Bay City coffee roaster named best in Michigan by Food & Wine Magazine
BAY CITY, MI — Michigan is home to some great coffee roasters, but the best resides in Bay City.
That’s according to Food & Wine Magazine, which named Bay City’s Populace Coffee its top roaster in Michigan as part of a feature that identified the best coffee in each of the 50 states.
From the magazine:
Once a self-described stoner kid who did a stint with Intelligentsia in Los Angeles, Andrew Heppner came home to open what’s quietly become one of the state’s most compelling roasters, one that’s only recently made the decisive move into the retail game, after an early (and failed) attempt at opening their own shop. That’s in the past, now–not only have they made it work with a fine cafe in Bay City, Populace also joins the much-hyped collection of outlets now opening along with Detroit’s hotly-anticipated Siren Hotel.
Heppner, on Instagram, thanked the magazine for giving his business “a flicker of light.”
Food & Wine also gave a nod to Madcap Coffee and Rowster Coffee. Both roasters are based in Grand Rapids.
Heppner, who founded Populace in 2010, has clients across Michigan and the country. He opened his new cafe on Saginaw Street in downtown Bay City last October, filling the void where Brewtopia used to operate.
In 2017, Populace was the national runner-up for “notable roaster of the year,” as awarded by Sprudge, an online trade publication that covers the coffee industry.