Craig A. Patterson
Owner & Coffee Roaster
Craig started drinking coffee at age five, as required by his neighbor to have a piece of her delicious cinnamon coffee cake. From there, consumption of coffee followed over to Grandma's house - to go with Dutch windmill cookies. As Craig grew older, by age twelve, he dropped the cream & sugar and drank coffee with his dad after rocket football games with a Marge's apple fritter. Then he attended high school, college & graduate school where his coffee consumption grew exponentially and his tastes were refined. After several dead-end jobs, he started to research opening up a coffee shop in his beloved hometown of Grand Rapids. Canvassing all over town for years, he found out to his dismay that Starbucks & Beaner’s took up the prime retail sites in Grand Rapids.
After some soul searching in early 2002, Craig started to roast coffee beans at home while in the back of his mind, the idea of a coffee roasting business started to...percolate. Then in September 2007, he incorporated and purchased a brand new 5 kilo shop roaster from US Roaster Corporation - Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters was born!
A diligent search for the ideal location pursued, with success found in a near abandoned warehouse on the top floor in the scenic Black Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
A plain looking wooden picture frame, located on a shelf in the roastery, displays the $10.00 bill from the first bag of coffee sold, to none other than, his parents...
GR Coffee: Home of The Saturday Experience
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In business since 2007, Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters began at the corner of Hall & Godfrey in a 100+ year old building that once housed Johnson Furniture Company. We are a micro-roaster who strives to produce both a great cup of coffee and an entertaining field trip to customers who visit our roastery. Saturday is the day that we are open to the public and encourage anyone who enjoys fresh roasted coffee to visit us for free brewed coffee samples as well as a demonstration of the coffee roasting process. We are open from 10:00am to 3:00pm every Saturday (except for major holidays & special events). On select Saturdays customers may sample coffee in a variety of ways: Bunn Brewed, AeroPress, Toddy Cold Brew System, Chemex Drip, Melitta Pour-Over and French Press or by pulling a shot of espresso on our Faema Espresso Machine. Saturday customers receive the special discounted rate of two pounds of any one of our custom roasted Select Single Origin coffees starting at $24.00. Offerings include 23 Select Single Origin coffees, 24 Premium Specialty Blends, 3 Espresso Blends and a nice variety of gourmet flavored coffees. We produce many coffees and blends that are Fair Trade Organic Certified and take pride in being members of FarmLink, The West Michigan Farmers Cooperative and the Fulton Street Farmers Market.
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 Awesome Chocolates which are hand-made by Henry Klok Jr. out of Wayland, Michigan. His 9 piece boxed chocolates are available for $11.95. Other items available for purchase: Premium Loose Leaf Teas, Bali's Best Coffee Candy, Sencha Naturals Green Tea Leaf Mints, handcrafted gourmet granola from Daily De-Lish, hand-sewn re-purposed burlap market bags, messenger bags & lunch bags, hand-framed burlap coffee bags, locally crafted coffee themed jewelry and hand-made goat milk soaps Kinderhaven Farm.
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 and Butcher Shop, Creston Market, Grand Central Market, Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, Stems Flower Market, Sugar Momma's Bakery & Café, The Granola Goddess, The Local Epicurean, Painted Farmgirls & Friends, Moon Drop Herbals, Silverberry Kitchen, D&W Fresh Market, Under the Vines and Global Infusion in Grand Rapids, Central Park Market in Holland, & Zany Kitchen in Cheboygan. 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.
Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters Location
We are located at 1111 Godfrey Ave SW in the south building (the corner of Hall & Godfrey) 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.