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  1. 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 in the Rulindo region, a mountainous growing area in Rwanda.This washed coffee is a beautiful example of what Rwandan coffees... continue reading →

  2. How to Brew Coffee With a Chemex

    Oh the Chemex. This brewing device is one of our favorites here at Ferris. The Chemex is a glass, one-piece filtered coffee brewer that is both a brewer and a decanter! It comes in a variety of sizes (3,6,8, and 10 cup) which makes this sweet thang the perfect choice for brewing up a couple of cups of coffee for friends & family. Happy brewing! 

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  3. 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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  4. 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 like the butter, so try and get a little creative! Keep in mind, 1 cup of nuts will yield around... continue reading →

  5. Breaking Down Blends

    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. 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 would be approachable for light and dark roast coffee drinkers alike! The Cerrado brings some heavy chocolate and nutty notes to the base... continue reading →