Mark and Chit at Delly Belly in Coopersville

Coffee Quest: Exploring West Michigan one coffee shop at a time

Zoom Kaffeeklatsch: Friday, March 19, noon - 1:00 p.m. Mark Hoffman (CCPS Associate Dean) and Chit Zin Win (MS '20)  visited 112 different coffee shops on Saturday mornings between July 2017 and October 2020. They searched for the perfect coffee / pastry combo from Grand Haven in the west, Ionia in the east, Cedar Springs in the north, and Plainwell in the south. They will offer a typology of local coffee shops, reveal some novelty locations, unique menu items, and nearby "must see" attractions, plus give some recommendations for the best places to visit among those shops that survive into the post-COVID world.

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Google's My Map screenshot

Our Quest on Google My Map

On our trips, we did not do any social media and rarely took pictures. However, I did want to experiment with easy online mapping tools that I thought my Community Analysis class might be able to use to create neighborhood asset maps. The two tools I tried were Google My Maps and StoryMapJS. 

Coffee Quest on Google My Map

Google My Maps used Google Map technology for creating personalize maps. Addresses can be uploaded from a spreadsheet. Alternatively, with a cell phone's GPS, you can pin right where you're standing.

StoryMapJS screenshot

Our Quest on StoryMapJS

Coffee Quest using Story MapJS

Knight Lab's StoryMapJS is a free tool to help tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. Data entry is manual, so more tedious than using Google My Map. But it is more fun to use and is more customizable.

The Northwestern University Knight Lab is a team of technologists and journalists working at advancing news media innovation through exploration and experimentation.

Chit at Donut Conspiracy (Grandville)

March is for Nourishment

Nourish Your Mind, Body + Relationships
A social wellness campaign for faculty + staff


This month, we invite you to join us in nourishing relationships and fostering social connections.