Beer isn’t the only brew Grand Rapids does exceptionally well – local coffee roasters also enjoy widespread acclaim. And like the area’s renowned beer scene, our coffee culture is rooted in community, innovation and passion.
One local company has been roasting coffee for 100 years. Another is consistently ranked among the best coffee roasters in the country. Others distinguish themselves through distinctive ingredients, roasting techniques and brewing preferences. The result is a countless variety of homegrown flavors and blends available at coffee shops, restaurants and supermarkets through the city.
You’re sure to find a new favorite cup of joe!
Coffee RoastersBack to Top of List
At Madcap, the garage door of the former auto shop opens out onto a patio during warmer weather months.
Photo by Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
Named one of the nation’s best coffee roasters by Epicurious, Men’s Journal, Thrillist and more, Madcap distributes to locations across the U.S. But only in Grand Rapids can you experience the full Madcap effect, complete with award-winning barista service – at the company’s Downtown and Uptown locations.
You pronounce the “row” in Rowster like “row your boat” – a nod to both the clean, fresh waters of West Michigan and the waters of each global region from which Rowster sources beans. The company distributes its small-batch coffee blends to its Uptown café – once named Michigan’s best coffee shop by Business Insider – as well as to restaurants and grocery stores.
Ferris Coffe serves up coffee in Grand Rapids, Holland and Lansing locations.
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Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.
This family-owned company has roasted and distributed specialty coffees (and gourmet nuts) since 1924. The company serves up a wide variety of coffee drinks in a retail café at its West Side headquarters and supplies products to many local grocery stores, restaurants and businesses.
Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters
This wholesale micro-batch roaster supplies 30+ local businesses and hundreds of retail customers – and it opens to the public every Saturday for a unique education and tasting experience.
Schuil roasts and sells more than 100 different types of coffee
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Schuil Coffee Co
One of the first Michigan companies to roast, package and sell specialty coffees continues to wholesale coffee and tea from around the world to Midwest retailers, coffee shops and restaurants. It operates a retail coffee shop at its Kentwood roasting facility.
Herman's Boy roasts its own coffee in-house. You'll also find plenty of options on the food menu.
Photo by Herman's Boy
Carrying on the legacy of The Coffee Ranch, a coffee roaster founded in Grand Rapids in 1901, Herman’s Boy roasts the highest grade coffees from around the world on premises – and serves them at its Rockford coffee shop, along with baked goods, deli items, candy, fudge and kitchen gadgets.
Littlefoot Coffee Roasters
Named 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Michigan State University Product Center, Littlefoot roasts a variety of seasonal single-origin and blend varieties, both whole bean and ground, at its Grandville headquarters. You can order their coffees online for shipping or curbside pickup.
Jam’nBean Coffee Company
Joe’s Brother Coffee
This micro coffee roaster uses a unique hot air system known as fluid air bed roasting to eliminate the bitterness that sometimes results from drum-roasting. Company founder Steven (Joe’s brother) donates profits to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), which took Joe’s life. Shop online for shipping or enjoy a cup at Eternal Coffee in Comstock Park.
Wildroast Coffee Co., a specialty coffee shop in a 100-year-old Grandville building.
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Coffee ShopsBack to Top of List
The Grand Rapids area is also home to an abundance of locally owned coffee shops featuring selections from the companies profiled above and other master roasters. Popular gathering spots include:
- Bitter End Coffee House, a 24/7 coffee café on the city’s West Side, just a few blocks from downtown.
- Common Ground, an Uptown favorite with a menu of locally roasted fair-trade organic coffees plus a wide variety of specialty drinks.
- The Happy Cat Café, serving up coffee, kittens and purr happiness on the edge of downtown.
- Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge, a comfy, convenient downtown favorite in a historic building.
- Mayan Buzz Café serves up premium organic coffee plus tea and food with a Central American flair at its downtown and Grandville locations.
- Morning Ritual, a West Side shop specializing in handcrafted floral and herbal coffee flavors.
- The Mortals, which invites guests to its downtown location to have conversations about mortality over internationally inspired coffee.
- PaLatté Coffee & Art, a downtown shop offering an ever-changing gallery of local artists’ work along with delectable coffees, teas and pastries.
- Roots Brew Shop, a West Side destination for premium coffee and freshly made food.
- Shift Coffee + Culture, steps from the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University, is a coffee shop with a mission to support minority-owned businesses.
- Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, on the north edge of downtown, is known for real ingredient-focused, globally-influenced beverages.
- Downtown’s Social Misfits pairs micro-roasted artisanal coffees with craft cocktails and scratch-made waffle dishes.
- Squibb Coffee maintains a Coffee & Wine Bar in Uptown, Rise + Squibb coffee shop + bakery on the West Side and a Coffee Bar in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.
- Stovetop Café in Uptown features coffees freshly roasted two hours down the road in Ann Arbor.
- Tillie Ruth’s Coffee & Tea inside the Bridge Street Market, serving locally roasted, fair-trade organic coffee.
- Wildroast Coffee Co., a specialty coffee shop in a 100-year-old Grandville building.
Outdoor Coffee ShopsBack to Top of List
Relax with a cup of coffee, tea or other craft beverage on an outdoor patio at these shops:
- Madcap Coffee on Fulton Street is located in a renovated auto body shop and it opens its garage doors to extend seating into the outdoors in warm weather.
- Jam’nBean Coffee Company - Cascade provides summer seating on its landscaped front yard and expansive backyard deck.
- Outside Coffee Co. furnishes its beautiful garden setting with tables, chairs, hammocks and geodomes for serene outdoor sipping in any weather.
- Switchback Gear Exchange, a combo bike shop-coffee shop, has an outdoor patio equipped with tables & chairs, umbrellas, heaters, dog bowls and portable charging packs.
- The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand offers a selection of outdoor seating at its Uptown shop and an even more expansive patio at its Creston location, inside Kingma’s Market.
- That Early Bird in Uptown serves a hearty cup of joe – plus breakfast and lunch – on a shaded patio for protection from the sun.
- Lucy’s Café is a coffee bar, bakery and breakfast/lunch destination offering a spacious street-front patio shaded with bright green umbrellas.
Beer + CoffeeBack to Top of List
A number of local breweries use coffee in select beer recipes. Some best bets include Breakfast Stout at Founders Brewing Company, Sabotage Milk Stout at Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co., The Great Logjam of 1883 Nitro Coffee Porter at Creston Brewery, Black Betsy Coffee Stout at The Mitten Brewing Company, Daggerville Blonde Ale at Alebird Taphouse & Brewery, 3 Hour Stout at City Built Brewing, Charles Bradley Stout at Grand Rapids Brewing Company, and a rotating selection of coffee-infused beers at E.B. Coffee & Pub.
Coffee + SpiritsBack to Top of List
Three local distillers have incorporated rich coffee flavor into their handcrafted spirits: Long Road Distillers teamed with Madcap Coffee to create Amaro Pazzo, an Italian herbal liqueur blended with coffee. Eastern Kille Distillery uses locally roasted coffee beans in its Coffee Liqueur. Bier Distillery crafts a Hopjes-Coffee Candy Liqueur. Arktos, a local meadery, uses locally roasted and cold-brewed coffee in its Cricket Song Mead.
Coffee as DessertBack to Top of List
Try the tiramisu at Amore Trattoria Italiana, cappuccino cake at The Cakabakery, flourless chocolate-espresso cake at Gravity Taphouse & Grille, coffee macarons at Le Bon Macaron, the coffee toffee crunch bar at MoKAYA, a triple chocolate brownie (made with coffee dulce de leche) at Terra GR, baklava served with Turkish coffee at Zivio and Madcap Coffee ice cream at Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate.
Note: Beer, spirit and menu selections may change, please check availability with individual locations before you go.
Search for CoffeehousesBack to Top of List
- 455 Michigan Ave. NE
- 132 Monroe Center NW
- 632 Wealthy St SE
- 43 Fulton Street W
- 235 Louis Street NW
- 187 Monroe Ave. NW
- 710 Monroe Ave. NW
- 2845 Breton Rd SE
- 5316 Clyde Park SW
- 2500 East Beltline
- 4533 Ivanrest Ave. SW
- 146 Monroe Center NW
- 6275 28th St SE
- 235 Wealthy St SE
- 45 Ottawa Ave. SW
- 100 Wealthy St SE
- 752 W Fulton St
- 950 Wealthy St SE
- 8570 Belding Rd.
- 3000 Breton Rd. SE
- 1319 Fulton St. East
- 45 Ottawa Ave. SW Suite A
- 150 Ottawa Ave. NW
- 3979 W River Dr NE
- 1553 Plainfield Ave.