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Coffee distributor acquires coffee shop

May 27, 2014
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The Midwest Barista School, housed in JP’s Coffee and Espresso, draws clients from throughout the country and around the world. Photo by Rachel Weick

A coffee distributor is acquiring a landmark coffee shop in the region.

Ferris Coffee & Nut Company in Grand Rapids, a distributor of coffee, nuts, chocolate and snack mixes, said today that it has bought JP’s Coffee in downtown Holland, at 57 E. 8th St.

The popular shop, which has been a community destination for 20 years, will continue as an independent location operating under the JP brand, and its Midwest Barista School will continue developing industry professionals, said Jack Groot, founder, JP's Coffee.

The companies said the purchase will give JP's Coffee more resources, as well as a larger team and national reach.

"West Michigan has always been home to both of our businesses,” Groot said. “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 added that the deal creates “an organization focused on quality coffee with enormous potential for future success."

Ferris Coffee expects the acquisition to "spark new approaches to its efforts in high-end beverages" and add "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, 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." 

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