Whole Foods Maintains Organic Coffee Integrity, Right Down to the Grinder

Categories: Java Enabled

Whole Foods has always led the way in organic integrity, but a visit to its Brentwood location this morning made us question if perhaps Whole Foods thinks some people might be taking it too far.

Take a look at the sign posted on the complimentary coffee grinders:

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Robin Wheeler
Don't like it? Buy your own damn grinder.


"If you're going to throw a hissy fit because a half a teaspoon of someone's conventional coffee grounds might come into contact with your pound of precious organic ones, get your own damn grinder and leave us alone."

Granted, Whole Foods' method of conveying this message is much nicer than ours.

If there's a sign, chances are enough people complained about the lack of 100 percent pure organic integrity because of coffee dust in a public grinder to merit a message.

To those people we say: Have some integrity. Buy your own fucking grinder. Quit bothering the employees. And, perhaps, consider laying off the caffeine.

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Whole Foods Market-Galleria

1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO

Category: General

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Dave Greene
Dave Greene

We roast coffee in two small retail locations and have never had the problem discussed in this article. The vast majority of our customers are reasonable human beings. My bet is that the same applies to Whole Foods.


Sounds like your usual fine level of reporting again, RFT.  Really got deep into the issue, huh?  If you had bothered to ask any employee at the store (which I did this morning) what the purpose behind the sign is, they would have been happy to tell you the reason it is posted:  meeting the USDA requirements to be a certified organic grocery store.  Not because some customers complained.   Oh wait, wasn't there an article last year about Whole Foods and organics?  Didn't anyone do any research to write THAT article either?

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