West Michigan Coffee Companies Join Forces

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GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. today announced it has acquired Hollandâ€based JP’s Coffee. The move bolsters Ferris Coffee’s increasing commitment to high-end beverages while providing JP’s new potential markets and additional resources for future growth.

Best known for its classic coffeehouse feel, JP’s has been serving customers for more than 20 years. The store offers a large selection of whole bean coffees, fresh-baked treats, and loose leaf tea served by its staff of trained baristas. JP’s Coffee will remain an independent location and continue to operate under the JP’s brand and the direction of the company founder, Jack Groot, while benefiting from the added resources, team and national reach of Ferris Coffee. The Midwest Barista School at JP’s will also continue its commitment to developing exceptional industry professionals from around the world.

Ferris Coffee will use the acquisition to help spark new approaches to its efforts in high-end beverages as it looks to build on more than 90 years in the business.  According to Ferris Coffee, the addition of JP’s brings new, world-class coffee and service expertise, as well as important insights into the intersection of coffee and community.

“Adding JP’s Coffee is a great move for our organization and our customers given our highly complementary locations, values and strong community commitment,” said John VanTongeren, president and owner of Ferris Coffee. “Ultimately, we both view coffee as a relational beverage that brings people together. This move will improve both companies while setting a strong foundation for growth.”

In addition to his continuing leadership role at JP’s Coffee,  Groot will be named director of retail operations for Ferris Coffee. In that role, he will oversee Ferris’ growing retail operations and continue to train and develop new talent through JP’s Midwest Barista School. His experience will also provide insight as Ferris Coffee opens its flagship coffee bar on Grand Rapids’ west side this summer.  No staff changes are planned at either company.

“West Michigan has always been home to both of our businesses. We share the same values and  the same service-first culture, so we see no better place to invest and grow together than in Michigan,” Groot said.

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