Events & Blog


Wednesday, March 27th, 2013  |  Events, News, Stories, Ypsilanti  | 

Sweetwaters Ypsilanti is Now Open!

Our fourth Sweetwaters location has finally opened and the Ypsilanti community has been more than welcoming! Across from EMU’s campus, right near the water tower, this Sweetwaters has a more industrial and edgy feel to it. We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback as well. Have you been to the new location? What is your favorite part about the new design?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012  |  News  | 

Now Brewing: Sweetwaters Ypsi!

Exciting news is brewing here at Sweetwaters: we will be opening our fourth store in a few short months! At the end of January 2013, the newest Sweetwaters will open in Ypsilanti right across from EMU’s campus on the corner of Normal & Cross St. We look forward to joining the EMU & Ypsi community this winter!

You can read more about it here.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012  |  Downtown, Events, News  | 

Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters


From the Skazat! blog:

The Skazat Poetry Series at Sweetwaters is a free monthly reading of work by poets from the Ann Arbor area and beyond.

Hosted by Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in downtown Ann Arbor, each NMP event showcases an open mic segment, followed by a featured reader.

Join us from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, to hear (or be) some of the finest regional voices speaking today.

Location: Sweetwaters, 123 W Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI

Please direct any questions about the reading series to us @

Visit the Skazat! blog for more information that gets updated monthly:

(Note: Skazat! was formerly “New Millennium Poetry”)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012  |  Downtown, Events, News  | 

A Tea-licious Night

Last night was our first tea+sweets pairing event! The general consensus is that another tasting event in the very near future is in order.

Check out the menu below, peruse some delightful comments from those who attended, and enjoy these snapshots!

tea tasting 2-28-12

“Wonderful, interesting evening. Very enjoyable! Had a wonderful time and I can’t wait for the next one!”  - James

“I like the variety of flavors: floral, earthy, spicy. That made it very exciting.”  – Lara

“I liked that there was a broad variety of types of tea and that I got to learn a lot about the different types of tea. I loved it! I’ll be back!”  – Sarah

“Best pairing: Dragon Pearl Jasmine with almond croissant. By the way, love the dragon cake! Delicious.”  – Michael

tea program

Friday, July 29th, 2011  |  Delicious, News  | 

When life hands you lemons…

GLT-bottleIf you haven’t heard all the buzz yet, our much-loved, signature Ginger Lemon Tea is now available in bottles! They’re at all three of our locations and they’ve been getting rave reviews. All the same natural ingredients and no preservatives. The exact same treat you’ve been enjoying all along in our cafes but in a convenient bottle. Insider’s tip: one bottle holds more than a triple iced Ginger Lemon Tea, so it’s a great deal too!

To welcome our newest addition, we’re inviting you to get involved. You can get a FREE sample, a FREE bottle, and a chance to win a $100 Sweetwaters card.

Within the next two weeks, start looking around town for lemons that look like this hanging from trees.


How to get a FREE sample of Ginger Lemon Tea:

Bring your lemon to any of the Sweetwaters locations. Also fill out your information on the back for a chance to receive a $100 Sweetwaters card.

How to get a FREE BOTTLE of Ginger Lemon Tea:

Post a picture of you with the lemon on Facebook, and tag “Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea” (you need to like us first). We’ll send you a coupon for your free bottle!

Don’t miss out and keep checking our Facebook page for some fun Ginger Lemon t-shirt giveaways too!


Some background on the bottling process…

This project has been in the works for some time now, and we’re very pleased to finally unveil the bottles. Past customers who moved away have been calling in to see when bottles of Ginger Lemon deliciousness can be sent their way. We’re excited that one of our favorite drinks can now be shared with locals and globals alike :)

Check out some photos from our local Michigan bottler:

GLT-bottling1 GLT-bottling2

Friday, April 1st, 2011  |  Downtown, News  | 

Myra Klarman Photography in Sweetwaters Downtown

Long-time friend of Sweetwaters, local photographer Myra Klarman displays beautiful prints of her work this month at our downtown location. Be bedazzled by these stunning portraits and community shots during your next visit to Sweetwaters!


More on Myra!
Facebook fan page:

Thursday, March 10th, 2011  |  Delicious, News, Stories  | 

A great find for “grown-ups”…


While attending Chicago’s CoffeeFest we tasted so many coffees.  The stand out by far was Burundi.  So much so, that although we had originally scheduled a different coffee to be featured in March and April, I immediately emailed all the stores to put a halt to the original plan and order Burundi instead!

When Wei tasted the Burundi his immediate reaction was, “Wow, this coffee has no bitterness. It’s velvety and refreshing with a very clean finish.”  We had to bring this ultra-smooth coffee to our Sweetwaters customers to brighten the dreary, gray days of March.

One of my favorite first comments from a downtown customer:  “I love the Burundi.  As a student, any old coffee would do.  But now, I’m more selective.  I only want to drink really good coffee and this one is it – I can taste the difference and it makes me feel good.”  – Andrea, a longtime downtown customer.

Come in and have a taste. It’s what “grown-up” coffee should be.


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010  |  News  | 

Introducing Our New In-House Espresso


Sweetwaters brings you our NEW in-house espresso and drip brew: 4|12 Blend.  Featuring beans from India, Brazil and Sumatra with European inspiration.  A sweet & lively yet rich roast.  We’re thrilled to introduce this new blend to you!  There are a couple ways for you to help us welcome it in – and get some good deals along the way:

  • Sign up for a complimentary taste-testing
    • The first 5 to participate get a FREE 4|12 Blend T-shirt
    • At Sweetwaters downtown only
    • Contact to sign up
  • Bring in a photo of yourself in India, Brazil or Sumatra and get 30% off a cup or whole bean package of 4|12 blend

On your next visit, be sure to give it a try!  We’d love to hear what you think.

For more information click here.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010  |  Awards, News  | 

Best Coffeehouse in the Community Choice Awards!

Thanks to all of the 1,000+ people who voted in’s annual Community Choice Awards contest.  Sweetwaters came out on top for best coffeehouse in AA!  We appreciate the support, and we love providing great drinks and treats to great customers.

Check out the full listing to see Sweetwaters as well as the other winners:


Wednesday, June 9th, 2010  |  News, Plymouth Green Crossings, Stories  | 

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green’s Barista, Taylor, Gets Rewarded!

taylorAnn Arbor’s Pioneer High School and The Michigan Department of Education presented this certificate to Sweewaters for sharing professional experience with Taylor, one of our youngest and brightest baristas! Taylor is enrolled in Pioneer’s Occupational Education Program and we are proud to say that she has received straight A’s in the program.

At Sweetwaters we appreciate the importance of career and technical education and are proud to support and mentor our local students.