December’s forecast—it’s raining cats and dogs all over the coffee industry. And that’s a good thing.
First up, we have the infamous Grumpy Cat. Apparently, Grumpy Cat’s own Grumpy Beverage company was founded in 2013 around the time of her book launch, (Yes, we’re still talking about an Internet-famous cat and her product launches) with the release of the Grumpuccino™ brand. This is the first time I’ve heard of it, and I can regretfully say I’ve never seen one in any store, so apparently my life has been incomplete up until this point.
However, the brand may become more visible now with the launch of its next product, a whole bean bagged specialty coffee line under the Grumpy Cat Coffee Company name.
There are four products to choose from and the 12-ounce bags cost between $18 and $20:
- Dark roast Colombia Nariño
- Medium roast Guatemala Antigua
- Light roast Panama Don Pepe
- Colombia decaf
For now, we’ll have to get by only with Grumpy Cat’s (a.k.a. Trader Sauce’) whole beans because all links to locate or purchase Grumpuccino now seem to be broken. My guess is either this stuff is selling like crazy or (more likely) not selling at all, and they decided to get rid of it.
It’s unclear as to why Grumpy Cat transitioned into the coffee business in the first place, but it’s possible she just needed a shit ton of caffeine to even begin to tolerate the useless humans on this planet.
In more pleasant and heartwarming coffee news, you can now enjoy your favorite warm beverage and save the animals all at the same time. Finally!
This is a marriage of my two loves, coffee and dogs, to which I don’t believe anyone could object.
I first heard about Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. on Daily Coffee News. Grounds & Hounds donates 20 percent of their profits gained through the sale of fresh-roasted Fair Trade, organic coffee to no-kill rescue organizations nationwide that provide safe haven, medical attention and adoption services for pups in need. Like these organizations in cities near you, including Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., which holds a specials place in my heart.
Founder Jordan Karcher was a bit of a coffee expert who adopted his dalmatian in 2012 when she crawled into his lap at an adoption event, and the rest was history. Check it out:
“Every Pound Saves A Hound” as they say, and that is some caffeinated caring that just melts my heart. As if coffee and puppies weren’t enough, the founder is also some serious eye candy and could wife me up any day. (Although, without investigating further, I would guess there is a 99.9% chance that this hunky animal-loving entrepreneur is already taken. As am I, but everyone’s got a hall pass, right??)
I’ve already got a few ideas for gifting this brand to myself and my pup-crazy loved ones this holiday season, and I’d say this was a find timed perfectly for Christmas. Any time I can support a socially responsible company I’m usually 100% down, so combining dog rescue, coffee and the Grounds & Hounds’ beautiful website was a recipe for instant addiction for someone like me. They knew that when they created the company, and I am more than okay with it. #SaveAllTheAnimals