What do you know about M36 Coffee Roasters, a coffee roastery in Whitmore Lake? 

The company formed after the Covid-inspired shutdown and end of Espresso Royale Caffe in 2020, and continues to roast its blends. They also operate a cafe on South U at East U on the McDivitt-White Plaza, where Cava Java and a subsequent ERC used to be which opened in 2021.


10815 Plaza Drive.
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189


1101 S. University Ave. Ann Arbor,Michigan 48104 Phone: 734.780.7078

In the news


After buying the roaster, Pargulski and Tuveson said their initial goal was to continue selling their coffee to grocery stores and other remaining Espresso Royale locations in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. When the opportunity came to lease the old Espresso Royale location, Pargulski said they were excited to return to their roots. 

Popular Espresso Royale Coffee chain permanently closes all locations, Detroit Free Press, June 11, 2020. "M36 Coffee Roasters was formed by Ken Pargulski, Espresso Royale's former master roaster, and Lisa Tuveson, who was involved in operations."

ESPRESSO ROYALE HAS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN STILL GET THEIR COFFEE FROM M-36 ROASTERS. Current, June 25, 2020. "In the wake of the closing, Tuveson and Parguleski decided to open up a roasting facility because they were still passionate about coffee and were not ready to let it go. They found a facility in Whitmore Lake, named it M-36 Coffee Roasters after the road it was located near, and got back into business with a staff of three people. Parguleski said M-36’s blends are identical to the classic Espresso Royale blends, so anyone missing their favorite coffee needs to give them a try."

The name

M36 Coffee Roasters is named after the Michigan highway M-36, the highway that passes by their roasting plant.