Sweetwaters Cafe

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Sweetwaters Cafe

123 W. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Business Overview

Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in downtown Ann Arbor near their alma mater, The University of Michigan. Inspired by their love of food and drink and driven by their creativity, Sweetwaters was conceived and brought to life. The marvelous result: a coffeehouse that celebrates classic café fare alongside globally influenced coffees and teas in an environment that is both tasteful and friendly... just like Wei and Lisa. Today, they both remain integral to daily life at Sweetwaters through their stores, community involvement, and search for inspirational products for their customers. Stop by to meet them and say hi if you'd like, chances are you'll find them chatting with one of the many regular customers who have now become their friends.


Sustainable Business Practices

Sweetwaters Cafe is a favorite of coffeehouse lovers near its locations in Ann Arbor and Saline. The staff of 25 at the W. Washington location are actively involved in the cafe's recycling and waste reduction program, which is written in a formal statement defining preferred waste practices. New staff are introduced to the program and current staff continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle. In addition to reducing paper waste by encouraging use of email and offering hand driers in the caf restrooms, Sweetwaters reuses folders, envelopes, boxes, and packing material, and scrap paper is cut up to make notepads. The Cafe is able to reduce garbage collection through these initiatives as well as recycling white paper, cardboard, containers, and packaging materials and milk jugs. Sweetwaters also offers customers who reuse cups a discount for other drinks. In addition to waste reduction, Sweetwaters has made efforts to conserve energy by purchasing ENERGY STAR-rated office equipment, placing external timers on lights, and employing night setbacks.


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