As a specialty roaster, Grounds for Change values our partnerships with the retailers that serve our coffee. Our goal is to work closely with all of our wholesale customers to ensure their success and to share our knowledge of the art of coffee and of the coffee industry.
How It Works
FREE SHIPPING: We offer free shipping on all wholesale orders over 30 pounds (excludes customers in Alaska and Hawaii). We ask that our wholesale customers order from us at least once a month, which is to ensure that you are serving the highest quality, freshest coffee possible. However, we strongly encourage you to place orders on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for best quality. Grounds for Change does not require a contract in order to purchase or serve our coffee and bulk orders are available in either whole bean or ground. Orders must be prepaid via credit card.
Pricing & Discounts
Listed below is our pricing for bulk (5 lb) and pre-packaged (12 oz) coffee. Our pre-packaged coffee is available to grocery and natural foods stores and to cafes that serve Grounds for Change coffee. We offer volume discounts for customers whose orders are consistently over 300 lbs a month, contact us at (800) 796-6820 if you have additional questions or to discuss volume discounts.
5 lb bags: $47.95 - $49.95 each
12oz bags: $8.50 - $9.00 each
Fair Trade Organic Tea Bags (Numi): $5.75 / box of 18 tea bags (9 flavors available)
Fair Trade Organic Yerba Mate (Guayaki): $7.95 / 8 oz bag loose leaf
Fair Trade Organic Chocolate Bars (Theo): $30.00 / case of 12 (shipping charge applies)
Grounds for Change Java Jackets (12-20 oz size): $67.95 / case of 1300 (shipping charge applies)
Orders & Shipping
Wholesale orders may be placed by phone or email.
Grounds for Change roasts and ships the same day and we strive to ship your coffee within 24 hours of order placement. Once your order has been roasted and shipped, we will send you an email notification with tracking information to allow you track your shipment.
All orders shipped via FedEx Ground. Time in transit will depend on distance from our roastery in Washington State.
Point-of-Purchase / Promotional Materials
Includes informational postcards, Grounds for Change stickers, bulk bin labels, airpot tags and window clings. All materials are free of charge and can be sent along with your first order.
Grounds for Change is a vendor for Rancilio espresso machines - feel free to inquire about pricing and installation options.
Whole Bean Sales
According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, Americans drink 300 million cups of coffee a day, and 75 percent of that coffee is prepared and consumed at home. By offering your customers the option to purchase fresh, whole bean coffee at your shop, you are creating loyal customers who will continue to return for whole bean coffee, the sales of which could make up as much as 30 percent of your total coffee sales.
Grounds for Change provides compostable kraft bags stamped with our logo to our wholesale customers interested in selling bulk whole bean coffee. Simply weigh out the appropriate amount of coffee, write the roast and weight on the bag and fold the tin tie down. Suggestions for implementing whole bean sales:
Have signage visible at the register so that your customers know that they may purchase whole bean coffee.
In order to significantly boost whole bean sales, consider a shop layout that incorporates a bean counter that is separate from the beverage preparation area.
Up Close and Personal
Have the coffee out on a counter, in large glass jars with rubber seals. This allows your customers to see and, upon request, smell the different whole bean coffees available. You might even want to create a whole bean "self-serve" station where customers weigh out their own whole bean coffee.
Get the Word Out
Advertise whole bean sales in your local newspaper with a "10% off your first bag" coupon. Tell your customers about Grounds for Change whole bean coffee. You'll be selling them the highest quality whole beans they can buy!
Feature one origin or blend per week at the register and sell it in brewed form along with your coffee of the day. Have the pre-packaged whole bean form of this coffee ready to go by the register for ease of sale. Don't hesitate to contact Grounds for Change staff if you have questions on a particular origin or blend. It is important that your staff be educated on the different origins, blends and the decaffeination process so that they can share this information with your customers.
Promoting your cafe within the community is critical to the success of your business, especially if you are new on the scene. There are a number of things that you can do to get the word out about your cafe to bring people in and establish yourself as a vital member of the business community.
Sponsor a Local Event or Fundraiser
This is great way to link up with organizations doing good things in your community. Non-profit organizations typically hold a fundraiser or two every year and by donating your space, or perhaps free cups of coffee for an event, your business is making these organizations and their supporters aware that you value the health and vitality of your local community. These supporters will patronize your business based on your willingness to support the community!
If you would like suggestions on getting some exposure locally, give us a call! We have a number of press release templates available and can work with you to get these out to media sources in your community. Spread the word and educate your community on fair trade, organic and shade grown issues and how they relate to the coffee you are serving.
Live Music / Art Openings / Open Mic Night
This is a great way to get advertising in your local newspaper and get people interested in your cafe. By being a venue for art and culture within your community, you bring customers in and keep them coming back for more!
In-Store Coffee Taste-Testing
Treat this like wine or beer tasting! Contact Grounds for Change for more information on how to hold a tasting. It's easy, fun and a great learning experience for everyone involved.
Ask retailers in your area if you can leave coupons (10% off the first bag of whole beans, buy one and get one free, etc) at their location in exchange for doing the same for them.
Origin of the Week
Educate your customers on the origins of your coffee. Grounds for Change has materials available and can help you put this information together. Hold a "Coffee Fact Contest" and at the end of the week, ask a question of your customers. The winner takes home a free bag of coffee.
Host a Weekly Conversation Cafe or Salon
Talk about community! Conversation cafes started in Europe and have really taken hold in the US over the course of the last few years. The discussion is open to anyone, topics are chosen by the group and everyone takes their turn expressing their opinions or ideas. Democracy plays itself out right in your cafe! And, as we all know, coffee is central to good conversation. For more information on conversation cafes, visit www.conversationcafe.org.