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Partners open coffee roasting facility

September 4, 2019
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Alex Burbo and Rosie Quasarano. Courtesy Colliers International West Michigan

Two Michigan-born coffee roasters are setting up shop in West Michigan.

Littlefoot Coffee Roasters has opened a roasting facility and warehouse at 3047 Broadway Ave. SW, Grandville.

Founders and business partners Alex Burbo and Rosie Quasarano are bringing a decade’s worth of experience in Chicago’s coffee industry to the Grand Rapids scene. The two always had the goal of starting a roasting operation in their home state to stay close to family.

“We are a small but mighty operation and we are thrilled to be roasting coffee in West Michigan,” Burbo said. “We started our coffee roasting journey in Chicago with the help of our friends at Metric Coffee. There we developed our signature roasts and flavor profiles. We look forward to fueling the people who make Michigan a great place to live with Littlefoot Coffee.”

The coffee roaster serves café and wholesale partners throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. Coffee can be purchased at the Grandville roastery, through one of their café partners, such as Harrison’s Café & Clubhouse, or online.

Littlefoot also offers a coffee subscription plan. In the future, the company plans to host coffee education courses, tastings, tours and eventually open a coffee shop.

“We spent the last year touring locations throughout Michigan and felt a big pull to Grand Rapids,” Quasarano said. “It’s home to people who love and support small business, and we’re thrilled to join the amazing food and beverage community that’s here.”

Colliers International West Michigan industrial adviser Tim Van Noord represented Littlefoot Coffee Roasters. Chris Prins, retail and industrial specialist at NAI Wisinski West Michigan, represented the landlord.

Littlefoot’s operation fills 2,000 square feet of a multi-tenant industrial building formerly occupied by a snowboard manufacturer. Littlefoot installed its coffee roaster and made updates to the space that included new carpeting, new bathroom flooring, sinks and refinishing concrete.

“Warehouse space continues to be in limited supply across West Michigan and our team is thrilled we could help Littlefoot Coffee Roasters find a production facility quickly,” Van Noord said. “We’re excited to see this space support Littlefoot’s growth in the years to come.”

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