Coffee roaster Kevin Ridge, who founded Black Iron Coffee Roasters about three years ago, opts for uniquely-flavored beans produced in small batches by single farms and co-ops around the world.
Ridge never uses mass-produced beans in his original handmade blends.
“Depending on where the coffee comes from, kind of like wine, you can get totally different notes,” Ridge, a Novi resident, said. “I want to take people on a trip. …You get different flavors from Central America, Africa, South American, Indonesia and other places.”