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Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 11:13 a.m.

Ann Arbor's Comet Coffee recognized as one of 'America's Coolest Coffeehouses'

By Lizzy Alfs

There is no shortage of coffee shops in downtown Ann Arbor, but only one local spot is being recognized as one of America’s coolest coffeehouses in Travel + Leisure magazine.

Comet Coffee, the small coffee shop tucked away inside the popular Nickels Arcade shopping corridor, made the travel magazine’s list of 26 notable coffeehouses in the U.S.


A freshly made latte at Comet Coffee in Nickels Arcade.

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“Coffeehouses that meet the criteria for cool each stand out from the crowd and attract us for diverse reasons,” according to the article.

The article cites Comet’s “short and sweet” menu, and its location in the “beautiful glass-covered” Nickels Arcade. The shop is also recognized for its Japanese pour-over drip technique.

Last month, the New York Times also recognized Comet Coffee in the article, “36 Hours in Ann Arbor, Mich.”

“The intimate Comet Coffee brews coffee from Ethiopia to El Salvador one cup at a time,” the Times reported.

Comet Coffee, owned by Jim Saborio, opened in Nickels Arcade in 2009.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 12:37 p.m.

"illegal" characters? Seriously? Careful The Character Police are coming to your door.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 12:54 p.m.

Tea drinkers unite!


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 10:52 a.m.

Does a cutesy surface really make the coffee better? IF so, I just might have a bridge for sale.

Robert D. Mosley

Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 3:05 a.m.

Thanks for the article. I will have to check it out when I am in town.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 10:05 p.m.

cappucino, latte, cafe con leche, whatever you may call it, that is one beautiful cuppa joe!


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 4:04 p.m.

Praise well deserved. Congratulations Jim!


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 3:57 p.m.

Probably a cappuccino rather than a latte in the picture—it's possible to do "latte art" in a latte but more difficult, and the size of the cup suggests it's a cappuccino. Great coffee drinks there whatever you buy.

Beth Kirton

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

er, no, actually. that is how all the lattes look at comet.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 3:53 p.m.

So whats a cup of coffeee cost at the Coolest Coffeehouses?


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 10:36 p.m.

The lowest priced comet cup is usually around $2.50. The lowest priced Espresso Royale cup is around $1.50. I'd pay $1 more per cup for coffee that is exponentially better tasting, better for you (that's right - switch from daily Comet Coffee to Espresso Royale and your digestive system will tell you why this is so), and better for our environment.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

Jim I was mostly being sarcastic in my comments. I think it great your business is doing good, and I hope you find yourself very rich down the road. I was just trying to figure out why the protester hate some and love others when they are both just trying to get ahead.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 7:20 p.m.

Generally speaking, coffee is hand-harvested. If you are paying very little for a lot of coffee, you could very well be a unwitting participant in some real suffering. I'd urge you to buy coffee from a trustworthy, reputable roaster that links their success to that of the people growing the coffee they roast. I can't speak for the purchasing habits of my customers, but I am more than willing to answer for those of my business and household. If you're interested in why Comet has such expensive coffees, I'd be glad to tell you how and why we select the roasters we do. Feel free to email or call me with any questions. I'm not hard to track down. As far as the Occupy Comet movement goes, they'd probably lose interest in me when they found me at my borrowed desk alongside the mop sink in the arcade's basement.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

"Go ask Starbucks." Do they have answers? Or are you just deflecting?

Peter Baker

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 5:23 p.m.

"How can people drink $3-$4 coffee when children are staving. Where are the occupiers?" Go ask Starbucks.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 5:01 p.m.

Wow! I can drink a pot of coffe each day for 3 weeks at that price. That must be good coffee. How can people drink $3-$4 coffee when children are staving. Where are the occupyers?

UM owns

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 4:37 p.m.

$3-$4 a cup ... but well worth it for a once-a-week treat, in my opinion.


Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 3:24 p.m.

Your headline from the main news page has all sorts of illegal characters - most likely curly apostrophes. Please correct and make a note to other in-house posters not to copy/paste directly from a Word document.

Nathan Bomey

Mon, Oct 31, 2011 : 3:26 p.m.

Thanks for catching that -- we've fixed it.