POULSBO — Grounds for Change, a specialty coffee roaster, was recently recognized with a Washington State Family Business Award by Seattle Business magazine (www.seattlebusinessmag.com/seattle-event/family-business-awards-2012).
Grounds for Change (www.groundsforchange.com), founded in 2003, roasts exclusively Fair Trade-certified, organic, shade-grown coffee. Its coffee is marketed nationwide and online.
In 2008, Grounds for Change partnered with CarbonFund.org to offset 100 percent of the global warming emissions associated with the full lifecycle of their coffee. Grounds for Change is the first coffee roaster in the country to complete the rigorous third-party certification process necessary to obtain the CarbonFree® Certified Product label.
Grounds for Change is also a member of 1% for the Planet, and donates at least 1 percent of its revenues to environmental organizations each year.
Grounds for Change has developed partnerships with a number of non-profit organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States, Wildlife Land Trust, Seattle Audubon Society and others, and donates a portion of sales from each of these partnership coffees to support the efforts of these organizations.