About Us

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At Vertex Coffee Roasters we strive to honor the entire coffee process and the people involved by serving high quality coffee and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.  We care about sharing and committing to zero waste practices, ushering opportunities for creativity and the arts, providing space for public events, and bringing communities together alongside providing high quality coffee.

Our Team

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KARA

(she/her) is our co-owner and roaster.  She taught K-8 music and studied voice performance before stepping full time into the coffee industry.  She is a calm optimist, zero waste lifestyle striver, and is very motivated to further her knowledge of coffee and people. 

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MACKENZIE

(she/they), co-owner at Vertex and Kara's wife, did all the wood work you see on the walls at Vertex and is great at fixing things. She works full time as a music teacher in Livonia. She loves dad jokes and taking care of @luminosityfarms with Kara. Mackenzie cares so deeply about people and Vertex is lucky to have her.

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NATE

(he/him) is a lifetime-learner, and one of his favorite things to learn about is coffee! He also loves writing and playing music, caring for his ever-increasing collection of house plants, and taking on any project where he can fix or create something. On the weekends, you might spot him playing a show as one half of an indy-jazz-pop duo.

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HEATHER

(she/they) is our cafe manager and an experienced barista whose eclectic interests have given her the opportunity to delve into speciality  coffee and work towards lifting our local community through art, music, and caffeinated beverages. You can often find her singing along to folk rock, reading comics, doodling, and playing with her cats.

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TANNER

(he/him) is a longtime home-brewer and first-time barista. He is excited to meet the Ann Arbor community over great cups of coffee, and can’t wait to start the fall semester as a graduate student in urban design at the University of Michigan. Tanner loves all things art and design, and when not working on a studio project can be found riding roller coasters, writing short stories, or searching for the world’s best slice of pizza. 

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MICHAEL

Michael is a coffee enthusiast and professional audio engineer. He loves being able to make people happy with a fresh cup of coffee. Before Vertex, he worked in Los Angeles, in film, tv, and video game scoring. In Ann Arbor, Michael works remotely as a mixing and mastering engineer, as well as an orchestral editor. He loves walking in the arboretum, having picnics in the law quad, and catching classic films in the Michigan theatre. When he’s not making delicious drinks with the Vertex team, Michael can be found listening to music, editing recordings, and playing with his cat Zuko.

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JARED

(he/him) is a daily home brewer and aspiring cafe/roastery owner. He is excited to become a part of the local coffee scene and intends to remember as many names and orders as possible. A recent graduate of the Environmental Studies program at MSU, he would be happy to chat about all things ecology, environmental science, and anything else that comes to mind. When he isn't sharpening his skills behind the bar at Vertex you can find him at any local skatepark, asking for new albums to listen to, or going on long walks with his dog, Georgia.