Ferris Blog

  1. Composting With Urban Roots

    As a company that specializes in plant-grown food and beverages, we know that environmentally responsible business practices correlate to our future success.  One way that we implement these environmentally responsible practices is by composting. Composting is an opportunity to recycle our coffee and food waste into something useful and divert it from the landfill. After all, did you know that almost half of municipal waste is food waste? While this may sound like a good thing, biodegradable food items actually struggle to break down in landfills due to a lack of oxygen. Composting allows this waste to be aerated and broken down into nitrogen rich soil. A one-inch layer of compost provides soil with enough nutrients for a year. With this... continue reading →

  2. Happy National Walnut Day! Nut Blog Series

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    In honor of National Walnut Day, we are continuing our Nut Blog Series with walnuts! National Walnut Day was created in 1949 by the Walnut Marketing Board to encourage Americans to eat more walnuts. Walnuts are a very versatile nut and can be used in baking, cooking and plant-based milks!

    History
    The walnut tree has a rich history with people. Walnuts have been cultivated and consumed by humans for thousands of years, dating back to 7,000 BCE, and have been recognized for their health benefits since then. Today, three quarters of the global supply are produced in California.

    Though we call them “English” walnuts, in actuality they are native to Persia. Walnuts were traded along... continue reading →

  3. A Cashew Story - Nut Blog Series

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    A Cashew Story
    Continuing on with our Ferris Nut Blog Series, the next nut we are featuring is the cashew. The cashew, a favorite of many, has an exciting and rarely discussed story.

    History
    The cashew tree, native to the tropics of Brazil, is classified as a tropical evergreen tree. As a member of the Anacardiaceae family, the cashew’s closest relatives include the mango, poison ivy and sumac. The word cashew is derived from the Tupi word “acajou” which means “nut that produces itself”. This is most likely in reference to the fact that the cashew shaped fruit dangles below the fleshy, squash-shaped stem of the fruit (called the cashew apple). We think it looks like something Dr. Seuss... continue reading →

  4. See you at the SCA!

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    This Wednesday we’re flying out to the SCA’s (Specialty Coffee Association) Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, WA. The Expo is April 20–23rd. This is the largest international coffee show in the world, and the first time that we are exhibiting in Seattle! We can hardly wait to share coffee and ideas and network with other industry professionals.

    If you’re attending, come visit us at our booth #1807! We’ll be serving coffee, espresso beverages, and our House Made Nut Milks. We will also be making appearances, and brewing coffee at the Wilbur Curtis booth (#1344) and the Ally Booth (#2433)!

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    Be a part of our journey to Seattle by following... continue reading →

  5. How to Make Your Own Nut Milk

    “We are the perfect collision of two worlds, being a coffee & nut company, so why wouldn’t we experiment with nut milks?” – Cody Gallagher

    In recent years, nut milk has become an attractive beverage, even to those who are not dairy intolerant. There are many reasons why someone would want to drink it. On top of it being healthy, vegan, and environmentally sustainable, it can also be consumed for flavor profile and body.

    Cody Gallagher, Ferris west side coffee shop Barista, concocts all the Ferris coffee shop's specialty drinks. You could say he is a sort of coffee mixologist! He has been experimenting with non-dairy milks for some time now. He noticed that many milk alternatives in the marketplace lack nutritional... continue reading →