Commuters double take as celebrity lookalike is spotted at Grind opening

UK coffee company, Grind, hosted a welcome party to introduce its 15th UK coffee shop. The trick? The brand invited a celebrity lookalike that closely resembles its key competitors’ brand ambassador.

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Commuters were seen ogling at the lookalike all morning trying to figure out where they could place him. Some even asked for selfies with the lookalike, coined “George Clone-ey,” who was hired by Grind to promote its new coffee shop at London’s St Pancras station. The move follows Grind’s takeover of the closing of a key competitor’s store in the very same spot.

At the opening, “George Clone-ey” was spotted picking up competitor coffee pods in an effort to exhibit Grind’s deep commitment to sustainability; he was also spotted taking out the recycling. What a guy.

Cred: Alistair Veryard

To celebrate the brand’s newest location, Grind is now offering one free coffee to the first 100 customers who visit St. Pancras every day between 23 May and 26 May. 

CEO David Abrahamovitch said, “Having just recycled our competitor’s store into a Grind store – one that’s better for the planet – we thought, what better time to introduce the public to “George Clone-ey.”

“Expanding Grind’s retail footprint in the UK – especially in a space as iconic as St Pancras is super exciting for us. We know the space sees loads of commuters and tourists daily so it’s great to be able to serve them great coffee whilst on their journey through London, as well as offer everything they need to make barista-quality coffee themselves, with our at home range.”

This activation marks Grind’s latest poke at coffee giants after launching the UK’s first home-compostable coffee pods. Earlier this year, the company launched its Better Coffee Foundation to reduce waste from the global coffee industry and committed to remove two coffee pods’ worth of plastic for every one of its compostable pods sold. Grind’s pods are home-compostable and break down in weeks.

About Better Coffee Foundation®

Through the Better Coffee Foundation®, we’ve launched an ongoing initiative to clean up the waste left by the single-use coffee pods. Whilst our home-compostable coffee pods are an alternative to the billions of plastic and aluminium pods that end up in landfill we realised there’s more we can do to reverse some of the damage caused by the wider coffee industry. Via donations from Grind to the Foundation we’re committed to removing two coffee pods worth of plastic for every Grind pod sold. Right now, that’s equal to us removing more than 100,000 plastic pods from the ocean every day.*

*In fact, we’ll be preventing plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean – via our partnership with Cleanhub. Supporting communities in Kerala, South West India to recover plastic waste through education, recycling incentives, ocean beach cleanups and improved recycling infrastructure.

About Grind:

The St Pancras Grind store is the latest in Grind’s coffee shop rollout. To date, Grind has 15  locations across the UK. London-born cult coffee brand Grind is helping people make better, more sustainable coffee at home, with their compostable Nespresso® pods. Filled with organic coffee, ethically sourced from sustainable farms around the world, great coffee, doing good. Roasted daily in London, Brooklyn and LA, Grind sells tens of millions of pods to customers around the world each year. Grind can be found at members clubs, hotels and restaurants internationally through a global partnership with Soho House, as well as on shelves at retailers including Selfridges and Ocado. Grind has been serving coffee across London hot spots for a decade, in their own cafés and restaurants, having first opened in Shoreditch in 2011.