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Grand Rapids’ Ferris Coffee & Nut Company Acquires Holland’s JP’s Coffee

JP’s Coffee & Espresso Bar has been a downtown Holland institution since 1993. It has been acquired by Grand Rapids-based Ferris Coffee & Nut Company. (Photo: JP’s Coffee)

Ferris Coffee & Nut Company today announced it has acquired Holland‐based JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar.

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 Jack Groot, who founded the company in 1993.

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.

“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,” said John VanTongeren, president and owner of Ferris Coffee.

In addition to his role at JP’s Coffee, Jack Groot will be director of retail operations for Ferris Coffee. His experience will also provide invaluable insight as Ferris Coffee opens its flagship coffee bar on Grand Rapids’ west side this summer. 

“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.

Terms were not disclosed.

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