Youngs plan a way to give back

Photo Credit: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Andrew and Courtney Young are the new owners of The Grind Coffee House.You may have noticed that local caffeine haven The Grind Coffee House is under new ownership.

But Andrew and Courtney Young hope the change hasn’t been too abrupt.

The Youngs are longtime friends of previous owners Shana and Robbie Foster.

“We just loved what they created here,” Andrew said. “Just a really warm and welcoming place.”

The timing had been especially fortuitous when it worked out for the Youngs to take over ownership of the Grind at the end of February.

It was just the opportunity they wanted.

The Youngs grew up in small towns. Andrew is from Boring, and Courtney is from Troutdale.

The high school sweethearts married at age 19.

The two have four children: Elle, 7; Houston, 5; Ivy, 3; and 2-year-old Maisy, whom the Youngs adopted from Uganda a year ago.

Andrew studied mechanical engineering at Oregon State University and worked in the field for a year and a half.

He then got an MBA from George Fox University after realizing he “liked people too much to be an engineer.”

Courtney was a stay-at-home mom for a while and worked jobs here and there.

Both have experience working in coffee shops, but this is their first time owning a business.

Consistency at The Grind is very important to the new owners, Courtney said. They want to make sure to keep the Fosters’ vision for the café alive.

“It’s important for us that our employees connect with our customers,” Courtney said. “So it almost feels like we’re family ... We know their name, know what they want before they come to the counter.”

While the Youngs are slowly adding to the menu, they haven’t removed items from what was previously offered.

Most of the additions have been of a healthy bent.

As the mother of four, Courtney said that as a customer, she often hopes for healthy snacks when bringing her children into coffee shops.

With that in mind, Grind customers can buy a fresh apple at the counter or a natural fruit bar.

Photo Credit: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Vegetarians rejoice! The Grind's pita plate is one of the yummiest meat-free options in Estacada. And that vanilla latte ain't bad either.The Youngs also are considering adding gluten-free items to the menu.

So far, though, the biggest change has been visual. Courtney redecorated and added a children’s table.

As they continue to get into the groove of running their own café, the Youngs have plans for special features.

When football season starts, Andrew said The Grind will have “football Fridays” during which anyone in Ranger football gear will get 25 cents off a beverage.

The Youngs also want to have a “Civil War Week” leading up to the annual battle between the Beavers and the Ducks.

Customers can cast a vote for their favorite team.

Following the big game, a prize-package winner will be drawn from the victorious team’s jar.

But football frenzy isn’t all the Youngs want to offer.

They also are planning a “Grind Gives Back” program in which the café will pick a local nonprofit organization to partner with for a month.

From 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the month, 10 percent of sales will go to benefit that organization.

If you are interested in having your nonprofit group be a part of the “Grind Gives Back” program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Grind Coffee House is at 105 S.W. Highway 224 and is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call The Grind at 503-630-7700.

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