Why Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters?
We are often asked why our coffee is so smooth and well balanced when compared to other coffees. Well first of all, we start with only the best specialty grade, 100% Arabica raw coffee beans found in the premier growing regions throughout the world. Here is where we have an advantage over the big commercial coffee roasters – we can locate & purchase better quality raw beans because we don’t need volume of beans they need per year. Then we gently roast our beans by hand in a 5 kilo Millennium shop roaster at lower heat to maximize the roast development time. This allows us to roast the coffee beans evenly, throughout the entire bean. The end result is a smooth, never bitter cup of coffee. The commercial roasters work to meet productivity demands, not quality, and rush the roasting process by cooking at much higher temperatures. The higher temperatures have the effect of charring the outside of the bean while shrinking the roast development time to a minute or two. This produces a coffee with a bite or bitterness that you can taste on the first sip which leads even the most experienced coffee drinker to reach for the cream & sugar!
After slow roasting our coffee, it is then air cooled for a few minutes prior to packaging. Believe it or not, many commercial roasters water cool their beans to add back in the weight lost in the roasting process! This is simply another profit driven measure since coffee is sold by weight, not volume.
We invite you to visit us during The Saturday Experience to learn more about coffee, including: farming & processing techniques; decaffeination; coffee brokerage & importing; Fair Trade & Direct Trade; the roasting process; coffee grinding & storage; brewing methods; espresso and much more! Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters Saturday Experience runs every Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm – excluding major holidays.
Gift Boxes, Chocolates & Other Stuff
In addition to our fresh roasted coffee and our own logo gear, we sell Premium Loose Leaf Tea, Bali’s Best Coffee Candy, Sencha Naturals Green Tea Leaf Mints, various chocolate covered goodies, coffee infused pure Michigan maple syrup, hand-framed burlap coffee bags, locally crafted coffee themed jewelry and various coffee brewing items. Custom gift boxes are available and range in price depending on items selected.
While supplying many local independent coffee shops, restaurants, churches and businesses, Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters coffee can also be found in these specialty stores: Kingma’s Market & Butcher Shop, Creston Market, Grand Central Market, Stems Flower Market, Sugar Momma’s Bakery & Café, The Local Epicurean, Painted Farmgirl & Friends, Moon Drop Herbals, Wealthy & Hall Street Bakeries, Louis Earl Butcher, Under the Vines, The Fulton Street Farmers Market, Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery and Global Infusion in Grand Rapids and Central Park Market in Holland. Delivery to businesses is free of charge on orders of 10 pounds or more within the Grand Rapids area. Order Monday through Friday before 10:00am and we will deliver your fresh roasted coffee the next business day.
Other businesses enjoying our fresh roasted coffee include: Making Thyme Kitchen, Robert W. Baird & Company, B&G Sales of Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health Hospital, Crop Marks Printing, Leedy Manufacturing Company, Grand Apps, The Image Shoppe, Bazzani Building Company, Theological Book Network, O’Connors Homebrew Supply, MGB Designers, Creswick Farm, Media Rare, Amway Corporation, BarFly Ventures, Cornerstone University, Growco Indoor Garden Supply, Jansma Family Eyecare, Trinity CRC, New Life Christian Fellowship, G.B. Russo & Son, DPT Solutions, Tassier Sugar Bush, Arie Nol Auto Center, Mud Lake Farm, Boston Square Church, Lemmen Holton Cancer Pavilion, Crown Jewel Spa & Salon, Boxed GR and Wolverine World Wide.
Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters Location
We are located at 1111 Godfrey Ave SW in the south building (the corner of Hall St. & Godfrey Ave.) two blocks west of US 131. Enter off Hall Street at the back of the building and proceed up the wooden stairs to the loading dock area (Dock #4). Follow the fresh roasted coffee aroma down the hallway to the freight elevator or stairs which are on your left and go up to the top (fifth) floor, suites S-520 & S-530. We are directly across the hallway from the freight elevator or stairs. If you need assistance with the freight elevator, please call 616.308.7753 and we will gladly meet you in the lobby.