A First Look at Comet Coffee 

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There's coffee, and then there's coffee. The former is typically cheap and exists to get us through the day, while the latter is responsible for swoons and weakened knees at the simple utterance of "Blue Bottle" or "Intelligentsia." The small, passionate and tightly knit group of self-proclaimed coffee nerds behind newly opened Comet Coffee (5708 Oakland Avenue; 734-222-0579) live and breathe for the seductive beverage in its finest forms.
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Comet Coffee opened for business in Highlands Plaza on August 15.
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Owner Mark Attwood prepares to flash-brew coffee.
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Shop manager Zach Althaus grinds espresso beans.
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Mark measures out the precise weight of beans for flash-brewed coffee.
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An espresso shot with a gorgeous, rich crema.
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A flash-brewed cup of coffee produces bubbles as it filters.
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A flash-brewed iced coffee.
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Comet Coffee sells retail items such as mugs, beans, timers and Coffee Bark, pictured here.
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Pastry chef and co-owner Stephanie Fischer prepares all of the store's bakery items.
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A scone from comet coffee.
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At Comet Coffee, brewing is an art.
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Coffee as it brews.
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Comet Coffee's bakery case.
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Hannah Atkinson, shop manager, and co-owner Mark Attwood.
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A freshly brewed cup of Intelligentsia coffee.
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One of Comet Coffee's gooey butter cookies.
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Pastry chef and co-owner Stephanie Fischer fills forms with muffin batter.
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Cheesy scones fresh out of the oven.
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"We use a LOT of milk," Fischer explains.
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A mocha poured into a perfect rosette by Hannah Atkinson, shop manager.
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Mark Attwood grinds espresso beans...
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...and tamps the grounds.
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Attwood pours steamed milk into a latte.
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Chrissy Wilmes
Comet Coffee opened for business in Highlands Plaza on August 15.