MORNING OWL PERKS UP

By Milan Eagle Media

Coffee drinkers are night owls and can’t function without coffee in the morning…that’s what Ryan Wilman was thinking when he and his wife Cathy named their coffee shop The Morning Owl. They’ve been open about 3 months now at 9 W. Main in downtown Milan providing that “perfect cup” six mornings, and throughout the day, a week.
Ryan got started in the “world of coffee” while working evenings at Starbuck’s and substitute teaching during the day. There was a time period he actually left the coffee business and taught but it wasn’t long until he decided he really had a love and a passion for coffee and wanted to be able to share that with others.
Six years ago, after searching for a community they wanted to be a part of,  Ryan and Cathy moved from Ann Arbor to Milan, where they continue to reside today.  He’s been studying coffee, the culture, how it’s roasted and brewed with a passion.  He wants to know everything there is about coffee and be able to share that information to a listening customer along with “the perfect cup every time.”
Ryan is the in-house coffee expert, employees Chris and Nick are on hand to assist customers and Cathy serves as Ryan’s “emergency backup person”.
Ryan says business is amazing, he loves town and has a return crowd.  Customers come in for coffee, to study, to relax, for their break, with family and or friends or just simply to hangout. He enjoys his job and his customers so much in fact he feels like he’s “on break all day.”
The Morning Owl is open Monday-Saturday.  Mondays 5:30 am – 2:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m and Saturday, you can sleep in, 8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. In addition to any kind of coffee, they have fruit smoothies, pastries, snacks, pop, frozen hot chocolate, (that’s right, frozen hot chocolate)  and there’s a specialty drink dark chocolate covered strawberry mocha which can be served, hot, iced or frozen.
The Morning Owl purchases their coffee from Grounds for Change.  When Ryan calls to order they roast the green coffee beans, send to him to grind and brew.  Grounds for Change prides themselves on Fair Trade Economics, Organic Farming, Shade Grown conditions by small farmer cooperatives (good for the coffee, song birds and environment), Carbon Free from crop to cup and Tree Planting. Carbon Free Certification  is a separate non-profit certification.
Ryan doesn’t like waste and tries to recycle whenever possible.  Zilke Produce picks up his coffee grounds to compost and use for making fertilizer.
To learn more about coffee or to give Ryan a chance to “make that perfect cup” stop by The Morning Owl.

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