A B O U T

Planetary Coffee is a dream shared and brought to fruition by Emily Wilensky and Erik Harms. Fueled by its Co-owners’ passion for coffee and customer service, Planetary Coffee is the culmination of the pair’s years of experience in both areas. Wilensky has worked as a barista in cafes across the Midwest region and Harms has extensive behind-the-scenes experience, working in production for Dogwood Coffee in Minneapolis and Higher Grounds Trading Company. 

After tying the knot in 2014, the couple began drafting a business plan for a mobile coffee concept. Plans for Planetary started taking shape after the couple  purchased a custom 1990 GMC step van, lovingly nicknamed “the Examiner” Mobile Coffee Unit” after they discovered it had history as a former delivery vehicle for the now-defunct San Fransisco Examiner Newspaper. Once the Examiner was successfully reconfigured into a full-service specialty coffee truck, Planetary Coffee launched into orbit on August 4th, 2016. Since then, the Examiner has been a well-loved fixture at a wide variety of public and private events across the Northwest lower Michigan region. 

We invite you visit us at our new location, in a charming turn-of-the-century-home on the East Side of beautiful Elk Rapids, Michigan. Here you will find us serving up incredible seasonal coffee, espresso, tea and specialty beverage offerings alongside a mouth-watering selection of locally made gluten-free pastries from Third Coast Bakery. Our philosophy when it comes to coffee is simple, source it well, prepare it with care, and serve it with love and respect for all those who have made the journey from seed to cup possible.  That’s why we work with vendors like Halfwit Coffee Roasters and Spirit Tea who focus on sourcing high quality varietals from small farms across the globe. Locally, we intentionally source as many of our ingredients from local and regional producers, such as honey from Sleeping Bear Farms, dairy from Shetler Family Dairy, and cocoa powder from Mindo Chocolate.

Looking to book us for a private event? Visit our CONTACT page to inquire about availability and pricing.[/lgc_column]