Our Story

Solid Ground Roasters Our Story John and Maree

A little bit about us

John and Maree Ratcliffe are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Solid Ground Roasters.  Successful careers in the corporate world, as well as more than 15 years of retail coffee experience, including their own line of cafes, has given this savvy couple the perfect blend of skills to launch their latest venture, Solid Ground Roasters. 
Driven by their desire to provide exceptional coffee, John and Maree have focused their energy on sharing their much loved Hero Blend and a range of exclusive Single Origin coffees. Hero Blend showcases coffees from Colombia, Nicaragua and Brazil that are direct trade, 100% traceable and sustainably grown. For John and Maree, where their coffee is sourced is just as important as how it scores when it is cupped.
Solid Ground supply wholesale customers such as cafés, espresso bars and restaurants along with corporate businesses and the growing number of ‘make it at home’ coffee enthusiasts, who can purchase their Hero Blend online or from a Solid Ground stockist.
With a long history of supporting and giving back to the community, a major emphasis has been put on Solid Ground Roasters to be an industry leader with their generosity and contribution to the local community. 
Maree and John were unanimous in their choice of names for their new venture. The whole idea is about stability and a solid foundation. You have to build on strong foundations, you can’t take short cuts, or skip part of the training or preparation. So when we were looking for a name it needed to signify stability – Solid Ground.


Solid Ground Roasters Our Feel Good Story

Our feel good story

While coffee will always be our hero, people and relationships are what we enjoy the most about our journey taking coffee from the farm to the cup.
We understand how important it is for business owners to support their local communities and incorporate this in their everyday business activities. We are proud to say that supporting the Sunshine Coast community is the foundation for what Solid Ground Roasters represents. That is why we have partnered with a very special organisation, SunnyKids and committed to donating $1 from every kilogram of Hero Blend coffee we roast. We also donate $5 to SunnyKids from every kilogram of Hero Blend purchased through our online subscription. These funds provide ongoing essential support to at risk children and families across the Sunshine Coast. 
It is these feel good relationships that motivate us on our journey with Solid Ground Coffee Roasters.