A different kind of coffee shop.

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Our Mission Statement

“We aim to provide an uplifting community gathering space; support other like-minded businesses and organizations within our community; share our love of great coffee; create authentic human relationships; and build a sustainable work environment for our staff.”

The Best

Voted “Best Coffee Shop in Washtenaw County” by readers of The Ann Arbor News. Through our experimentation, innovation, and commitment to friendly and professional service, The Espresso Bar has earned a local and national reputation in the specialty coffee industry.


From Literati Bookstore, to Lunch Room, to Bon Bon Bon, to Spencer, to Vault of Midnight, to Crust Bakery, to Guernsey Dairy, to 826Michigan, to Mindo Chocolate Makers, we are proud to work with and support our favorite local businesses and organizations whenever possible!


When we opened in 2012, we envisioned a different kind of coffee shop, where drinks are delivered to the table, water glasses are refilled, and real relationships are formed. Our space is bright, minimal, full of plants, books, and great people. Oh, and great coffee.

“I heard rave reviews about The Espresso Bar when it was located in Kerrytown’s Courtyard so when it moved upstairs of my favorite bookshop I knew I had to try it! My first visit I bought a book at Literati and made my way up. I placed my order and was told to be seated, they would bring it out (you settle your tab once you leave!) Within a few minutes my Cortado arrived and I was blown away. The espresso was delicious and the milk was steamed to perfection!

The layout of the place is also really cool. Aside from being above a bookstore there are a good number of tables and chairs. There are also multiple windows that look out to downtown Ann Arbor. I’ve been a few times and the staff has always been very friendly and helpful. The Espresso Bar has quickly become my favorite coffee shop in Ann Arbor and I would definitely recommend grabbing a book, a seat by the window, and enjoying some of their delicious drinks!”

– Jeff B.   Yelp.com

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