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ASHE Supply Co. Downtown's new moto-industrial coffee bar is pretty awesome

ASHE Supply Co.

1555 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: coffee, tea, downtown, Avalon International Bread, sister-pie, detroit-institute-bagels, ashe-supply-co

Before we’ve had our first cup of coffee in the morning, we feel cranky and sluggish, moving at a sloth’s pace and cursing the daylight like a mole trying to burrow back underground. But after we’ve powered up with a java we feel powerful, sophisticated, ready to take on whatever challenges the day may bring. Kinda like a tiger wearing a bowtie. Which is fitting, because that’s exactly the figure that’s stamped onto our coffee cup at ASHE Supply Co.

ASHE recently opened on the first floor of the M@dison building, in the former Crain’s on Broadway space (formerly occupied by Chez Zara). Though the general layout is the same (tables and chairs near the window, coffee bar along the back wall, restrooms on the north end), the new owners made some pretty sweet upgrades.

The place has a moto-industrial vibe going on, with hints of skater punk and rugged outdoorsman carefully woven into the theme. There’s an actual vintage motorcycle in one corner, near the north entrance. In the opposite corner is a big copper roaster.

Antique handheld roasters and motorcycle helmets dot the ledge perched above the coffee bar and counter. Set into the bar are slabs of wood and copper piping, and hooks hang under the bar for handbags or coats (a detail we really appreciate). The copper barstools look like they were cleaved from some piece of industrial farming equipment.

Along the window you’ll find a series of wood slab tables with a mix of copper and weather-worn metal chairs. They make a surprisingly comfy spot to sip a perfect cup of joe and work on your laptop or just watch the foot traffic on Broadway.

A mug of handcrafted coffee will set you back anywhere between $3.75 to $4.25. Right now you can choose from a Nicaragua (berries, citrus, cocoa), Kenya (tart, apricot), Ethiopia (berry, nutty, cocoa), and El Salvador (toffee, nut, smooth) variety.

The staff is really friendly and sweet, and will happily lend their expertise if you’re not sure which kind of coffee you like. Most javas are brewed with pour over or Chemex methods. They also serve cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos and cortados.

Currently, ASHE is offering an herbal tea called Cascara, also called coffee cherry tea because it’s made from the outer peel of the coffee cherry berry. It has an intense, exotic flavor.

If you order your bev to go, you barista might draw an intricate cartoon and smile-inducing phrase on your cup, instead of the classic bowtie-wearing tiger. Whatever cool little drawings you’ve seen at other cafes, ASHE’s coffee cup stylings blow them all out of the water. You might want to hang onto your cup, they may become collector’s items.

We were pretty stoked to see snacks and treats from local bakeries like Sister Pie, which delivers a fresh supply of cookies and hand pies. ASHE also carries bagels and cream cheese from Detroit Institute of Bagels, and goodies from Avalon. Finally, a spot within walking distance where we can score some of our favorite treats.

In addition to bevs and eats, ASHE stocks a supply of super soft T-shirts, hoodies and coffee accessories by Detroit Threads.


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