Meet Teresa

Hey there! So glad you're here.

Here’s how I describe myself, and what I bring to the table...

  • Open-minded. Considering all sides of an issue helps me design workable solutions.
  • Adventurous. I’m one of barely 5% of people who has gone skydiving (highly recommended :))
  • Paradoxical. I create intricate specialty drinks, then drink black coffee every time!
  • A lot introspective. Deep thoughts about life and business give broad perspective.
  • Chief Harmonizer. I love hearing people's stories and helping everyone connect.
  • Versatile... like a chameleon. I easily adapt to a wide variety of people and situations.
  • Serious & focused as needed, otherwise easy-going & flexible.
  • Optimistic. Always trying to look on the bright side 🙂

If you prefer facts and figures, I have a BA in Marketing, an MA in Spanish, nearly 10 years as a Business Manager for a multi-million dollar tech ed firm, and 10+ years of experience as a business owner. I've instructed a ton for the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), and now develop original training material to lead seminars on both coffee and small business topics. Coffee may be my industry, but my passion for entrepreneurship is what has made it all possible.

I look forward to meeting you!  Email me if you're curious about working together.

The Espresso Elevado Story

My Heartstrong working model is Espresso Elevado an artisan coffee roaster & brew bar in Plymouth, Michigan; a business I’ve been building for the last decade.  E2, as it’s now called by staff and regulars, was fueled by my passion for coffee and a dream to up the game in our area by roasting onsite in small batches, hand-crafting our own recipes, and brewing to order. 

Having a quality product is awesome, but early on I realized it wasn’t everything.  A Heartstrong business also needs to be purposeful as well as ultimately sustainable. 

Since opening our doors in March of 2011, E2 lives its purpose each day.  Our CAUSE is an easy-to-remember acronym that describes all we strive to be:  Connected, Artistic, Unconventional, Sustainable, and Elevated.  We are a sustainable small business with huge heart, that has been embraced by the community.  Take a moment to read our reviews, or better yet, come visit us and see for yourself.

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My Philosophy

Success is when my inner aspirations and outer expression align, but it could also be measured by how many days a week I can wear yoga pants to work.

One of the main reasons I started a business was because personal freedom & flexibility rate super high for me.  Tranquil mornings with time to meditate, exercise, reflect and eat a good breakfast are truly the foundation of my day.

You do not need to be a slave to your business or give up everything else that you love. I believe every business owner deserves, and can achieve, control over their days by asking the right questions at the outset and putting in the work.

My mission is to help you get there.

Every business owner deserves, and can achieve, control over their days.
My mission is to help you get there.

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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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