Ferris Blog

  1. 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 value... continue reading →

  2. National Nutrition Month

    3 reasons why you should choose Ferris nuts or trail mixes over that bag of chips you've been contemplating:

    Not All Fats Are BadYou can have your nuts and eat them too! Many believe that nuts are not good for you because they are just too darn satiating. We want to make sure the high-in-fat-therefore-not-good-for-you stigma is set straight. Nuts are high in monounsaturated fats, also known as the good fats that reduce bad cholesterol in the body. According to the American Heart Association, intake of monounsaturated fats can lower risk of stroke or heart disease.

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    Live a Long Healthy LifeAccording to a recent study recorded by the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, nut and... continue reading →

  3. Lush Gourmet in Grand Rapids

    170016_LushGR_Blog_0012.jpg#asset:4275If you have visited our West Side location lately, you’ve probably been introduced to Lush Gourmet Foods through the delightful smells of our latest batch of Rose and Pink Peppercorn Almonds or Hot Curry Peanuts. In case you haven’t heard, Ferris invested in Lush Gourmet Foods of Kalamazoo, MI last year. Bisera Urdarevik, founder of Lush Gourmet, has joined the Ferris team as Creative Director of Product Development. Today, we’re happy to officially announce that Lush Gourmet operations have successfully transitioned from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. Bisera has been getting settled in the new Lush production space behind the retail shop, we encourage you to follow your nose, stop by... continue reading →

  4. Costa Rica Tier Flight

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    Costa Rica is rich in the diversity of the specialty coffee that is produced there. For those who enjoy an occasional cup as well as for the coffee enthusiasts, Costa Rica has continually displayed a depth of variety in offerings that span a wide spectrum of unique qualities. As our Director of Coffee, Sam Mirto has traveled to Costa Rica to work with our producers, we've been able to develop our relationship with them over the years. With approachability at the forefront of our minds, we’re thrilled to share those connections with you and offer a new experience here at Ferris: The Costa Rica Tier Flight.

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    This custom designed bundle highlights three different coffees... continue reading →

  5. Coffee + Beer

    Coffee and beer.

    Arguably two of the world’s greatest beverages. And while it is documented that beer was used as payment for laborers in the early years of civilization, some might suggest that coffee was consumed while brewing those first batches of beer. Okay, so that’s probably not factually accurate, but it is safe to say that coffee and beer are two of the most culturally-influencing beverages throughout human history. This is evident even to this day, especially here in Michigan.

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    We’ve written at length detailing the parallels between the specialty coffee and craft beer cultures. The overlap in nuance, vernacular, and social prominence create some fun and interesting conversation (not to mention web content... continue reading →