San Francisco Bay Coffee taps Cutwater as Creative and Media Agency of Record

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Gourmet, ethically-sourced coffee brand San Francisco Bay Coffee – which is owned by the Rogers Family Company and USA-operated – has tapped Cutwater, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, as their creative and media agency of record after a comprehensive review.

Under this relationship, Cutwater will spearhead communications efforts, such as brand platform development, creative, production, and strategy. The agency will work across San Francisco Bay Coffee’s full product portfolio, ranging from the certified commercially compostable OneCUP™ pods to the Whole Bean and Ground offerings. Upcoming initiatives will include OLV, social, display, OOH, and more.

The U.S. coffee market is projected to rise from ~$28.06 billion in 2024 to ~$33.64 billion by 2029 with statistics showing that nearly 3 in 4 Americans drink coffee every day.

San Francisco Bay Coffee is looking to tell their rich history and expand their national reach by pursuing all-new, integrated marketing endeavors. 

The brand is best known for pouring their heart into every cup. For over 40 years, they’ve worked to bring the best cup of coffee, all while guaranteeing their farmer partners earn a profit above and beyond the cost of production, not just a so-called fair wage. This ongoing, social mission is complemented by a commitment toward investing in sustainable labor and environmentally friendly practices. The OneCup pods in particular are made of plant-based materials, encouraging coffee enthusiasts to enjoy a convenient cup of coffee with less plastic.

“As a West Coaster, I’m proud to see San Francisco Bay Coffee making a stir nationwide”, explains Cutwater Founder and CCO Chuck McBride. “What drew me the most to the brand was their dedication toward growing the largest family of farmers and coffee communities in the world. The insights from our early sessions are promising, and there’s a lot of opportunity for creative fun and social impact.”

The inaugural campaign is slated to launch later this year.

San Francisco Bay Coffee Director of Marketing Jennifer Greenberg adds, “We are excited to work with Cutwater to help put the spotlight on San Francisco Bay Coffee. In our search for a partner, their breakthrough, insightful creative really won us over. We believe that their history of building small, challenger brands – while keeping true to what makes each brand unique – will help elevate the brand and allow us to reach out to more coffee loving consumers.” 

The appointment follows Cutwater winning the creative agency of record title for leading global financial technology company MoneyGram International, Inc.

According to Cutwater Principal and President Christian Hughes, “San Francisco Bay Coffee elevates everything it touches, from the lives of the farmers to the coffee in our cups. There’s a legacy of not just quality taste, but also family values – putting community relationships and the planet first. It’s also really great coffee.”

Cutwater is an independent creative and media agency with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Headed by advertising thought leaders, Founder / CCO Chuck McBride and Principal / President Christian Hughes, the agency prides itself on building distinctive campaigns for challenger and legacy brands alike. These have included the likes of Hartz, MoneyGram, Russell Stover, Brawny, Ray-Ban, and more.

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