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Origin Story: California Almonds

Origin Story: California Almonds

At the end of February, myself and two other members of the Ferris team went on a trip to California to touch base with our almond and walnut suppliers. Our mission was to become better acquainted with the growing and processing methods of both of these tree nuts. In just two days we toured three almond processing facilities, two walnut shelling/processing facilities, an almond orchard and a walnut orchard. It was a busy two days! When we arrived in California, the last of the almonds were blooming. We watched the petal fall as we listened to the loud buzzing bees,...

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"What's the Strongest Coffee You Have?"

"What's the Strongest Coffee You Have?"

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get at Ferris is “What is the strongest coffee you have?” There isn’t really a simple answer to this question, therefore let me give you an explanation of some stuff first… Written by Sam Mirto, VP of Coffee Operations When we talk about strength in our coffee, what we’re actually referring to is the Total Dissolved Solids that have been incorporated into the solution (coffee) as a result of brewing. This gets complicated so I won’t go too in depth, but suffice to say that an ideal TDS percentage is in the...

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Specialty Coffee & Craft Beer

Specialty Coffee & Craft Beer

Written by Sam Mirto, Director of Coffee I feel like this is a topic I talk about all the time, but I don’t ever get tired of it. Coffee and beer end up in the same conversations on the reg, and for good reason. More and more these days, we’re seeing beer people in coffee bars, coffee people in breweries, coffee in beer, cold brew coffee that drinks like beer, skinny jeans, mug clubs, ironic mustaches, merch for days, collabs, bikes, those hats with the short brims, haircuts that are like shaved on the bottom and really long on top….Shoot,...

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Specialty Roaster Camaraderie

Specialty Roaster Camaraderie

Written by Sam Mirto, Director of Coffee   The specialty coffee industry continues to gain market share against the macro roasters of the world. Whether this is a result of a shift in ethos among the masses and representative of the food and beverage industry as a whole, or a movement that is specific to the coffee industry is up for debate, but no one can deny that people are more willing to pay for quality and sustainability these days. The validity of this movement is even evidenced by “macro” producers putting out ad campaigns that claim prowess for their...

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