In 2013, amidst a frenzy of scribbled out drawings on napkins, a loose business plan in a google doc, many lists of names/color schemes/logo sketches, and lots of coffee tasting, North Perk Coffee was born. Like so many ventures, it took a leap of faith (would it work?) and confidence (an English degree is kind of like a business degree!?) but stepping out onto the ledge has been so, so worth it. Through North Perk, we have been able to carve out a life in the best place on earth, that encompasses hard work, passion, people, travel and early mornings. Our goal from day one has been to serve and prepare excellent coffee in a warm, inviting environment - one you want to savor and share with others. When we often find ourselves in one of our shops on a day off, we know we are doing something right.
After working in the setting of a coffee shop for just over a year and a half, we got the itch to start roasting for ourselves. We started out with small batches, all 5lb batches or less, and named that endeavor Petoskey Roasting Co. John has become the master roaster, learning, reading, & continually perfecting each blend/roast.
As we grew out of our small warehouse space in Petoskey and relocated our roaster to the back of our shop in Boyne City, we renamed the roasting arm of our endeavor Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company to reflect the change in roasting location. Our small roaster also got a lot bigger! We are building out time in our schedules going into the coming year to visit the countries and farms we work with and have enjoyed the new opportunities roasting has given us. Aside from roasting for our three coffee shops in Boyne City, East Jordan and Petoskey, we also work with other small coffee shops and various specialty grocers at the wholesale level, as well as private labeling.
In spare time we love spending time in the woods, on the water, under the sun, out in the snow ... adventures all fueled by fresh roasted coffee of course! When you're near one of the shops, come say hi!
-Brittany & John