A new coffee bar is now quietly brewing in Eastern Market. Located inside retail shop Savvy Chic on Riopelle, Cairo Coffee offers a rotating selection of roasters not "readily featured in the Detroit area" says owner Monica Isaac.
Isaac became passionate about coffee more than 12 years ago and her interest took her to Washington D.C. where she trained with North Carolina-based roaster Counter Culture Coffee. She currently works part time at Astro Coffee in Corktown. When Savvy Chic owner Karen Brown built out a café space in the back of her shop, Isaac says she "jumped on the chance to operate out of a unique place with some really great people."
Cairo currently brews pourovers with beans from Counter Culture and Madcap Coffee out of Grand Rapids. She hopes to add a third roaster to her list as traffic increases. The shop also maintains a selection of tea, bottled drinks, and pastries.
Cairo Coffee is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours are expected to expand to five days a week come summer.