Our Story

Solid Ground Roasters Our Story John and Maree

Who we are

John and Maree Ratcliffe are the duo behind Solid Ground Roasters. These motivated business owners started their journey into the world of coffee by opening two of the Sunshine Coasts most successful coffee franchise businesses in Buderim and Caloundra.

Quick to establish themselves within the industry, they set their sights on starting their own independent style of cafe and have never looked back. Today, they own four cafes and espresso bars on the Sunshine Coast - Mint Café, Mint Espresso, Evolution Espresso and Evolution Fuel, with Solid Ground Roasters the new addition to the family.

While their focus is primarily on creating a delicious blend for all coffee connoisseurs to enjoy, community support and giving back is a fundamental part of their business.


Solid Ground Roasters Our Feel Good Story

Our feel good story

Coffee is our specialty. It is something we live and breathe. And while coffee will always be our hero, people and relationships are also very important to us.

We believe in the power of community. It is these solid community connections that provide the foundation for what Solid Ground Roasters represents.

That is why we are committed to donating $1 from every kilogram of Hero Blend coffee we roast to local charity organisation, SunnyKids. These funds provide ongoing support to a minimum of 20 at-risk children. 

Better still, we will also donate $5 to SunnyKids from every kilogram of Hero Blend coffee purchased through one of our online subscriptions.

Giving back to our community is especially important. As is creating long-standing relationships. It is these feel good moments that motivate us on our journey with coffee.

our Story