my coffee drinking increased my writing pretty much stopped altogether. Over my six years there I worked in the stores, dabbled in real estate (which allowed me to spend a good chunk of time in Detroit where I discovered the Star Deli on 12 and Telegraph), and I when I left I was a “financial analyst” which was a title that I kind of made up. But at no point during my tenure did I do much writing which my over-caffeinated brain found bothersome.

Now that I’ve been in my current career for twelve years I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that creative writing just isn’t something that people do in their everyday jobs. Clearly there are jobs out there where writing is core to one’s profession, a writer for instance, but there aren’t too many of them. I mean I write every day, a lot, but the majority of what I write are notes I’m taking while talking to folks on the phone. Not terribly creative stuff.

Which is a long way of saying I may have found my next calling, roasting coffee. My best friend owns Dogwood Coffee Company and they honestly roast some of the best coffee I’ve ever had. It’s insane how good it is. But the cherry on top are the handwritten notes they make during the roasting process.

Every micro varietal gets a different treatment and every batch is, by definition, a little different based on a zillion factors. Most of it is inside baseball to me now but I’m a decent learner so perhaps someday the combination of writing and coffee may feature even more prominently in my day-to-day goings on.

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