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Mon 23rd Aug 2021 - Grind raises £22m after ‘explosive’ at-home growth
Grind raises £22m after ‘explosive’ at-home growth: Coffee brand Grind 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 LEK 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. More recently, it launched its direct-to-consumer arm, led by its compostable and organic coffee pods for Nespresso machines. Next year will see Grind take its brand further afield as it embarks on an ambitious international expansion drive, specifically to the US, where it already holds a presence through its global partnership with Soho House. While the pandemic wiped almost £2bn from the UK coffee market as shops were shuttered and footfall ground to a halt, Grind turned its attention to helping people “make better, more sustainable coffee” at home during lockdown. Having already established an online business in 2019, Grind moved into a new 15,000 square foot coffee roasting facility in Bermondsey, south London, earlier this year to keep up with demand. Grind said it has now helped more than 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. Last year 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 hotels can also use Grind pods in their room during their stay. Grind said 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. Abrahamovitch said: “It’s amazing to reflect on how the little coffee shop we opened a decade ago has evolved into such a recognisable brand, enjoyed by our customers around the world. Each year, we serve hundreds of thousands of coffee lovers through our London stores and, through our compostable coffee pods, we’ve now found a way we can take the Grind coffee experience into the homes of millions more around the world. Richard and his team share our vision to build Grind into the world’s leading premium at-home coffee brand. We can’t wait to start investing further into the business here and abroad. I can’t wait to see where we’ll be in another decade.” 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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