Date:July 20, 2016

Groundwork Coffee Co. opening two new Portland cafés by end of summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Groundwork Coffee Co., the USDA certified organic fair-trade roasting company founded in Venice Beach, California in 1990, is opening two new shops in Portland, Oregon this summer, acquiring Tin Man Coffee Co. with locations on Southeast Hawthorne Blvd and in Portland’s historic George Lawrence Building on Southwest Oak St. These will be the first full-fledged Groundwork cafés to open in the Pacific Northwest.

The new shop at 4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd is an inviting and spacious new-construction building with a beautiful reclaimed dark wood façade, sliding garage doors that can be opened wide on warm days, and plenty of seating. In addition to their exceptional coffee and tea, Groundwork on Hawthorne will serve a full menu of locally sourced fresh, house-made pastries, cookies, breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, and salads, plus a wide selection of grab-n-go options.

The second new location is in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood in the beautiful historic George Lawrence Building at 308 SW First Ave. The Historical Class A building constructed in 1902 features classic second renaissance revival architectural detailing, large windows and exposed brick. Groundwork will be serving coffee, pastries and freshly made grab-n-go items from a kiosk with café seating in the building’s elegant lobby.

Since acquiring Kobos Coffee and roastery in Northwest Portland in April 2016, Groundwork has been preparing the space to roast and serve their own organic, sustainably sourced coffee to Portlanders, and are in the process of a complete redesign of the former Kobos retail space, slated to be complete in early fall. With construction on this NW Vaughn Street location underway, the Groundwork team is excited to debut these two Portland cafés even sooner. Since only minor design changes are planned for the two new locations, they are expected to open as Groundwork cafés by September 1st.

All of Groundwork’s coffees and teas are certified organic, harvested from every growing region in the world, are certified kosher and non-GMO, and are fairly traded. Groundwork’s organic certification attests that their coffee and its community of growers are not exposed to harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. From the ground up, Groundwork customers can feel good knowing that their purchase didn’t come at the expense of the physical health or economic well-being of the farmers and growers who brought it to market. All Groundwork roasts are fine-tuned by licensed Q Grader and renowned master cupper Jeff Chean and his team, who coax the true potential out of each and every bean. Groundwork is eager to share their coffee and mission with more Portland neighborhoods.

About Groundwork Coffee Co.:

For 26 years, Groundwork has been a homegrown coffee and tea destination, handcrafting the best beverages with the finest ingredients. Their borderline-obsessive commitment to each cup and every customer – in warm, inviting cafés that capture the flavor of their neighborhoods – is fundamental to their business. Groundwork rose from the sands of Venice Beach, CA as a rare and used bookstore that also sold coffee and tea, but as local demand grew they got out of the book business to roast full time. They were one of the first certified organic coffee roasters in California, are the largest organic coffee roaster in Los Angeles, and their sustainable relationship-based, organic coffee sourcing has set the industry standard, as well as their solar-powered, low-emissions roasting technology.

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