Detroit Black Coffee Shares 3 Refreshing Coffee Recipes For Spring

Sara Powers

April 21, 2021

(CBS Detroit) — Jasmine Jackson, the owner of Detroit Black Coffee, is all about new combinations when it comes to coffee and lemonade, and she shared some of her current favorite recipes that you can try making at home.

Take your coffee to the next level this spring with new flavor combinations. As the seasons change, try switching your go-to coffee order for something with more vibrant, floral notes.

(CBS Detroit) — Jasmine Jackson, the owner of Detroit Black Coffee, is all about new combinations when it comes to coffee and lemonade, and she shared some of her current favorite recipes that you can try making at home.

Take your coffee to the next level this spring with new flavor combinations. As the seasons change, try switching your go-to coffee order for something with more vibrant, floral notes.

Jackson explained that her interest in coffee stems from her background in culinary arts. When she was in college, she started working at Starbucks, where she learned more about the different beans and the regions they came from to help serve guests. She would use the variety of flavorings, coffee, and lemonades to make her own drinks to see what different combinations tasted good.

She graduated from Dorsey Culinary school in 2011 and started working at Joe Muer in Bloomfield Hills. There she was introduced to the idea of roasting coffee beans.

“Roasters would come in to teach the owner about the coffee, and I would listen in to the meetings because I thought the idea of roasting was so interesting and I wanted to learn about the coffee. Then, I was like I want to open up a coffee shop,” Jackson said.

After doing some research, Jackson found a roaster to work with and started Detroit Black Coffee in November of 2019. She was looking for places to open the coffee shop, but being just months before the coronavirus pandemic hit, she had to pivot and change her plan.

“I went to bottling my juice, coffee, and lattes from my house, to keep getting my name out there in that way, but that’s for now,” said Jackson. “We’re in the process of building a mobile trailer, and it’s almost done.”

The trailer will allow Detroit Black Coffee to travel to different spots in the city, make it easier to cater events, and help them feed more individuals throughout the community.

Jackson said, “Not only are we in the city; we are about the city, and every fourth Saturday, we go out and feed the homeless. They say there goes the coffee girl and instantly line up because they know they are going to get some coffee and a good meal. I feed them nothing less than what I would like to eat.”

Right now, Jackson feeds around 50 people each time, and she says she is looking forward to getting the trailer finished and growing her business so that she can feed even more people, more frequently.

As a life-long Detroiter, Jackson felt that it was important to keep her business in the city and help those in need within her own community.