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Ferris Coffee & Nut Company Acquires Holland, Mich.-based JP’s Coffee

Building on its reputation as one of Michigan’s leading coffee roasters and nut distributors, Ferris Coffee & Nut Company today announced it has acquired Holland, Mich.‐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 of success.  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, Jack Groot will be named Director of Retail Operations for Ferris Coffee. In that role, Groot 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 invaluable insight as Ferris Coffee opens its flagship coffee bar onGrand 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,” said Groot. “We are excited to partner withFerris Coffee, as our similar cultures and complementary service strengths make this transaction a natural fit.  We see great opportunity in combining to create an organization focused on quality coffee with enormous potential for future success.”

Counter Culture Coffee Team Members to Compete in Coffee Championships

Two Counter Culture Coffee team members will compete in the United States Brewers Cup and Barista Championships this weekend (April 24–27) in Seattle. J. Park Brannen (2014 Northeast Regional Barista Champion), will participate in the U.S. Barista Championship using Counter Culture Coffee’s Buziraguhindwa Natural Sundried coffee, and Jonathan Bonchak (2014 Southeast Regional Brewers Cup Champion) will participate in the  U.S. Brewers Cup Championship. The competitions will serve as the national stage for some of the country’s most talented coffee people, who will prepare coffee beverages—including manual brewing in various formats, espressos, cappuccinos, and signature drinks—accompanied by intensive, personalized, and informative brewing presentations. The event is co-hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Barista Guild of America.
At the Brewers Cup, competitors are judged in two rounds by skilled coffee tasters. The first round is a blind tasting; the competitors will all brew the same coffee using their chosen brew methods. Those who advance to the second round will brew and present their chosen coffee to the judges’ panel. The winner of the U.S. Brewers Cup will represent the United States in the World Brewers Cup Championship June 1012 in Italy.
At the Barista Competition, baristas will prepare and serve espressos, cappuccinos, and a personally designed signature beverage for four sensory judges; all while being assessed on their preparation abilities by two technical judges. The winner will go on to represent the United States in the World Barista Championship June 912 in Italy.
Additional participants who will compete using Counter Culture Coffee include Dawn Shanks from Peregrine Espresso in Washington, D.C., who will brew Biloya Natural Sundried; Tim Jones of Jubala Village Coffee in Raleigh, N.C., who will compete with a blend of Idido washed processed coffee and Biloya Natural Sundried; Nathan Nerwsick of 5&10 in Athens, Ga., who will use the Baroida; Erika Vonie of Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia, competing with Tairora Project; and Corey Reilly from Everyman Espresso in New York City.
Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is the much-loved coffee roaster dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. The company’s vision is to pursue coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee chain, improving the natural environment and operating efficiently to minimize environmental impact. Counter Culture has eight training centers across the country including locations in New York; Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; and Durham, N.C., with a new training center and roastery set to open in Emeryville, Calif., later this year. Served in more than 200 of the country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and online at counterculturecoffee.com.

Discovery Communications and Single Cup Coffee Launch New Cake Boss Coffee Line

Discovery Communications and Single Cup Coffee announced today an innovative new line of Keurig®-compatible single serve coffee cups inspired by the hit TLC series, Cake Boss. The line, debuting this month on TLCstore.com, starts with the smooth, medium roast Buddy’s Blend as the perfect complement to your favorite dessert.

Famous around the globe for the creativity he brings to the world of baking, the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro, has infused this rich, smooth, Cake Boss coffee with the tastes of his favorite bakery creations to create seven flavored coffee originals, including Hazelnut Biscotti, Chocolate Cannoli, Italian Rum Cake and more.

“Whether at home, in my bakery or on the road, I don’t start my morning without a hot cup of coffee,” said Valastro. “I’ve been working with TLC and the coffee pros at Single Cup Coffee to create a variety of coffee flavors unique to Cake Boss that can satisfy both the sweet tooth and coffee craving.”

Now you can have your cake and drink it too with eight blends including:

  • Buddy’s Blend: This classic Italian Roast features East African coffees that are roasted extra dark to offer intense, bold flavor in a heavy-bodied cup.
  • Chocolate Cannoli: A caffeinated tribute to Buddy’s famous chocolate cannoli— a delectable mingling of creamy custard, chocolate drizzle and hints of buttery pastry.
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake: Fresh, creamytaste and dark cocoa flavors combine to create a deep, delicious chocolaty fudge flavored coffee.
  • Dulce de Leche: A bakery mainstay, Dulce de Leche is rich, creamy caramel flavor kissed with a hint of buttery sweetness.
  • Dulce de Leche Decaf: Dulce de Leche Decaf is rich, creamy caramel flavor kissed with a hint of buttery sweetness.
  • Vanilla Buttercream: Flavors of buttercream frosting and delicate vanilla come to life in this smooth flavored coffee.
  • Hazelnut Biscotti: Fill your cup with the flavor of freshly toasted hazelnuts and the rich, vanilla taste of freshly baked biscotti.
  • Raspberry Truffle: Taste the flavors of fresh raspberries smothered in milk chocolate ganache.
  • Italian Rum Cake: A flavored coffee inspired by the buttery sweetness and smooth rum syrup of Buddy’s signature sponge cake.

“Cake Boss coffees offer a fresh take on what we expect from our existing single serve coffee lines,” said Tim Cook, President of Single Cup Coffee. “The Cake Boss Coffee line is bringing in brand new flavors inspired by the delicious Italian pastries and cakes seen on the show. It’s a very exciting product line that you just have to taste for yourself.

Cake Boss Coffee will be supplied and distributed across North America by specialty coffee company Single Cup Coffee. Retailers across the US and Canada will begin stocking the product in spring 2014

New episodes of Buddy’s hit series NEXT GREAT BAKER and BAKERY BOSS will air this summer on TLC.” For more information on Cake Boss Coffee and Single Cup Coffee, visit SingleCC.com.

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