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Coffee Terms: What is a Q-Grader?

Coffee Terms: What is a Q-Grader?

"Q-Grading" is a term used a lot in the specialty coffee world, so what is it exactly? Today we're going to break down what it's about, how people become certified, and the significance of what it all means. Luckily for us at Ferris, we have two staff members who are certified and can explain it all for us.

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Origin Story: Honduras UNIOCAFÉ

Origin Story: Honduras UNIOCAFÉ

Since 2007, UNIOCAFE has invested in its producer network by providing training, financing and access to coffee buyers. In 2016, UNIOCAFE expanded its programs to focus on empowering youth, promoting gender equity and addressing climate change — and were identified as an ideal group for the Coffee Kids program to team with. Currently, UNIOCAFE provides young producers with best-practices training in coffee cultivation, cupping and coffee quality, as well as processing and preparation for export. At the same time, the youth are learning how to develop strong organizational and business skills.

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Origin Story: Burundi Cofee

Origin Story: Burundi Cofee

We're excited to have a new single-origin coffee coming into our roaster this season! When we set out to create our coffee calendar to reflect the agricultural seasons of the world, we couldn't have anticipated how much the world would change amid a pandemic. The coffee industry wasn't invincible to the troubles of COVID and across the globe, from farm to roaster, we've seen the difficulties hitting at every level. From shortages of workers to pick ripe cherries at the farm level to importing delays at ports, the effects are everywhere.  This isn't to say we're unprepared. With our deep-rooted and long-lasting relationships cultivated over the...

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Lansing Café Now Open

Lansing Café Now Open

Lansing's Capital City Market is NOW OPEN!  A part of The Gillespie Group’s long-awaited BLOCK600 development, this market by Meijer is focused on providing fresh and convenient food with value to customers. The 4,500 square foot produce department, which will feature and promote Michigan-produced goods, is restocked with fresh food seven days a week and boasts 3,500 products that are unique to Michigan. The store also has six full aisles of food goods, and several aisles of home, health and beauty supplies. At Ferris Coffee, we're lucky to be a part of the new journey in the Lansing community. Our new location...

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