Groundswell Roasters was a small batch coffee roaster located in Vancouver B.C. 

Attie O'Rourke and Will Kemp started Groundswell Roasters to share their passion for exceptional coffee through supporting youth. In just over a year the team won two silver medals at Golden Bean North America, best decaf in Vancouver and was voted into the 'Top 10 Roasters in Vancouver' and their coffee was found in various cafes including Small Victory Bakery, Quantum Coffee and Koffee, restaurants including Stable House Bistro and the offices of Hootsuite.

Attie and Will returned to their hometown in Australia via coffee producing countries to start their next coffee adventure, in Queensland Australia.

Watch this space to watch the journey continue...




Thank you


We greatly appreciate all of the support that we received in setting up Groundswell Roasters:

A special thanks to funders of our Youth Microbusiness Program:

City of Vancouver

Eastside Community Fund

Robert Conconi Family Foundation

Vancouver Foundation

National Bank


A special thanks to Pallet Coffee Roasters for their training and support. To all the other many coffee roasters, baristas and cafes who supported our journey (you know who you are!) we couldn't have done it without you!