Grok Coffee launches Oahu delivery service

Grok Coffee has launched a novel coffee delivery service for the island of Oahu. Grok Coffee Delivery brings locally roasted, whole-bean coffee in reusable, environmentally friendly jars to homes and businesses. The customizable service allows customers to order and pay for freshly roasted coffee by the ounce, with the option to vary the amount with every order. Coffee lovers get the variety and convenience of a subscription service but are able to enjoy more flexibility than with traditional plans.

Grok Coffee’s selection of rotating coffees is unmatched by any other company. All coffees are roasted by Hawaii-based roasters from across the Hawaiian Islands, many of them also coffee farmers. The company takes pride in seeking out quality, under-the-radar roasters and growers. Grok Coffee founder Shawn Steiman, PhD, says, “We have amazing roasters in Hawaii who roast a wide range of Hawaii-grown and world coffees. We must support our coffee community to help it grow and thrive.” The service’s most unique aspect is the ability to purchase coffee by the ounce.

Grok Coffee Delivery works much like a traditional milk delivery system. Full jars of coffee beans are dropped off and the empty containers are picked up, washed, sanitized and reused. Grok Coffee has also partnered with local businesses to host pick-up and drop-off depots as an alternative to direct delivery. Grok Coffee’s booth at the Saturday Kaka‘ako Farmers’ Market also serves as a depot with the bonus of having Steiman to answer coffee questions in person. Customers register and manage subscriptions via Grok Coffee’s website, www.GrokCoffee.net, where they choose from the weekly Hawaii-grown or world selection, or opt for some of each. Prices typically range from $2.40-$2.80/oz. for Hawaii-grown coffees and $1.40-$1.80/oz. for world coffees. The delivery charge is $7 for Oahu deliveries. At this time, mail-order is not available.

Grok Coffee has a focused eye on environmental well-being, and every aspect of the service operates with this commitment. The glass jars and lids are plastic-free and the only waste generated is the coffee label, which is recycled. A benefit of this packaging system is a reduction in plastic use by at least 47%. “We have to choose to reduce our use of fossil fuel-based products. That choice is hard—we want to help make that choice easy,” says Steiman.

About Grok Coffee

Grok Coffee is a Honolulu-based company providing coffee bean delivery, coffee-centric tours, coffee education, and event coffee service. It is owned and operated by coffee scientist Shawn Steiman, PhD. Steiman is Hawaii’s own “Doctor Coffee,” holding a doctorate from the University of Hawaii-Mānoa specializing in coffee studies. He is an international coffee consultant and the author of The Hawaii Coffee Book: A Gourmet’s Guide from Kona to Kauai and The Little Coffee Know-It-All: A Miscellany for Growing, Roasting, and Brewing, Uncompromising and Unapologetic, and co-editor and contributor to Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry.

Hawaii McDonald’s restaurants offering free coffee

McDonald's McCafe CoffeeMcDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is planning a second round of coffee sampling from September 16 to 29 where customers can get a free small hot cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants, no purchase necessary. In Hawaii only, the coffee is a unique Royal Kona Blend that now comes in a richer and bolder flavor. It is freshly roasted in Hawaii and supplied to McDonald’s by Hawaii Coffee Company.

“McDonald’s of Hawaii has been serving our Royal Kona Blend brand since its first restaurant opened in Aina Haina in 1968,” said Jim Lenhart, Hawaii Coffee Company vice president of sales and service. “We’re proud of our more than 40-year partnership and have enjoyed working with McDonald’s of Hawaii to develop quality local products for McDonald’s customers.”

In March, McDonald’s held a two-week giveaway of McCafe coffee, resulting in more than 22 million free cups of coffee. In Hawaii, about 220,000 cups were given away free to customers. “Our first free coffee event was a huge success in reacquainting customers with our enhanced Royal Kona Blend brand of McCafe,” said Melanie Okazaki, regional marketing manager of McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii. “This time around, we hope even more customers have a chance to get their morning pick-me-up with our McCafe along with their favorite breakfast meal.”

Customers who get their free cup of coffee will also receive a coupon for a medium McCafe Iced Coffee with the purchase of any lunch or dinner regular menu sandwich (excluding sandwiches on the Dollar Menu and More).

McDonald’s is also calling on people to “sip and tell” their embarrassing pre-coffee moments on social media with @McCafe using the hashtag #SipandTell. Social media fans can also get creative and show how they wake up with McCafe by posting photos and using the hashtag #mcdonaldshawaii. Select fans can earn an additional week of free coffee once the promotion ends on September 29, which is National Coffee Day.

About McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii has 85 restaurants and more than 5,200 employees in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. In Hawaii alone, the company has 75 restaurants and more than 4,600 employees. McDonald’s total economic impact on the state yearly, directly and indirectly, is about $370 million in spending and nearly 12,000 jobs in the community. McDonald’s prides itself on offering career opportunities to employees, with most managers staying with the company for more than 18 years. Follow McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii on Twitter at @McDonaldsHawaii.

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options, including wholesome choices, made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 89 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products.