Ferris Blog

  1. U.S. Coffee Championship Preliminaries (Info and Sign-Up!)

    Hey y'all, we're Ferris. We’re a Grand Rapids-based company passionate about roasting and serving specialty coffee. Our Director of Coffee, a licensed Q Grader, and team regularly travel to coffee-growing countries in order to get to know our suppliers and build lasting relationships with them. We’re committed to the sustainability of the coffee industry and believe that sourcing directly gives our team a deeper understanding of each unique farm and ultimately provides our customers with the best product. 

    We are beyond stoked to be hosting the 2019 U.S. Coffee Championship Preliminaries this year! Hope to see you there!

    Barista Competition Sign-Up

    Brewers Cup Sign-Up

    Volunteer Sign-Up

    Judge Sign-Up

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  2. Make Your Own Nut Butter!

    Nut butter has grown in popularity over the past few years. They’re healthy, delicious, and… EASY TO MAKE!? Yeah, that’s right. We said it. Making your own nut butter at home is really simple!

    Store-bought butter can be convenient, sure, but we’re reaching for our homemade versions for a few reasons:

    Cost-effective No added sugar, salt, or chemicalsUse what you already have at home Create your own fun blends Choose how much/how little you want to make

    So fire up your food processor and try out some of our favorite nut butter recipes!

    Sunflower Seed Butter (Nut Butter Base Recipe)

    This recipe works for any roasted nut (peanut, almond, etc.) or seed! If you like the nut or seed you're bound to... continue reading →

  3. Breaking Down Blends: Part 1

    Blends. Sometimes thought of in the coffee world as single origin coffee’s lesser companion- but that's far from the truth! They’re everywhere and there are a lot of misconceptions about these sweet brews. Throughout this series, we want to demystify blends and give them the credit we believe they deserve. To kick it all off, we thought we’d start with a common question: why do coffee companies even make blends in the first place?

    Let’s start by taking a closer look at a crowd favorite: West Coast Blend. This blend is comprised of 75% Brazil Cerrado and 25% Costa Rica Montañas del Diamante. While both of those coffees can definitely hang on their own, we wanted to create a coffee that... continue reading →

  4. National Pecan Day: No-Bake Pecan Pie Bites

    Tomorrow is National Pecan Day and we couldn't think of any better way to celebrate than with a healthy, protein-packed pecan recipe! We love incorporating pecans into our recipes because they're packed with essential vitamins and minerals (19 to be exact), like fiber and calcium. Pecans are also high in healthy fats, which keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. Is there anything this nut can't do?!

    So we thought we’d honor this delicious nut by putting a healthy spin on a classic comfort food: pecan pie. These sweet little things come together quickly, ACTUALLY taste like pecan pie, and are vegan, raw, and gluten free!

    Ingredients

    1 ½ cup raw pecans ½ cup raw almonds 10 medjool... continue reading →
  5. What The Heck is Nitro Cold Brew?

    We’ve been hyping up our Nitro Cold Brew Coffee for a few weeks now and it just hit us… some of you might be thinking “WHAT THE HECK IS NITRO COLD BREW?” And “WHY SHOULD I DRINK IT?”

    So we thought we’d break it down for you:

    It all started in 2014, when our coffee team started experimenting with cold brew on tap and in bottles. It was sort of a passion project. Simply put, our team loved making cold brew and wanted to share it with our customers. As the years went on, we realized that we had a good thing going. Our cold brew was good. Like… really good. That's where nitro came onto the scene. West Michigan... continue reading →