Ferris Blog

  1. Punch You in the Face Acidity: Thirikwa

    Kenyan coffees have consistently been some of our favorites because of their punchy acidity and juiciness. Back again this year, Thirikwa will leave you impressed with the region’s unique flavor profile. 

    The History of Coffee in Kenya

    Although Ethiopia is believed to be the region from which coffee originated, Kenya didn’t begin to grow and cultivate the crop until 1893. Through a complicated and difficult history of British colonization and wars, it wasn’t until after 1960 that some Africans were allowed to grow coffee but still had major restrictions put on them. Thankfully after many reforms, coffee growers in Kenya have more freedom without the fear of penalties from the government. The region is noted for its co-op system... continue reading →

  2. It's Time to Stress Less

          Who has stress? Who thinks they can manage stress on their own? These are the questions that prompted Ferris to look into better options for their employees and families.

           The average American worker will spend a third of their life at work so it’s no surprise that work-life can bleed into home-life and vice-versa. With mental health becoming the No. 1 public health concern, companies have begun to seek out better ways to support their employees beyond the paycheck. When it comes to happiness in the workplace, recent studies have highlighted the most pressing issues and how to overcome them as an employer.

           For the past two years, Mental Health America... continue reading →

  3. 2019 Rwandan Coffees

    This month, two amazing Rwandan coffees will be coming to our shops and online store and we truly cannot wait to share them with you. While they both come from Rwanda, each coffee is unique in it’s flavor and brings with it stories that are special to our team here at Ferris. 

    The first coffee is a fan favorite that we’re bringing back for it’s 3rd year! Rwanda Bushoki came to us when our Director of Coffee, Sam, made a trip to Rwanda in 2016. He cupped an assortment of coffees at the Rwanda Trading Company facility in the town of Kigali, but Bushoki stood out as his favorite coffee on the table. 

    Rwanda Trading Company Cupping Lab

    Bushoki is grown... continue reading →

  4. Ferris Artist's Mini Market

    In 2018, we remodeled our Ferris Coffee - Holland space and opened the doors to the Ferris Artist's Mini Market, a marketplace for local artists. This space is all about supporting local artists + getting the public to interact with their work. This year, we will be offering a rotating artist exhibition space within the Mini Market. Artists of all kinds -painting, ceramics, weaving, you name it!- will be able to sell their artwork in our space, located right in the heart of Downtown Holland- a bustling small town center. Ferris will retain a 20% commission from all work sold, but artists will not be required to pay a deposit or lease fee. 

    If you're a local artist interested in sharing +... continue reading →

    • Date:
      01/14/2019
    • Author:
      Lina Lash
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  5. Our Retail Space Has Moved!

    If you haven't heard the news, now you have- our beloved retail space has moved from 227 Winter Ave to our new HQ on Seward Ave! Lucky for us (and our movers), it was only a four block move. Our new retail space features many of the products you came to know from our old space, with a refreshed style. In addition to the classics, we're also featuring self-serve bulk bins and a grind your own nut butter station (Endless peanut butter? SIGN US UP). Freshly brewed coffee and a simple espresso menu are available for shoppers, too! 

    New Retail Address: 839 Seward Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI

    Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

    We are so excited to share this new space with... continue reading →