Café imports Central American flavor downtown
The smell of coffee from four Central American countries will soon spill over downtown 24 hours a day.
Although it’s still in its soft-opening stage, the recently opened Mayan Buzz Café is looking to create a stir, at 208 Grandville Ave. SW.
Mayan Buzz Café plans to operate the city’s second 24-hour coffee shop this January. The Bitter End Coffee House also operates 24 hours.
Mayan Buzz Café features fair trade, organic coffee from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as free Wi-Fi, said Mary Rose, manager and co-owner at Mayan Buzz Café.
Craig Patterson, owner of Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, serves as Mayan Buzz Café’s roaster.
“Very velvety coffee”
“We get organic fair trade all from Central America,” Rose said. “The trademark of these coffees is their smoothness. It’s a very velvety coffee.”
The café also sells bagels, scones and deli chocolate, and it plans to offer a lunch menu soon, after receiving requests from customers.
“There’s a lot of offices and student apartments around here,” Rose said. “Their input was they’ve been waiting for a long time for a coffee shop, and now they want lunch.”
The business originally began as Mayan Premium Coffee, and since the owners didn’t have a location, they distributed Central American coffee via their cars.
Co-owner Marco Medina grew up in “the word of growing” in Honduras, Rose said.
Now that Rose and Medina have moved into the former warehouse space, they’ve set up their shop décor with a mix of modern and old world.
“We have a 1950s Coke bar that we’ve modified into our service counter,” Rose said. “We’ve kept the old-fashioned warehouse feel, but new-style flooring.”
Mayan Buzz Café, which opened in September, will hold its grand opening in early December.
The café has five part-time employees, and it’s looking to hire about three more.
After it hires more employees, it plans to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week some time in January.