Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | November 18, 2008

Beans And Brew

The first weekend of October, my wife and I spent a couple of nights in picturesque Traverse City, Michigan. Our motel room directly overlooked a starkly beautiful east arm of the Grand Traverse Bay. I like this area perhaps more so in the fall than any other time of year; the crowds are gone, the air is fresh, and the surroundings serene.

We left town on Sunday morning to run around the Leelanau Peninsula—which is the little “pinky finger” of Michigan—for a fun-filled afternoon of peninsula prospecting before heading back to our home in Spring Lake, Michigan, about three hours south. My goal was to get all of the preliminaries out of the way (the shopping, the eating, the sightseeing) and then strike out for our final destination in Glen Arbor for the main event—the main event was, of course, a latte at Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company.

Earlier in the day, I had checked on the closing time for the coffee place and found that they closed at 5:00 pm. I then tried to plan our day around arriving in Glen Arbor, Michigan (home of the coffee roaster) before they closed. At about 4:30 pm, we found ourselves somewhere along highway M-22 between Suttons Bay and Glen Arbor, moving as quickly across country as we could and wondering if we would get there in time.

As it turned out, we walked in the door at about 4:55 pm. We had accomplished our goal. We enjoyed our delicious hot beverages, bought a couple of merchandise items, and then we were on our way home—now completely satisfied with our trip!

By the way, several years ago we purchased (at bargain basement prices) several woven coffee sacks from Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company, and they continue in use as welcoming mats at our front door—and when I say front door, I mean the end of a long, elevated cedar walkway overlooking some magnificent woods and a beautiful, winding creek. Those coffee bags are a great reminder of some great coffee from a quaint little coffee shop and roastery in Northern Michigan. Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company is one of my many favorite little corners of the world. Now, how is that for an advertisement!


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