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!
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, Uptown and Downtown Market shops.
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. Its Uptown location was named Michigan’s best coffee shop by Business Insider; a second shop is open on the West Side.
Ferris has roasted and distributed specialty coffees (and gourmet nuts) since 1924. The company offers factory tours, operates a Coffee Lab aimed at educating professional baristas and home brewing enthusiasts, and serves up coffee at its headquarters on Seward, their locations in Holland and Lansing.
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.
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.
This inclusive, community-minded café space in the Uptown neighborhood believes “coffee is an experience that is best shared with friends in a comfortable environment.” The café serves its own brand of specialty coffees that are roasted at Schuil Coffee Co.
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.
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A number of local breweries use coffee in select beer recipes. Some best bets include Breakfast Stout at Founders Brewing Company, Brewtus Coffee Porter at Elk Brewing, Sabotage Milk Stout at Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co., Melquiades Stout Nitro at Creston Brewery, Charles Bradley at Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Labyrinth at Osgood Brewing and a rotating selection of coffee-infused beers at E.B. Coffee & Pub.
Long Road Distillers teamed with Madcap Coffee to create Amaro Pazzo, an Italian herbal liqueur made with Madcap’s Reko coffee. Gray Skies Distillery uses roasted coffee beans from Rowster in its coffee liqueur.
Try the tiramisu at Amore Trattoria Italiana, cappuccino cake at The Cakabakery, coffee macarons at Le Bon Macaron, espresso crème brulée at Rose’s on Reeds Lake and dark chocolates made with Elk Brewing’s Coffee Porter at MoKAYA.
Note: Beer, spirit and menu selections may change, please check availability with individual locations before you go.
Location: 4800 44th Street Southwest