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AUG-SEP 2019

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has been providing coffee to Grand Rapids locals since 2016 from its Wealthy Street location. Using Populace roasted beans (a Michi- gan-based roaster) and homemade syrups, Squibb is well-loved. En- ter Rise Authentic Baking, a dedicated vegan and gluten-free bakery that's been supplying dozens of Grand Rapids coffee shops for the past few years. A few months back, the two companies combined forces and opened up a brick-and-mortar location in West Grand Rapids. At the recommendation of the staff, I tried Rise + Squibb's popular NOLA cold brew, made from a house blend of Colombian and Guatemalan beans that is brewed for 18 hours. The result, thanks to the help of some black walnut bitters, chicory, and vanilla (and a doughnut on the side) was magnifi cent on a hot morning, and arguably my favorite of the day. T H E B I T T E R E N D Just down the street, I stumbled upon The Bitter End Coffeehouse, quite literally. I hadn't heard of this café, but couldn't resist wander- ing in. The Bitter End is unassuming despite its location in a histor- ical 110-year-old former bank. According to John Sprite, both the owner and barista on staff, The Bitter End, at 16 years in business, is the longest-running coffee shop in Grand Rapids. It's also a regu- lar location for the Grand Rapids Art Prize festival, which showcases installation art across the city. As I sipped on the house blend (a mix of Guatemalan, Brazilian, and Colombian roasted in-house), I took it all in. Noir 1940s-era music set the mood and, combined with a smat- tering of loyal blue-collar locals catching up on each other's business, the result was a wonderfully cozy, totally unpretentious café. R O W S T E R C O F F E E Even farther down the road, I hit my third stop: Rowster Coffee (pronounced like roaster, in an obvious nod to its function, and a slightly subtler nod to its Michigan roots. We love rowing boats here, what can I say). The atmosphere at Rowster is clean and minimal, and after tasting my cappuccino, I determined the barista's pin ("World's Okayest Barista") was certainly an understatement. Made from the house espresso blend, it carried rich chocolate fl avors. Rowster has three Grand Rapids retail locations, as well as their dedicated roasting facility that supplies cafés across the country. F E R R I S C O F F E E & N U T In downtown Grand Rapids, I found myself chatting to Dan Shoup, the barista at Ferris Coffee & Nut. True to its name, Ferris roasts both coffee and nuts, and does both quite well. A little secret is that Ferris makes homemade nut milk from a mix of cashews and almonds. Each Ferris café (there are four in Grand Rapids, and one in Hol- A former employee of The Bi er End Coff eehouse created this artwork from coasters and coff ee spills over the span of a year. It was featured at The Bi er End during Art Prize, a city-wide art festival, and one of the largest art events in the world, where artwork is installed outdoors and in businesses across the city. It's now a permanent installation at The Bi er End. 52 barista magazine

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