Ferris Coffee & Nut | Coffee Shop Review, Grand Rapids, MI

While I was hanging around Grand Rapids, I was inspired to write a few blogs about some local coffee shops and share my review of them. I had so much fun doing this research and spending time in all of the different cafés. In these blogs I’ll share with you:

  • Why I would go to each coffee shop
  • The pros and cons of the cafés
  • How Instagramable they are!
 Photo by James Fry

Photo by James Fry

Ferris Coffee & Nut

277 Winter Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

How would I define it?

Ferris is a friendly, minimalistic, store front bar with a focused atmosphere. 

I found out about Ferris Coffee through the magic of Twitter! Earlier that day I tweeted that I was coffee shop hopping and James Fry tweeted me back saying I had to check out Ferris Coffee. So, I made it there around 3:30, got to meet James who is a crazy talented photographer and I met the head barista of Ferris, Dan. The coolest thing I learned about Ferris Coffee is that they have a mug club! You buy a membership/mug at the beginning of the year, and you get anliteral actual spot on the shelf behind the bar with your name on it where your mug is housed. Then, for the duration of the year, you get amazing perks, discounts, free stuff and invitations to mug club events! James told me about it and if my memory serves me right he is number 8 on the wall. I have never heard of anything like this before and I gotta be honest, I WANT TO BE IN THE MUG CLUB! It’s a pretty fantastic bargain for coffee lovers, especially if you live, work, or go to school downtown. 

The indoor cafe space is fairly small, but you can’t beat the free parking! When I arrived everyone there was working- no conversations were going on. So this might not be the best place to catch up with friends.

When would I go to Ferris Coffee?



I would head to Ferris to study, write or have a meeting. I would also swing by Ferris for a coffee to go, because they have free parking and the coffee was the bomb.com! 

Instagram score

9 out of 10

This shop literally has walls of windows, (they open as sliding doors in the spring and summer) letting light in, soit’s beautiful. However, there are only 3 or 4 spots in the cafe that I would feel comfortable taking Instagrams without feeling like I was interrupting others trying to work, because most of the seating in the shop is a large community working table. 




Free Parking, great location, great place to concentrate, people there were on a “know your name” basis.


Closes early, limited indoor seating, you might have to sit at a community table. 

Have you been to Ferris Coffee? What do you love about it? 

Huge thanks to James for the tip about Ferris, I will definitely be back. 

Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,