Posts by James Fry

  1. What is Ferris Brew Crew?

    What is Ferris Brew Crew? Remember sliced bread? Well, it’s the best thing since that. Ferris Brew Crew is our West Side coffee shop’s version of a mug club. It opens up a whole new world of coffee to our members, and let’s you get in the know, even before we are.

    Joining Brew Crew gets you more than just great coffee and deals; it also connects you with other coffee enthusiasts through events, parties and more. Want to learn how to make a great pour over? Brew Crew has classes for that. Roastery tours? Got that too. Early access to new coffee and great discounts on gear? Check and check. Brew Crew members are covered all year long.

    Sign-ups begin on December 1st, so get ready to join the best group... continue reading →

  2. New Coffee - Kenya Kiangoi Peaberry

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    We’re really excited to share a glimpse of the behind the scenes for how we’ve been creating the new coffee identities you’ve seen floating around! Storytelling helps to connect so many aspects of what we do here at Ferris. It’s really driven by our people and the experiences behind the scenes. For example, as Sam Mirto travels to search for some of the world’s best coffee offerings, his stories help to influence the way we approach the coffee he brings home. From the nuances of the processing methods, to the unique characteristics of the region itself, Sam’s stories guide the way we present our coffees to you!

    In line with telling stories, we’re really excited to introduce our new Kenya Kiangoi Peaberry to you all. Below, Sam explains a little... continue reading →

    • Date:
      11/14/2016
    • Author:
      James Fry
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  3. National Coffee Day Throwdown - September 29th

    --- UPDATE - Due to weather, the National Coffee Day Throwdown will be held at our West Side location - 227 Winter Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 ---

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    National Coffee Day is less than 24 hours away, and we’re gearing up for the ArtPrize Latte Art Throwdown in downtown Grand Rapids! The grand prize? The coveted La Marzocco – Linea Mini! We’re excited to welcome baristas from all around the Midwest in this single elimination bracket style throwdown. It’s an event worthy of National Coffee Day!

    Linea Mini

    We’ve partnered with Food 4 Farmers, a non profit organization that works to ensure food security through sustainable solutions for coffee farmers and their families. Every raffle ticket enters you for a chance to win a free... continue reading →

  4. The Official Coffee of ArtPrize 8 - Ethiopia Ayehu

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    Echoing this year’s ArtPrize theme, there’s a balance between art and science within coffee. With the Official Coffee of ArtPrize 8, our Ethiopia Ayehu, we’ve explored a new approach to roasting coffee. Our goal is to help coffee drinkers, from both ends of the roast preference spectrum, to experience something new and outside their typical morning routine. Sam Mirto, our Director of Coffee, and Nick Van Slett, our Head Roaster help to explain a little more of what that process looked like as we’ve prepared this coffee offering.

    “Given the theme of ArtPrize this year, we wanted to explore the idea of getting people out of their comfort zones through contrasting flavors in coffee. To do this, we sourced a very nuanced coffee from Ethiopia called Ayehu and roasted it two different ways. As a... continue reading →

    • Date:
      09/28/2016
    • Author:
      James Fry
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  5. Artprize Throwdown - September 29th

    Artprize 8 embraces the challenge it is to consider a different perspective and to step out of our own comfort zones. Whether viewing artwork from a different angle, or putting ourselves in another's shoes, considering other viewpoints allows us to have a better understanding of the whole. The same is true in coffee. Art and science seem to always be in opposition, but in coffee, when both perspectives are in harmony, the result is evident in every cup. Baristas are no strangers to this tension, and when both art and science are balanced well, there is a better presentation of the whole experience of coffee.

    To share this experience with Grand Rapids, we've partnered with Artprize to bring a throwdown of throwdowns to the stage of Rosa Parks Circle on September 29th - National Coffee Day. We're inviting baristas from around the country... continue reading →

    • Date:
      09/14/2016
    • Author:
      James Fry
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