6 Grand Rapids Coffee Houses That Give Starbucks a Run for Their Money

Whether you need your coffee in the morning to wake you up, or in the afternoon to pick you up, these coffee houses will not only feed your caffeine addiction, but may also turn you into a bona fide coffee snob.

Madcap:

Mad Cap Coffee Co, Grand Rapids MI

Mad Cap Coffee Co, Grand Rapids MI

At Madcap, the baristas don’t just make coffee, they make art, taking pride in every cup of coffee that is carefully crafted. Madcap believes that good coffee starts with a coffee bean that is well tended to, harvested, roasted, and finally enjoyed by you! Located in the heart of downtown, this is a great spot for young and seasoned professionals alike to sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the best cups of coffee in town!

Favorite Drink: Cappuccino


Rowster: 

Rowster Coffee, Grand Rapids MI

Rowster Coffee, Grand Rapids MI

At Rowster, they take quality coffee seriously. The staff is knowledgeable in many unique brewing methods and they are happy to share recommendations and techniques to ensure you receive the best possible cup of coffee….and maybe even leave a little wiser. It has an urban but surprisingly cozy feel with lots of natural light making it the perfect place to meet up with a friend or curl up with a good book.

Favorite Drink: Pour Over- Guatemala


Ferris Coffee & Nut:

Ferris Coffee & Nut, Grand Rapids MI (photo cred: ferriscoffee.com)

Ferris Coffee & Nut, Grand Rapids MI (photo cred: ferriscoffee.com)

If you are looking for the experts in town, look no further. Ferris Coffee & Nut has been roasting to perfection since 1924. Located in the historic and rapidly evolving West Side, this is the perfect place to escape from the bustle of the city to enjoy a heavenly cup of quality made coffee. Make sure to pick up some of their famous fresh-roasted nuts or other delicious snacks from the recently renovated retail store!

Favorite Drink: The 1924 Espresso


Lantern:

The Lantern, Grand Rapids MI

The Lantern, Grand Rapids MI

They may be the new kid on the block, but they have already made quite a name for themselves.  Located downtown in the emerging Heartside neighborhood, The Lantern’s first priority is community, which is the driving force behind what they do. And in terms of atmosphere, we think this is one of the coolest spots in Grand Rapids.

Favorite Drink:  Cafe Miel


The Sparrows:

The Sparrows, Grand Rapids MI

The Sparrows, Grand Rapids MI

 Referred to by faithful customers as “Sparrows,” this coffee, tea, and newsstand is a great place to network, read up on current events, visit with friends, or study. Opened in Eastown on Wealthy Street in 2007, Sparrows is dedicated to local products and fair trade organic coffee. They also serve over 50 loose leaf teas, and have an entire wall full of magazines and newspapers to read.

Favorite Drink: Cortado


The Bitter End:

The Bitter End, Grand Rapids MI

The Bitter End, Grand Rapids MI

Whether you are a night owl or an early bird, The Bitter End is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,  on Grand Rapids' West Side. An eclectic atmosphere with an early 20th century feel makes for a great place to meet up with friends or enjoy some solitude. Check them out this Fall as they are an avid Artprize venue. 

Favorite Drink: Yerba Mate Latte