Move over Astro and Great Lakes, there is a new coffee shop in town. A coffee shop where your barista is not a human, but a series of gadgets and long tubes! Occupying the site of Vine and Enoteca, the Roasting Plant is the newest addition to the growing number of Detroit coffee shops. Located on the main floor of the First National Building, the Roasting Plant is an 1,100 square foot product of co-owner Elizabeth Rose. This version, comparably smaller than others, is the first outside of New York.
Offering up a state-of-the-art Javabot system, this process is a very intricate system that relies heavily on computers, silos, flying beans and …. you know what I am just going to stop. There really is no good way of describing the process. You need to just go over there and witness this amazing process with your very own eyes. But pay close attention, the process takes about 60 seconds from start to finish. Team Figueroa’s Chris Cindric and I braved the cold this week and were caught in a 10-minute daze of gadgets, steam and whirling coffee beans; I even produced a Vine video!
Located adjacent to Campus Martius, the Roasting Plant offers a gorgeous ground-level view of the hustle and bustle of the ever changing downtown Detroit. Although it can be noisy at times, this little nook provides the ideal landscape for a coffee on the go, a meeting place or if you want to cram for that late afternoon final.
The Roasting Plant is your one-stop shop for all your coffee needs. With a moderate menu ranging from $2.00 – $6.00, the Roasting Plant has over a dozen different blends of coffee, along with an assortment of presses, grinders and glasses.
For this guy, I had to stay with a classic and go with the traditional mocha java blend. I decided to go with a small, but it sure did have the kick of a large. I am happy to announce that after two days of blogging, QLS reports and complete renovation of my bedroom, I was able to finally get some sleep last night. Bottom line is, this coffee does its job! In all seriousness I highly recommend the mocha, it is definitely a bang for your buck coffee at a reasonable price.
After working out some minor kinks, the hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Roasting Plant is located on 660 Woodward Avenue inside the First National Building.