Third Places: A Meditation on Coffee Culture and the way Spaces Shape us

Photo By: Allen Kent Photography

A few years ago while working at an independent coffee shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I first came across the concept of third places.  This term, originally coined by American sociologist Ray Oldenburg, identifies “third places” as the public places on neutral ground where people can gather and interact. The phrase ‘third places’ derives from considering our homes to be the […]

Planetary Motion

Since first launching Planetary Coffee in August of 2016, our shared existence as both business and life partners has been a whirlwind of activity. This has been especially true of the last year since we began operations of a full-service specialty coffee, tea, and espresso bar in downtown Traverse City, Michigan. We launched our coffee lounge in the State Street […]

Transmission from Mission Control

Fall has brought the fruits of some creative collaborations seeded earlier in the season. It’s always so inspiring to see what can be created when a group of individuals, with a variety of artistic talents, join forces. We had the honor of collaborating on a  bodaciously-styled photoshoot, which was recently featured on Wedding Day Magazine’s blog! Thanks so much to all the […]

Coffee and Collaboration: Northern Michigan Style

Life is full of celebratory moments, and coffee is one of those universal beverages that brings people together in magical ways. Nothing brings us more joy than the opportunity to serve incredible coffee and toast life’s memorable moments, so when we had the chance recently to come together with an all-star cast of creative industry professionals, to create a show-stopping […]

Cold Brew Coffee: It’s So Hot Right Now

Just wanted to make a quick introduction to how we prepare some of our non-traditional latte drinks here at Planetary Coffee. Since launching our little coffee shop on wheels this past August, we have taken a very coffee-forward approach to our menu. We designed our offerings from this angle partly due to curiosity and inquisitiveness, but mostly out of necessity, due to the limited scope of […]

Planetary Coffee Buildout Phase 1

  In mid-March 2016, we took our little rover down to Kingsley where we left it in the capable hands of the hard-working folks at Paul’s Auto & RV  The first thing we wanted to tackle was updating the existing serving window. It was lacking in both functionality and security. Say hello to the  super sleek serving window expertly installed at Paul’s. […]

Meet the “Examiner”

Through some accidental Googling, we recently stumbled across the original sales listing for our step van prior to the previous owner who we purchased it from. We are so pleased to introduce to you Planetary Coffee’s trusty steed, the Examiner 1. This cute little trooper made it clear across the country from the Golden State to end up here in our beloved home of Michigan, […]