UK. SSP has added fast-growing café-bar and restaurant brand Grind to its food & beverage portfolio.

SSP said it plans to open a Grind outlet at a key London location within the next 12 months. A pipeline of additional air and rail locations are also under discussion.

Grind launched in Shoreditch, East London, in 2011 and serves coffee, food and cocktails to a ‘killer’ soundtrack.

Caffeine before the daily Grind: The brand’s coffee is renowned as being among the best in the UK

Grind’s coffee, roasted daily at its Shoreditch Roastery and HQ, is renowned as being among the best in the UK. Its cocktails, particularly the Grind Espresso Martini, are popular with customers. Grind also runs a recording studio at the original Grind in Shoreditch, as well as a late-night club-bar in Clerkenwell.

SSP UK and Ireland CEO Simon Smith said: “Grind is an outstanding brand and we are delighted to be able to include it in our brand portfolio. The concept is great for the travelling consumer looking for excellent coffee and food, as well as for locals who want to grab a drink or a bite to eat. It is the ideal complement to our other coffee brands.”

Grind’s Espresso Martini is said to have established an ‘enviable’ reputation

Grind CEO and Founder David Abrahamovitch commented: “Grind has always been about serving high quality coffee and cocktails to busy Londoners who demand the best – and we’re incredibly excited to be partnering with SSP to bring Grind into airports and train stations nationally for the first time.”

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