International expansion brews at Grind following £22m investment round
- Capital will be used to develop UK direct to consumer business and fund international expansion drive
- Grind is celebrating its tenth year with plans to branch out to the US in 2022
24 AUGUST 2021, LONDON: Cult London coffee brand, Grind, this morning announces it has raised £22m ($30m) of investment off the back of explosive growth in its at-home coffee products during the lockdowns.
The investment round is led by entrepreneur and author Richard Koch, known for his bestselling book The 80/20 Principle, as a founder of L.E.K. Consulting, and as the first investor in Betfair and other businesses.
Founded by David Abrahamovitch and Kaz James in Shoreditch, east London in 2011, Grind has since opened cafes and restaurants across the city, and for many has come to embody the flat-white coffee culture that has spread across the UK. More recently, it launched its direct-to-consumer arm, led by it’s compostable and organic coffee pods for Nespresso® machines.
2022 will see Grind take its brand further afield as it embarks on an ambitious international expansion drive, specifically to the US, where they already hold a presence through their global partnership with Soho House.
The latest investment and global growth plan follows an odds-defying 2020 for Grind. While the pandemic wiped nearly £2bn from the UK coffee market as shops were shuttered and footfall ground to a halt, Grind turned their attention to helping people make better, more sustainable coffee at home during lockdown.
Having already established this online business in 2019, Grind’s pivot has been one of the runaway success stories of the last year. To keep up with demand, earlier this year Grind moved into a new 15,000 square foot coffee roasting facility in Bermondsey, South London.
Grind has now helped over 100,000 of its customers make better coffee at home, is expecting sales in excess of £20m for the first time this year, and to ship 30 million coffee pods.
2020 also saw Grind become the global coffee partner for Soho House, whereby Grind exclusively roasts coffee for the group’s luxury members clubs, and restaurants across the world. Guests of Soho House hotel’s can also use Grind pods in their room during their stay.
The success of this pivot and brand partnerships such as Soho House have been key motivators in further investing in the UK business and expanding the brand’s footprint to key markets identified in Europe and the US.
David Abrahamovitch, Founder & CEO of Grind, said:
The latest investment is Grind’s third consecutive round of equity crowdfunding following those in 2017 and 2019 which allowed customers and friends of Grind to buy shares in the business. Those early fans of the brand who originally invested in Grind in 2017 are expected to double their return following this deal. To mark its tenth anniversary, Grind is launching its first book, A Modern Guide to City Living later this year.
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Grind is a coffee company that lives in London. Since opening Shoreditch Grind in 2011, the brand has expanded across London with restaurants and café-bars, burning the candle at both ends to serve coffee, food, and cocktails to a killer soundtrack. Grind At Home is the brand’s collection of products designed to help people create great coffee and the Grind experience at home - led by some of the UK’s first compostable coffee pods for Nespresso machines. Sticking to the brand’s true ethos, all Grind coffee pods are made from compostable bioplastic, rather than plastic or metal. Completely compatible with Nespresso® machines, the pods will biodegrade and disappear completely in industrial compost, and disappear around fifty times faster should they end up in landfill. Grind also signed a partnership with Soho House group to provide coffee and Nespresso® pods to its member's clubs and hotels internationally.Grind website: grind.co.uk @grind / grind.co.uk