Life and Doughnuts in Durand

"Would you like some coffee?" was the first thing Chris said to me as I entered her bakery. Maybe she asked this of everyone, or perhaps she saw a chilled, haggard-looking guy in a bike helmet and made a logical conclusion. Day two of my weekend trip started pleasantly with a short ride from Fenton …

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The Relentless Pursuit of (Coffee) Perfection

ONE OF MY PERENNIAL FANTASIES is to leave the demands of the day job, retire to a small town, and open a coffee shop. I'd carry only premium organic, fair-trade, free-range coffee (hand-harvested to classical music) and ephemeral pastries that would bring in people from several neighboring states. And while my dedicated, well-paid staff served …

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Have You Seen This Man? And other Miscellany

JUST WONDERING IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS GUY RECENTLY. I realize that old T.J. doesn't 'circulate' much these days, but I'm doing my best to keep him visible. The $2 bill is my tip of choice at coffee shops and other such places. I've been doing it for years as a sort of schtick, and this …

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