Grounds & Hounds
A few years ago, Jordan Karcher came across a dog adoption. After walking over, a brown and white Dalmatian crawled into his lap and he knew that he was going to adopt her. The dog immediately became a part of his life and helped spark the idea for a new business venture.
Karcher had recently finished his M.B.A. and was thinking about what to do next. He was already working on a concept to join two of his passions: coffee and (rescue) dogs. He wanted to help local shelters who were working with rescue dogs and ending euthanasia. And since coffee is a top drink for pretty much everyone – not just dog lovers – he knew that combining the two was the way to go.
So, towards the end of March two years ago, Karcher started Grounds & Hounds Coffee. The company sells 100% fair trade organic specialty coffee and a portion of their proceeds go to local shelters. “Every time you drink a cup of coffee, you know that 20% of the proceeds go to animal rescue,” Karcher explains.
As of right now, Grounds & Hounds has 40 partners nationally. But that number grows everyday and Karcher hopes to be have partnerships in all 50 states by the end of the year. He says, “we respect everything our rescue partners are doing everyday.”
Karcher is proud that his company works with local and rescue organizations, and that their coffee drinkers and partners are spreading Grounds & Hounds’ mission of support and elimination of unnecessary animal euthanasia. “Every single animal we save – the first and the last – needs us,” Karcher says.
You can learn more and find out how to support Grounds & Hounds Coffee by visiting them online at www.groundsandhoundscoffee.com. They’ll also be popping up at large adoption events across the country all summer long. You can catch all the action by following them on Facebook and Instagram at @groundsandhounds.
And as a special treat, Karcher says he’s offering Cbus Chic readers a 15% discount online with the promo code Cbus15 (valid until May 21, 2016).