Drifter Coffee to open Ferndale cafe this spring

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Fans of Drifter Coffee’s mobile trailer will have an easier time finding the brew this spring when owner Alleah Webb sets up a permanent location in Ferndale.

Drifter Coffee owner Alleah Webb stands in front of the site of her future brick-and-mortar cafe.

The two-story coffee shop and roastery will be at 780 Woodward Heights. It will be part of a multi-building development known as Iron Ridge District, which also aims to include a full-service bakery, farmers, florist and other local vendors.

Construction on Drifter Coffee will begin in March under the wing of Ferndale’s Five/Eighths Architecture, and is expected to open in late May or early June. Besides coffee, Drifter will serve espresso, tea, smoothies and food like pastries, bagel sandwiches, soups and salads.

The mobile “coffee caboose” will still pop-up at events around town. Find their products at Eli Tea (108 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham) during a takeover event 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 17.