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 space for public events (although not during COVID times), and bringing communities together alongside providing high quality coffee.  

Meet Our Team

Our Story

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. 

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.

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.

Heather (she/her) 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.

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. 

Scott (he/him) is a long-time resident of Ypsilanti (32 years!). He enjoys the rhythm of life as an artist and a bit of a social butterfly. When he isn't pouring coffee in Ann Arbor or painting houses in Ypsi, you may find him singing, dancing, writing, reading, arranging a vase of flowers or laughing loudly over a glass of beer with friends.









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