Our Story and Our Team



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 public events, and bringing communities together alongside providing high quality coffee.  

Meet Our Team

Our Story

Kara (she/her) ,co-owner and operator of Vertex Coffee Roasters, 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. 

Mackenzie (she/her) is also a co-owner at Vertex and Kara's wife.  Mackenzie did all the wood working 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.

Ian (he/him) is a fantastic coffee professional and coffee expert. He has a great palate and an inviting presence. Ian likes photography, cooking, and reading social theory.  He loves creating new and creative drinks combinations.

Grey (they/them) is vibrant, creative, and kind.  They also just wrote and performed a powerful and beautiful opera and can make some rad coffee.  A few things about Grey: "My second favorite shape is an equilateral triangle that has one of its points removed so it's now a kind of sad trapezoid, I'm an an opera nerd, I love making Hot Toddy's, I'm a big fan of natural red wines, and I write music about trees." 

Photo: Kelsea Joy Photography

Photo: Kara Huckabone

Photo: Kara Huckabone

Photo: Grey Grant

1335 S. University Ave

Ann Arbor, Michigan 49104



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Current Cafe Hours: 

Monday 9am-3pm

Tuesday - closed 

Wednesday-Sunday 9am-3pm