Coffee and Community

A cupful helps wake us up... powers us through the day... and is a way of life for some.

Join us as we take you inside capital region coffee spots -- from brewing secrets, to new spots, to diverse ways of enjoying the drink.

A street view of Blue Owl Coffee.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Katie Cook takes us to Blue Owl Coffee, which just opened up in REO Town. She talks with co-owner Nick Berry about the role he hopes their shop will play in the neighborhood.


Brooke Allen / WKAR-MSU

A retired computer engineer and a retired opera singer operate the Blue Hat Coffee Gallery in Coldwater, Michigan.  


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Check out our interview and picture gallery of Biggby Coffee Headquarters in East Lansing during an interview with Co President and CEO Bob Fish. 

Whitney Dedic / Foster Coffee Company

Foster Coffee Company in Owosso traces its roots to a rock band life and its future to being a community center. 


Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

While the Lansing area has experienced a recent influx of independent coffee houses, Ann Arbor is home to a variety of cafe fixtures.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

On Wednesday morning, Cara Nader, owner of Strange Matter Coffee Company talked about her love of coffee and starting a coffee business in Lansing. 


Mike's Restaurant coffee mugs
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

As part of our Coffee and Community series this week, we stopped by Mike’s Village Restaurant in Dimondale. Owner Mike Chappell has more than 700 coffee mugs on display.


On May 1-5, Morning Edition with Brooke Allen will take a closer look at coffee, from brewing to business.

Our WKAR staffers and others are posing with their coffee mugs and why they love them so much.

Please click here to upload your mug to the WKAR Newsroom Facebook page! Tell us your city or town and why your mug is special to you. Brooke may read your name on air!

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

All week long, the WKAR News Team is taking a closer look at coffee.