6 Must Try Coffee Shops In Grand Rapids
If you are familiar with Grand Rapids, then I am sure you have seen the vast number of coffee shops that the city has to offer. I enjoy good coffee, so when they put a new coffee shop in my apartment building, I was thrilled. The coffee is good, and it’s definitely convenient having quick and easy access to it, but I have found better in the city. From big coffee shops to hipster, hole in the wall lounges, Grand Rapids offers variety and options for some really good coffee. Many of these shops offer other things as well such as teas, pastries, and fancier coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. I personally only drink plain, black coffee, so the quality of the beans and flavors matters to me. Let’s take a look at what I consider to be the best coffee shops in Grand Rapids.
Madcap is one of my favorite coffee places in Grand Rapids. Sometimes I skip out of the office and go to Monroe Center to grab coffee just because it is so good. While strolling through the downtown market on the weekends, there is another location there as well. This company also operates for the highest quality product through ethical means. Many of their farmers get paid double the standard price or more if the quality of their harvest is good enough for Madcap to distribute. The owners travel the world, sampling thousands of coffees and only choosing the best of the best to sell in their stores. The beans are shipped within 24 hours of being roasted to ensure a fresh and quality product. If you haven’t tried their coffee yet, then I highly reccommend it.
Ferris Coffee & Nut Company
Many of you have seen the headquarter for Ferris Coffee and Nut from the highway. Or maybe you have seen it driving through the west side of Grand Rapids. However, if you are looking to try their products, I reccommend visiting their cafe downtown. It is at the corner of Ottawa Ave and Pearl St downtown. They offer premium coffee products with an emphasis on sustainability. Knowing that a their busines relies on plant-grown food and beverages, they focus on sustainability to ensure that there will be a steady supply of crops continuously. This affects everything from their growers and roasters, to the supply chain and retail stores. They also offer partnerships with companies to provide premium quality coffee in the workplace. If you want to try them out, they have shops outside of downtown on the west side, in Holland, and in the entrance of their Headquarters.
P.S. If you like iced coffee, try out their Nitro Cold Brew. You can thank me later.
The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newstand
This Coffee shop is one of the favorites for locals of the area. They offer a large selection of brews that are made from organic, fair-trade coffees and teas. These come from suppliers such as Arbor Teas, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Spirit Tea. There is a large display of local artwork here, as well as a wall of magazines, newspapers, and books for you to read while you enjoy your expertly crafted drink. The Sparrows also strives to be as eco-friendly as possible. They do this through providing discounts for bringing in your own cup, using compostable materials, and using glass, ceramic, and metal dishes in house to minimize waste. Stop in and you will see why this is one of the top coffee shops in Grand Rapids.
Rowster coffee is a sleek, modern style coffee shop with several locations across the city. The simplistic style of the shops make the perfect place for a business meeting, reading a book, or working on that next assignment. They began as a one man operation, handroasting their beans for events at local venues. The popularity grew and they opened their first shop in 2010. The success that followed allowed them to expand to the for current locations they have, including the newest on in the Belknap area, right by the new Grand Valley University building. Until recently, you could watch them make your coffee from a fresh batch of beans, while watching the next batch as it roasted. This proved the commitment to quailty and freshness that they are committed to.
This coffee shop was originally founded on the commitment to preserve art and music in the public school system. In this process, they started the coffee shop as a warm and inviting environment to bring together members of the community. This has lead them to partener with local band booster programs to provide scholarship opportunites. They combine these efforts with community service to better the local area. So far, they have provided over 186 scholarships and 6,000 hours of community service. The shops they have focus on fresh, organic coffee and teas. They emphasize the brewing techniques for different styles and flavors to get the best taste. This ranges from the French Press to Chemex and pour overs. Stop in and help support the local community with your purchase.
The Bitter End Coffeehouse
The Bitter End is a west side staple that is quite popular amongst college students and night owls alike. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This makes it popular for third shifters and those late night study sessions. They offer a variety of organic and Fair Trade Certified coffees, as well as kombucha, bubble tea, lattes, french press and loose leaf teas. For something simpler, the also offer smoothies, RedBull and sodas. The unique blends they have offer over 100 different combinations ro find the right flavor profile for you. This shop is a unique little place, dimly lit and full of history. Next time you’re out late or have a long night ahead of you, consider giving them a try.