Ferris Blog

  1. All About Peanuts -- Nut Blog Series

    The next feature in our nut blog series is not a nut at all, at least botanically speaking! It is a legume that goes by many names...the ground nut, earth nut, ground pea, goober, monkey nut but is most commonly known as...the peanut! 

    History and Origin
    All Ferris peanuts are US-grown, though the species isn't native to the continental US. Originally, they hail from South America and made their journey to the states by taking the “scenic route.” Like many plants during the colonialism era, Spanish explorers brought the legume across the ocean and introduced the crop to Europe and Africa. Eventually peanuts made their way from Africa to North America during the Atlantic slave trade. Peanuts began in this... continue reading →

  2. Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Crumbled Roasted Salted Pistachios

    Goat cheese and dates have been long-time pals in the culinary world. Cody Gallagher, our Food & Beverage Manager, has found a way to freshen (and lighten) up this old classic by incorporating fresh sage and Ferris Roasted Salted Pistachios.

    Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Crumbled Roasted Salted Pistachios

    1/2 cup goat cheese
    1lb Ferris pitted dates
    2tsp fresh sage, minced 
    1/2 cup Ferris Roasted Salted Pistachios, shelled

    Pulse pistachios in a food processor until finely crumbled.
    Combine goat cheese and sage in a bowl, mix well. 
    Make cuts on one side of each date, and open them up for stuffing. 
    Fill each date so that it's brimming with goat cheese, and top each with a hearty dusting of pistachio.


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  3. New Coffee Offerings

    Sam Mirto, our Director of Coffee has been traveling and meeting with various coffee producers to plan some really great offerings for the coming year. You may recognize some names from last year alongside a few that are brand new. However, with the new crop, even the coffees we know and love may have changed in tasting notes, tiers, scoring, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for these offerings and our new packaging coming soon!

    All available now in-store and online
    Montañas del Diamante
    Tier 1
    This coffee comes from a single farm called Gamboa which lies in the Dota Valley micro-region of Tarrazú. A white honey process combined with solar drying technology is used to produce a coffee that has... continue reading →

  4. Coffee Catering + Ferris Coffee Truck

    Coffee Catering + Ferris Coffee Truck 
    Q&A with Hope Berghuis, Coffee Events Coordinator

    You may have seen the Ferris coffee truck parked around town or a Ferris brew bar at a local event serving up coffee drinks to the community. Now that summer is in full swing, opportunities for the coffee truck and brew bar have been popping up! The Ferris Coffee truck is our coffee on wheels — our version of a food truck. The Brew Bar is a pop-up coffee counter where our team brews pour overs and serves coffee for different events. We sat down with Hope Berghuis, our Coffee Events Coordinator, to get the scoop on past and upcoming events as well as opportunities through catering. 

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  5. Ferris is Moving!

    The West Side is not only the best side—it's home

    In the late 1800s, William Ferris started a hotel and coffee shop in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has moved several times, had a handful of different owners, and has developed and transformed. However, one aspect of Ferris has remained consistent throughout the years: the business has always been west of the Grand River and has always been proud to be part of the West Side community. Ferris has moved from Front St. to Fulton St. to our current location on Winter Ave. In the 2nd quarter of 2018 our headquarters will move yet again into the American Seating Building on Seward & 7th. This move is not only continuing the tradition of calling... continue reading →