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Coffee with a side of female empowerment

By ollie davis, Tuesday Aug 13, 2019

Girls Who Grind Coffee may only be a pop-up at Glitch, but expect them to open their first permanent cafe in Bristol before too long.

The female-empowering coffee roastery, describing themselves as “speciality coffee roasters run on grrrl power”, are able to showcase both their products and attitude within the Old Market space.

Co-owners Fi O’Brien and Casey Lalonde, whose all-female small batch roastery is based in Upton Scudmore in Wiltshire, took up one corner of Glitch after Grano Kitchen moved to nearby West Street.

Girls Who Grind Coffee has since been providing Old Market with top quality coffee, sourced and supplied by female-run operations from around the world.

Girls Who Grind Coffee currently have a pop-up within Glitch on Old Market Street

Fi and Casey’s mission is to empower women throughout the coffee industry – from the women who grow the coffee, to the importers, to women who enjoy drinking it.

The pop-up will move out on September 12 but the pair, who live in Frome, plan to open a permanent cafe in Bristol within the next two years.

“I have always had an affinity to Bristol,” says Fi. “Having grown up in Melbourne, I feel the two cities share a similar character.”

Fi and Casey are keen to create a culture of transparency, making how much they pay their staff public, and also publicly disclosing how much of their profit goes to importers and growers.

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