A Coffee Counselor in your corner ~ Meet Teresa

Hey there! So nice to meet you.

What if you could learn all about coffee & small business from one who walks the path? 

Well, you can!  Here's my story:

I graduated from Michigan State University in 5 years with two B.A.’s in Marketing and Spanish and immediately became… Unemployed.  But as luck had it, I landed a job as a Barista and it changed my life.  A love affair with coffee had blossomed! 🌸

Over the next 20+ years, I gained experience in bookkeeping, office management, payroll, promotions & teaching.  I worked at universities and businesses of all sizes and even got fired from a couple.  For me, it was a sure sign that I had the spirit of an entrepreneur!  In between jobs, my heart always returned to coffee.

While drafting business plans for Espresso Elevado I experimented as a home roaster.  I also taught for the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) in the areas of Barista, Roaster, Brewing, and Sensory.  Now, I help people brew better coffee at home and learn about small business.

Favorite coffee:  Unadulterated pour-over brew, especially an aromatic natural Ethiopian.

Best thing about small biz:  Being able to serve and have a positive impact on your community. 

Most influential business book:  The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

Hope to see you at Espresso Elevado 👇or at a future coffee or small business workshop!  You can E-mail me with questions or if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in the blog.

The Espresso Elevado Story

In 2010, Teresa Pilarz established Espresso Elevado (E2), an award-winning artisan coffee roaster & brew bar in Plymouth, Michigan.  E2 was fueled by a passion for coffee and desire to up the game in our area by roasting onsite in small batches, hand-crafting our own recipes, and brewing to order. 

We make some damn good coffee, and having a quality product is awesome… but it’s not everything!  A small business also needs to be “heartstrong”, which we sum up as purposeful but also sustainable. 

Since opening its doors, E2 operates with purpose by striving to be Connected, Artistic, Unconventional, Sustainable, and Elevated.  This is our C.A.U.S.E., or reason for being.  Above all, we have a huge heart for our staff and community, and we are honored they voted us in as Metro Detroit’s favorite coffee shop for the 2nd year running!  We hope you can plan a visit soon and experience it for yourself!

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By courageously pursuing the work we are called to do, we have the power to
positively impact others and transform our communities.

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Thanks for bringing light & love into the world, for fostering good, and continually providing cheer to the Plymouth community ♥

Paula Manni, Former Espresso Elevado Employee

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Thanks for bringing light & love into the world, for fostering good, and continually providing cheer to the Plymouth community ♥

Paula Manni, Former Espresso Elevado Employee

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