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Michigan natives return home to launch coffee roasting facility in Grandville

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 10:46:43-04

LANSING, Mich. — After a decade of working in Chicago’s coffee industry, business partners and proud Michiganders Alex Burbo and Rosie Quasarano moved back to their home state to launch Littlefoot Coffee Roasters. The coffee company announced it will open a roasting facility and warehouse at 3047 Broadway Ave. SW by the end of August, according to Colliers International | West Michigan.

“It was always our goal to start a roasting operation in our home state of Michigan so we can be close to family,” Quasarano said. “We spent the last year touring locations throughout Michigan and felt a big pull to Grand Rapids. 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 was very helpful in showing us warehouses in the area that would work for our operation.”

Littlefoot is a coffee roaster that serves café and wholesale partners throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. They focus on sourcing unique and exceptional single farm coffees ensuring a diverse and well-crafted lineup.

Coffee can be purchased at Littlefoot Coffee Roasters’ location in Grandville, through one of their café partners, such as Harrison’s Café & Clubhouse, or online. They also offer a coffee subscription plan. In the future, Littlefoot plans to host coffee education courses, tastings, tours, and eventually open a coffee shop.

“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.”

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

Colliers advisor Tim Van Noord represented Littlefoot Coffee Roasters. Chris Prins of NAI Wisinski represented the landlord.

“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,” said Van Noord, associate vice president and industrial advisor. “We’re excited to see this space support Littlefoot’s growth in the years to come.”

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