Chester’s Gourmet Blend by Rooted Grounds

But First, Coffee.

We’ve got some Ground-breaking news: Rooted Grounds Coffee Co.’s delicious, custom, and locally roasted Chester’s Gourmet Blend made specially for the SCC has made its way into our coffee roasters this year! If you’re unfamiliar with Rooted Grounds, allow us to give an introduction. About two and a half years ago, Kris Chari seized the opportunity to start a coffee company that could introduce craft coffee to a commercial setting. He wanted convention centers, office buildings, big corporations, and meeting places to be able to buy top quality, locally roasted coffee in bulk that was much more affordable. Rooted Grounds Coffee was born from his idea, and today, Kris and his team introduce expertly crafted (and tasty!) coffee to corporate settings across our region.

The Rooted Grounds coffee beans are grown in Columbia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. “Coffee is like wine,” says Chari, meaning that coffee beans will adapt the properties of the place where they are raised. The custom-made roast for the SCC is crafted directly in the Rooted Grounds state-of-the-art roasting facility in West Chester and is a French roasted Columbian coffee. A cup of this coffee is smooth and bold; a bit darker, stronger and more of a European flavor. So next time you’re at the SCC for a meeting or event and need a pick me up, we’ll have some very satisfying coffee waiting for you.

Why Rooted Grounds? We were looking to improve our coffee, but we wanted something more than just a good tasting cup of joe. Rooted Grounds is rooted in our community, both in that it is a local company, and in that it is very dedicated to giving back to the community where it operates. Proceeds from Rooted Grounds sales are donated to the Marvin Lewis Community Fund to inspire youth education. “We’re for-profit, but we try to do good in the communities we serve so people can feel good about buying our coffee,” says Chari.

At the SCC, we’re always focusing on elements of your experience here that we can make better. This new coffee is just one example of that—but there are many things we’re looking to improve. We believe that improvement should be constant, and we’re working to identify improvements and make them happen. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.

We hope to share a cup of our new craft coffee with you soon.

If you’d like to learn more about Rooted Grounds Coffee Co. or schedule a tour, please visit or call 513.549.5425.