Ferris Blog

  1. 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 →

  2. 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... continue reading →

  3. Happy National Walnut Day! Nut Blog Series

    What’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!

    History
    The 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... continue reading →

  4. A Cashew Story - Nut Blog Series

    A Cashew Story
    Continuing 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.

    History
    The 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... continue reading →

  5. See you at the SCA!


    This Wednesday we’re flying out to the SCA’s (Specialty Coffee Association) Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, WA. The Expo is April 20–23rd. This is the largest international coffee show in the world, and the first time that we are exhibiting in Seattle! We can hardly wait to share coffee and ideas and network with other industry professionals.

    If you’re attending, come visit us at our booth #1807! We’ll be serving coffee, espresso beverages, and our House Made Nut Milks. We will also be making appearances, and brewing coffee at the Wilbur Curtis booth (#1344) and the Ally Booth (#2433)!


    Be a part of our journey to Seattle by following us on Instagram, Twitter... continue reading →