With just two main products--beans and brewed coffee--the tiny cafe is stripped down compared to most local coffee emporiums, with their sandwiches, soups, soda fountain drinks, walls of flavored syrups, and comfortable chairs. Barista Kaitlin Antishin agrees: "Yes, we're purists." Most days they offer up to seven single-origin coffees made while you wait ("two cups of water hand-poured over thirty-five grams of coffee," she says, precisely) as well as espresso and cold-press coffee.
Mighty Good's commitment to coffee isn't purist to the point of puritanical: Antishin was drinking a shot of espresso poured over ice with Calder Dairy chocolate milk and pronounced it "dangerous--it's a slippery slope. When we're working, we can have anything we want." Mighty Good buys all its milk from Calder in Lincoln Park and sells a small selection of desserts made by Ann Arbor's Pastry Peddler and Ypsilanti's Old World Bakery. Seriously committed to local products, Mighty Good is decorated with high-end locally made coffee-related crafts: mugs sell for $25, and shoulder bags made from coffee sacks by Teresa Rogers sell for $60 to $80.
Myers travels the world to select his own beans and roasts them in small batches. "Our goal is that by the end of the day, every roasted bean has a home," he says. He buys cream-of-the-crop beans, often directly from coffee estates. While he offers some blends (mostly "post-roast" blends, not a mix of beans roasted together) he prefers to showcase his carefully selected beans unalloyed.