Steve Arens (President)

Born and raised in Mason, Michigan. His family vacationed in a modest cabin on Lake Michigan, and it was there Steve began his love of the Great Lakes. He already loved coffee! John and Steve drank coffee with their grandfatherly neighbor John Taylor, discussing the state of the Detroit Tigers and exchanging colorful limericks. John Taylor is on our logo toasting the water with his cup of coffee.

While bicycling around the country in his early 30s, Steve took a job as roaster and delivery man for a local roaster. One day the thought struck him: if sheep farmers in Whitefish, Montana can appreciate great coffee, what about the folks in Michigan? Soon, Steve returned to Glen Arbor, a place he enjoyed from previous travels, and opened the Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company. From humble beginnings on Lake Street, Leelanau Coffee has become a retail anchor in Glen Arbor, all due to Steve being too cheap to own a car.

Steve and his wife Danielle have two children.



John Arens & Family
John Arens & family

John Arens (Vice President)

Grew up the same way as Steve, except being the little brother he suffered through the most hand-me-downs. Determined to own new clothes, he jumped into the working world as a graphic designer and quickly rose to the position of Art Director. John designed our distinctive logo, and helped Steve build the original location. When Steve opened the coffee roasting operation, John was eager to leave Lansing and head up north. While Steve focused on the roasting, John began building up the wholesale customers. When anything else needs building, John does that also!

John and his wife Jody have two children.


Join Our Mud of the Month Club

We Choose:  You determine the type of coffee: regular, flavored, or decaf. Every month we air bed-roast fresh gourmet coffees from all over the world. We expertly select a new coffee variety to be sent directly to you, every month.

Monthly, we ship freshly roasted coffee to your doorstep for a flat shipping rate of $7.25. You choose Whole Bean, or how you want the beans ground, and receive 10% off the retail price of the coffee.

You brew and enjoy discovering new favorite beans and flavors from all around the world.

Call 800-424-JAVA to Sign Up

Purchase a Coffee Subscription

You Choose: If you have a favorite variety you'd like every month, a subscription may be for you. You select the variety, the amount, and the grind; whole bean or ground.

Just call us to place your subscription order.  We'll deliver it right to your doorstep for a flat shipping rate of $7.25 each month. 

You brew and savor your favorite coffee each month, delivered right to your door.

Call 800-424-JAVA to Subscribe

Covid Update:

The production facility, the Glen Arbor Cafe and the Leland Breakfast Bistro are open and operating normally. We appreciate your patience with any and all shipping delays as they may occur outside of our control.

Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co.

6443 Western Ave
Glen Arbor, MI   49636

Phone: 800-424-JAVA

Office Hours:
Mon – Fri 8 AM - 4 PM

Cafe Hours - vary by season

Winter: November-Mid May
Sun – Fri, 7:30 AM – 3 PM
Sat, 7:30 AM – 5 PM

Spring: Mid May - Mid June
Daily 7 AM – 5 PM

Summer: Mid June - Mid August
Daily 7 AM – 9 PM

Fall: Mid August - End of October

Daily 7 AM - 5 PM

New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas