Local coffee culture with a cause

Local coffee culture with a cause

A new independent coffee shop in Torquay is standing out from the crowd with a kind hearted cause. We went to talk to Steffi Rox, the owner, to find out more.


Steffi is a busy Torbay mum with two young kids. She's also a regular in the media, having been featured on the BBC, This Morning and The Guardian on topics from tattoos to family veganism. Oh, and did we mention she recently opened The Kind Grind; a coffee shop with a cause situated at the upper part of Lucius Street, Torquay. This cafe has its foundations in planet friendly, plant based living. Steffi explains:  

’As a coffee lover, I felt there was a gap in the market. I couldn’t find want I wanted in Torquay, as in the choice of ‘milks’ that I like... It’s 100% me and my ethics that I’ve put into here.’
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Everything is well considered and based on her strong principals. The interior of this cafe has a creative, yet welcoming feel. It has been designed by Steffi and made with repurposed and recycled materials. All of the coffee is organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance approved. The food is vegan-friendly from the varied panini menu to bright, flamboyant cakes adorning the rustic counters.

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Steffi really cares about the community on her doorstep. The Kind Grind is Torquay's first business to offer Suspended Coffees, an advance purchase of a cup of coffee for someone who needs it, no matter why. Steffi is also in the midst of setting up networking and support groups for mums and self-employed women and actively encourages them to use The Kind Grind space.

‘People who work from home can come in and use the space... we have energy sources and wifi free to use. I’ve worked from home, and you do get sick of the walls around you... We’re working to create a social, networking environment, and working on a woman’s networking group - we have a speaker lined up... she’s a powerful local woman.’

As a known figure in the Vegan community, Steffi is also using The Kind Grind as a place to host events for local groups. Most recently, Joey Carbstrong, a YouTuber with almost 2 million views, visited for an informal "Ted style" talk. 

‘The place was rammed and he [Joey] was great - so passionate. To stand back and see a whole room to be inspired to go out and do something was fab.’

It's clear that Steffi is using her establishment to help progress all the causes she believes in, whilst being a welcoming, safe space for anyone that just wants to escape the daily grind with a tasty slice of cake and kinder coffee.

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The Kind Grind The Shorely
The Kind Grind The Shorely

The Kind Grind is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday 10am to 2pm. You'll find this coffee house at 4 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UN. 

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