The Story behind GWGC

Fi and Casey

How it started

Girls Who Grind Coffee is an all-female specialty coffee roastery owned and run by us, Fi O'Brien and Casey LaLonde.

Casey (left), originally from Upstate New York, and Fi (right), originally from Melbourne Australia, met and became friends in our now hometown of Frome, Somerset.  

While our kids played, we often got chatting about our love of coffee and our various experiences within the industry, discovering that we both felt as though there was definitely room for change and improvement, in short - we wanted to see more equality!  

As women, we had felt a little pushed out of an industry that we had loved so much and had so much to give to.  Rather than simply complain about it, we thought we would make the change we wanted to see!  We wanted to create an industry where women felt empowered and celebrated for everything they bring to the table and have their voices heard. Hence why we made the conscious decision to focus solely on buying coffee from female producers, sharing their stories to the world, giving them the recognition they rightly deserve for the incredible work that they do.