Off the Shelf
A company with good coffee that’s doing good, too — that’s Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. in a nutshell.
Jordan Karcher founded the company in 2014, inspired by a cute brown-spotted Dalmation pup, Molly, he rescued spontaneously in Santa Monica in 2012. From LA, G&H offers a coffee subscription club, one-off coffee and related accoutrements, human clothes and accessories, and dog stuff, too, donating some profits to dog rescue efforts and anti-breed specific legislation.
Bay Woof received the mother lode of care packages with new products, including pounds of two coffee blends, two packets Sunny Spot Cold Brew, a pet blanket, a Lucky Dog mug, and a scented soil candle — just to give you an idea of the product range.
The coffee is the main draw, and Bay Woof received a pound of whole-bean medium roast Rescue Roast ($14.99) and pound of whole-bean dark roast Good Boy ($14.99). Both are 100 percent USDA organic and Fair Trade Certified Arabic coffee. Most G&H blends give 20 percent of net profits of sales funding animal rescue efforts nationwide. The office folks liked both, indicating a slight preference for the lighter, smoother Rescue Roast, and all of its profits go to a new rescue every month. G&H fans can join a coffee club, choosing the type of coffee they want — whole or ground beans, cold or hot brew, medium or dark roast, single pods, and starter kits — as well as the frequency, so it sounds pretty simple.
Making the cold brew ($12.99) felt like a science experiment, as you put two coffee pouches in a pitcher with water, steep it for eight to 12 hours, then add more cold water ti dilute. Pretty good stuff, and each box makes two 48-fluid ounces of coffee that lasts for up to a week.
Love the G&H coffee mug ($13.99) that says, “Rub Bellies for Good Luck,” and shows Molly, the mascot, sniffing a four-leaf clover (which inspired me to buy a similar green T-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day). It has become my go-to office mug. Likewise, the Rescue Silhouette Throw ($23.99), a handsome machine-washable soft blue and white pet blankie decorated with dogs, dogs, dogs has become my — not test-dog Wiley’s — favorite throw for my lap on the cool spring days of late in the office. The Must Love Pibbles Tumbler ($25.99) goes home with me at the end of the day and back to work with me the next morning since the coronavirus shelter in place order means I’m not buying coffee at coffee shops anymore. Finally, the affogota soy-based scented candle ($32.99) is a lovely home décor item. Thanks, G&H, for the swag and the great work you are doing. Learn more at GroundsAndHoundsCoffee.com.
Main article photo by: Courtesy Grounds & Hounds