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About Us


The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand is a specialty coffee shop in Grand Rapids, MI. Since 2007, we have been dedicated to serving coffee with hard work, kindness and inclusivity. The Sparrows offers thoroughly crafted coffee, an extensive selection of fair-trade organic teas, and a warm inviting space for the community to gather. We believe coffee is an experience best shared with friends in a comfortable environment.

Visit us today to experience The Sparrows for yourself or shop our coffee roasted by yours truly in downtown Grand Rapids!

Meet The Team

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Lori Slager Wenzel 

Founder and owner of The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand for 11 years, General Manager of The Sparrows Coffee Wholesale business.


Cody Gallagher 

Head Roaster, has a diverse set of coffee experiences in the Grand Rapids coffee scene, and spent time working at the Chicago based Michelin star restaurant, Alinea.


Tim Novak

Head of Product Development and Quality Assurance, has been a fixture in the specialty coffee industry for nearly 20 years, starting with café ownership in Grand Rapids, and including a three year stint roasting at Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters.


David Pohl

Green Coffee Advisor, a licensed Q grader and former Head of Green Coffee for Equator Coffees. 


Taylor Hutchinson

Café Manager, worked with Stumptown Coffee at Street 14 Café in Astoria, OR until relocating to Grand Rapids. Lucky us! She keeps our café running smoothly and happily.