Ferris Coffee

Only four stories to street level and three blocks downhill from College Park Plaza, located in the north-west corner of the ground floor of the blocky red sandstone Trust Building on Pearl Street, Ferris Coffee is the closest to College Park Plaza of all the downtown coffee shops—essential info when you require quality coffee fast. …

Favorite Lunch Spot

I know it’s better to bring a lunch from home, but sometimes those baby carrots and hummus seems a bit ho-hum. When you’re going to go out, where do you eat around campus? Let us know by taking the survey…

Coffee Shop Survey Results

And the winner is…MadCap. It may be a bit fussy, but our readers seem to prefer the well-roasted beans and carefully appointed foam atop their lattes and cappuccinos.

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

In early September, the RaiderCats gathered to mark the start of a new school year. There was also merrymaking on the topic of the newest RaiderKitten (congrats, Corinne). Grand Rapids Brewing Company, on the corner of Fulton and Ionia, is just the right spot for an apres-work, beverage-and-snack, catch-up-with-co-workers. Some of us stuck with more…

Madcap Coffee

Located at 98 Monroe Center, Madcap is just a stone’s throw from our home-base of College Park Plaza. Many times over the past few years, I have wandered down there for a moment of quiet contemplation or a visit with a colleague. Our merry band of RaiderCats met there in early July to plan for…

Schuler’s Chapbook Cafe

It would be impossible to count on two hands the number of times I have run into colleagues at Schuler’s Books on 28th Street. For obvious reasons, it’s a favorite of English department faculty. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and there are books everywhere. New and used. Fiction and non. Adults and kids. It’s…

Lyon Street Cafe

It was a lovely morning to sit outside at the Lyon Street Cafe. I wish I could say it was our intention to be out there all along, but if you decide to get your cup of joe at Lyon Street Cafe, be prepared to scrounge for a table. The place was packed. Additionally, as…

Story Cafe: A Review

Of course English teachers would gravitate towards a coffee shop named Story Café for a coffee-drinking marathon early on a Saturday morning. We arrived right at 9 when the Café opened and were the only people there for a while. After ordering, I received a lesson in patience: it would take fifteen minutes for the…

PaLatte: A Review

I’m a sucker for strong coffee and interesting art, so when PaLatte Coffee & Art opened a couple years ago, I couldn’t wait to try it. Located on Fulton just west of Jefferson, PaLatte feels like a cafe inside an art gallery. Each time I go, I enjoy sipping my tea or coffee surrounded by…

The Lantern: A Review

Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge, located at 100 Commerce SE in downtown Grand Rapids, is a hidden gem. The upstairs entry is sleek and modern. Once you place your coffee order, you descend into a comfortable lounge area, replete with soft lighting and interesting art. Lisa, Tom, and Rachel met there at 9 on a…

The Sparrows: A Review

The Sparrows Coffee, Tea, and Newsstand, located at 1035 Wealthy St SE, is an English professor’s dream come true. Wide wooden floor boards creak gently as you browse the indie magazines (Think Ms. and Lucky Peach as well as tried and true lit mags like Paris Review, Glimmer Train, and The Normal School. I know)….