Mike Knorr
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee shop owner
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
Speaking for the shop, we see the value in building relationships with other shops and other baristas. We have learned a ton by talking to other baristas in our area and have had great times letting our friends in the coffee business get behind our bar and play. We are fun, young, and full of hope for coffee in our city. We believe that building up other shops helps create an energized customer base that will also find value in what we do.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Anywhere would be fun, but realistically, the midwest.
About Me:
I started working a crap closing shift at a well established coffee shop in town and caught the bug. Tired of an "ok is good enough" attitude, I took a deep breath and went for it on my own. The shop is new, I'm still learning, but things are looking up and I am excited to serve a latte that makes someone stop and pay attention.
About My Company:
The Sparrows Coffee Tea and Newsstand. We opened Nov. 16 2007. On top of everything coffee, we serve about 30 loose leaf teas, crepes, 100+ magazines, daily newspapers, and an awesome atmosphere.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The exitement it still elicits in people who have been at it for years.

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At 9:20pm on June 29, 2009, Garrett said…
Hey Mike,
How's it going? It looks like you have a pretty cool shop opened up. How large is your shop (sq. ft.) and what is the most common drink you guys sell? I hope business is going well for you guys. I worked at a tea shop in Portage, MI called Chocola-tea. They have a HUGE selection of loose leaf teas. I believe it is up to 170 now. It is a great place, just very slow...poor marketing and a poor location. Hopefully, things will change soon for them though.
At 1:06pm on April 23, 2009, Terika said…
Hey Mike! We are having a Latte Art Throwdown at JP's on Sunday and would love to see you guys there. Here's the link to sign up... http://throwdown.eventbrite.com/ Cheers!
At 8:56pm on January 16, 2009, Kurt Stauffer said…
Hey Dude! You ready for some goat? I'm going to do a little latte art throwdown Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY! I've got a overly priced (like a hundred bucks) but really friggin sweet RB Tamp for the winner. You've got a good chance cuz there's only gonna be about 5 competitors (unless you bring a bunch of your staff and lower your chances which I hope you do!). I think this is gonna be the big one. Breakin' down the barriers, making things happen, freestyle.
At 1:57pm on January 13, 2009, Alex Chojolan said…
Hey! Hope your doing good Mike, Well i was in your shop last week and i just wanted to tell you that i like your shop. Now that i know where it is i probably with you another visit and hope this time i get to see you.
At 9:52am on January 5, 2009, Miro said…
At 12:37am on November 18, 2008, Jonathan wesley White said…
Sorry I wasn't there for the real party, my friend.
I really needed to finish that painting.
Was it as awesome as I imagine?
At 8:21am on November 15, 2008, Jonathan wesley White said…
I'm in your shop.
Right now.
right now.
At 11:09am on November 13, 2008, Jonathan wesley White said…
At 10:52am on November 13, 2008, Jonathan wesley White said…
you guys gonna be in the shop on Friday at all?
At 9:55pm on November 8, 2008, Kristen said…
I have a friend in grand rapids! i should send her your way for some coffee :)

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