About Us

Leaving a mark of God’s love in our community and the world

We're changing up a few things this year, but don't worry-- we know we're a study spot and we don't plan on moving away from that strength. We are, however, a ministry of the church whose building we share, and we want to make efforts to build those ties in more visible ways to cultivate a culture of belonging in this space.

We intend on accomplishing this in three ways this year.
1. We want the atmosphere in The Common Cup to be better than ever so people feel they belong here. Look for some updates to the space!
2. We will be choosing to be more environmentally responsible in order to respect the world God made for us. Look for some changes to our single use items and menu options. Join our efforts with 5% off every time you bring your own mug.
3. We want to find more ways to connect with you by offering more on site, one on one interactions with people from ULC.

We plan to continue offering free events throughout the school year such as live music, canvas painting events, and game nights. Also, check out the wall in the entryway to participate in an interactive question series. We're excited to see community growth in this visual project as well as a representation of your own impact in this world.

Finally, we grow exponentially when you talk about us to your friends and neighbors. Grab and wear a temporary tattoo as a conversation starter (find them with the barista, coming soon), invite someone for a coffee, or share your experience on social media. Don’t worry about number of seats, we have more space upstairs.

Hannah
Hannah
Barista

Hannah is a junior studying Biology, Health, and Society at the University of Michigan with an intent to pursue a career in public health. She spends her spare time singing and playing piano.

Hannah’s Choice: Chaider

Suzanna
Suzanna
Barista

Suzanna has a degree in choir conducting and works at her church as their worship director. She likes to pretend she can do parkour on warm days.

Suzanna’s Choice: Cherry Vanilla French Soda

Rachel
Rachel
Barista

Rachel is a nursing student at Concordia University Ann Arbor. In her free time, she’s involved in worship arts and choir.

 

Rachel’s Choice: Iced Dirty Chai

Sarah
Sarah
Barista

Sarah is a Junior at the University of Michigan studying mechanical engineering. She is also involved in Cru as a Bible study leader.

 

Sarah’s Choice: Raspberry Mocha

Lucy
Lucy
Barista

Lucy is studying communications with a minor in entrepreneurship. She also loves photography and has her own photography business that keeps her busy.

 

Lucy’s Choice: Cherry Vanilla French Soda

 

Melissa
Melissa
Barista

Melissa is a former camp director and mom to 3 great kids. She spends her free time reading, drinking coffee, and exploring Ann Arbor with her family.

 

Melissa’s Choice: Iced Cafe Miel

Karen Berger
Karen Berger
Ministry Manager

Karen has a degree in Stage Management from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys utilizing her creativity from her theatre background to enrich The Common Cup.

 

Karen’s Choice: Cascara Soda

Jordan
Jordan
Barista

Jordan is a graduate student studying nuclear engineering and radiological sciences here at the University of Michigan. He loves being a team member of a ministry coffee shop. He also loves spending time with his wife, smooth jazz music, and a nice cup of coffee.

Jordan’s Choice: Pour Over

Keeping it local

We work with Hyperion Coffee Co, a roastery just one town away in Ypsilanti. Hyperion maintains personal relationships with family operated farms in South America and Africa to ensure that all the coffee is ethically sourced and grown with the highest standards. They then roast it fresh and deliver weekly, keeping the true flavors of the region by selling single origin beans.

All of our tea comes from TeaHaus Ann Arbor. While the tea isn't grown, dried, or roasted in Michigan, TeaHaus uses their world wide connections to bring only the finest teas to Ann Arbor. While we only have a portion of the teas that they offer in house, we do our best to provide a good sampling, keeping the standards around and changing up a few teas every season for those more adventurous tea drinkers.

Finally, we are excited to use milk from Calder Dairy, a family owned farm established in 1946 located just a half hour south east of Ann Arbor. Calder still does home delivery and uses glass bottles just like the milk man your grandparents might remember. Calder goes the extra mile by recollecting the glass bottles, cleaning, and refilling them in an attempt to keep their single use plastic to a minimum.

More Than Coffee

The Common Cup is a ministry of University Lutheran Chapel. The goal when The Common Cup was created over 10 years ago was to create a space that could be open to the public 7 days a week. Thanks to ULC's vision, we continue to do exactly that. Follow the link below to learn more about the community at University Lutheran Chapel, gathering times, and involvement in the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit communities.


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Contribute to our Mission

The Common Cup came into existence in 2007 to be a ministry of University Lutheran Chapel (ULC) to the Ann Arbor community. The Common Cup remains a large part of their ministry and strives to contribute to University Lutheran Chapel’s additional outreach ministries.

If you would like to contribute to our ministry through financial support, please give through University Lutheran Chapel's online system.


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