Ferris Blog

  1. 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... continue reading →

    • Date:
      09/14/2016
    • Author:
      James Fry
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  2. Sprinkles Donuts


    We’re so excited to celebrate with our friends over at Sprinkles Donuts as they get settled into their new location in Rockford, Michigan. Sprinkles Donut Shop is a new coffee customer here at Ferris, and we’re glad to see our coffee paired with their amazing baked goods. Nothing like a good cup of coffee alongside an amazing donut!

    “We love partnering with Ferris because of the values that we share” says Gary VanderSteldt, owner of Sprinkles Donuts. “Our goal, and the reason we continue to be successful, is to constantly focus on quality. Quality ingredients help us to make the best donuts possible, and we want the best quality coffee to be alongside every donut.”

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  3. Summer Collective on Winter - August 27th


    We're excited to announce our first annual, Summer Collective on Winter, an event focused on featuring local artists, musicians, vendors and craftspeople to celebrate the passion behind creating. Doors for the event open at 1pm on Saturday, August 27th. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or at the door for $5.

    The idea behind the Summer Collective on Winter is to create an event geared towards supporting individuals in our community who take their craft seriously. Our day to day at Ferris is fueled by pursuing the craft of specialty coffee and then inviting our customers into that experience. We often find inspiration in and look up to other people in the community who are pursuing something... continue reading →

  4. Trust Building - New Location!


    Construction is well underway at our Trust Building location on the corner of Ottawa and Pearl in downtown Grand Rapids. Our staff is working hard to prepare for the grand opening, and we’re proud to announce the manager of our new coffee shop, Jessica Coles! If you’ve been around much, you’ve probably met Jess at our West Side location, but in case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her yet, here’s a little Q & A with her!

    Q – Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    I’ve been working at Ferris for just over two years, and before that I worked for five years as a barista and assistant manager for JP’s Coffee in Holland. Working in coffee... continue reading →

  5. ArtPrize Teams Up with Ferris Coffee & Nut for Eighth Annual Event

    (Special thanks to the team at ArtPrize for sharing this exciting news! You can find the original post on their own blog HERE.)

    This three-year partnership will bring the Official Coffee of ArtPrize and a one-night Latte Art Throwdown competition to the 19-day event this fall.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (July 28, 2016) -- ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided equally by public vote and expert jury, today announced a new three-year partnership with Ferris Coffee & Nut -- a family-owned and -operated company dedicated to making the craft of great coffee approachable to the communities it serves. This dynamic partnership and sponsor activation will bring the Official Coffee of ArtPrize, as well as a one-night Latte... continue reading →