Episode 12 – The Craft of Coffee – An interview with Danielle Charles of Dripworks
In this episode we talk with a different kind of craft brewer — the craft of coffee with Danielle Charles, co-founder of DripWorks Coffee in Petoskey, Michigan. We talked with Danielle at the end of the summer about how she and her husband built and have grown their business.While we might not be talking specifically about beer in this episode, craft is definitely at the center of our discussion. Danielle shares how they have created a beautiful brand and customer experience, the art of baking, sourcing local ingredients, creating systems and keeping employees happy and engaged.
Dripworks is run by husband and wife team Mike Davies and Danielle Charles. Both Northern Michigan natives, Mike and Danielle spent time in Seattle, Vermont and England before realizing there was no place like home. Dripworks is a compilation of all their favorite types of places – think French pâtisserie meets third wave coffee bar; English teahouse meets 1950’s soda fountain. In short, it is the type of cafe they always wished existed. From the bar to the wooden benches made of Michigan hardwood, they built everything in the shop themselves. Find Danielle behind the bar, brewing pour overs and pouring lattes. Mike will be in the kitchen elbow deep in a bowl of dough, or blow-torching some meringue.