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  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 in mind composting becomes the much more responsible, ethical, and obvious choice. 

    At our main facility on Winter Ave, we... continue reading →

  2. Happy National Walnut Day! Nut Blog Series

    2058-Nut-Blog-Series-Walnuts-Header.png#asset:4814What’s up with walnuts?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!

    HistoryThe 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 the silk road and eventually brought to the Americas by English merchant marines. Another varietal, the black walnut, developed differently in the... continue reading →

  3. A Cashew Story - Nut Blog Series

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    A Cashew StoryContinuing 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.

    HistoryThe 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 would have illustrated! In the late 1500s, Portuguese colonists brought the cashew tree from Brazil to West Africa and then to India... continue reading →

  4. 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 and do not steam well for a latte. This is what motivated him to experiment with a healthy and steam-able... continue reading →

  5. 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 seed consumption is related to decreasing the biological aging process by approximately 1.5 years.Tucker, Larry A. "Consumption of Nuts and Seeds... continue reading →