Inside Devries & Co sits a small coffee counter helmed by Mr. Howard Davis, an interesting and knowledgeable man who has been in the coffee business for decades. The brand of coffee served in this hidden section of the city is Coffee Express Roasting Company, a Michigan business established in 1975 (1971, if one includes the year Coffee Express purchased its first espresso machine – a Faema E-61, setting up shop inside The Blind Pig Café, Ann Arbor).
Like most small roasters today, Coffee Express interacts with small farmers, and explores varietals with names like Typica, Geisha, and Pacamera. The company roasts fresh daily and distributed throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. But, it is here, among the daily shoppers, among the aromas of cheese, fresh baked goods and, of course, a variety of coffees, where I prefer to stop in for a hot cup and what usually turns into a 20 minute conversation (often, with Howard. Sometimes, with people I have only met that moment).
Forgive me if I seem a bit sentimental, but when we travel to other cities, home or abroad, it’s places like these – a little coffee counter inside of a classic market – that stay with us. With that in mind, I hope you give Coffee Express a visit.
Devries & Co 1887 | 2468 Market Street Detroit 313. 568. 7777