Ritual Coffee.

One of the world's premiere coffee companies rebrands and emerges victorious.


The evolution of the revolution.

We've been Ritual's brand partners since the day they opened their first cafe in the Mission District of San Francisco back in 2005. Since then, we've all grown up an awful lot and it was time to revisit the original brand we'd created all those years ago. We've repositioned them and updated their brand identity, including their iconic logo. Once the new brand was set, it was time to apply the new look and feel across their line of coffee packaging.

Explore the visual and cultural evolution of San Francisco's Ritual Coffee Roasters from their roaring 2005 appearance on the San Francisco coffee scene to an increasingly warm, intimate warm vibe today. 


Logo/Identity Design
Strategy & Positioning
Package Design
Art Direction
Content Strategy
Print Production
Environmental Graphics

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Bye bye foil. Hello compostable paper bag.

Over the years, the bags had lost their logo's recognizable cup and star and the design felt heavy. We transitioned from a non-recyclable foil bag to a compostable paper bag, bringing it in line with their customers sustainable lifestyle and giving it a more natural feel. 

One of the design challenges we faced was creating only two different bags, one for espresso and one for everything else. The roasters needed flexibility for several different roasts every month and wanted to move away from using messy, non-recyclable stickers. The bags also needed to feel special in order to command premium pricing and needed to work harder to stand out on more ever crowded retail shelves. 

Communication Arts 2016 Award of Excellence awarded to San Francisco design firm Good Stuff Partners for Ritual Coffee Packaging.

Belly band wraps the bag like a gift. 

More importantly, it gave us the outside and inside surfaces to create messages not only about the coffee itself, but about the new Ritual brand. Now they can tell in-depth stories of farmers who grew the beans, educate coffee lovers with illustrated brew guides, announce cafe openings and events, and tell people that they believe being nice is just as important as making the best coffee.

98% direct trade to their farmers.

Unique illustrations of their farmer partners brings authenticity and personality to the packaging. But it also tells people that they buy 98% of their beans directly from their producer partners, setting the highest standard in the industry. This makes sure they not only get their hands on the best beans in the world, but more importantly, their farmers maintain the quality of life they deserve. Telling this story is a critical component of the packaging. 

Detachable baseball card. 

The perforated belly band has a detachable, wallet-size card. It's a handy reminder for customers to use when it comes time to restock their favorite coffee. Friendly, detailed brew guides help Ritual share their great love of coffee in a fun and down-to-earth way. And because they can print the belly bands whenever they want, they have the freedom and flexibility to use them for more short term announcements and promotions. 


As I was sitting here at Starbucks trying to think of what identity/brand I could write about, it hit me…Ritual Coffee. Third wave purveyor of great coffee, Ritual’s identity is a superior brand to most coffee, and ties for best design with Chicago’s Intelligentsia. Both sport a neo-socialist look, but Ritual’s red bag in my kitchen seems to look like it has belonged there for ages. Now back to my inferior tall latte...”

— Professor Milbert Mariano, MFA


Gift cards with removable sleeve. Fill the Love!

We bagged an award.

Our Ritual Coffee packaging work has been given an award of excellence by Communication Arts, the most exclusive design competition in the world. Over 4,228 entries were whittled down to a select few, so we're over the moon to be a winner! It's been published in their 57th Design Annual so don't be surprised if you find extra copies lying around the office.

San Francisco Branding Agency, Good Stuff Partners wins award of excellence for Ritual Coffee packaging redesign

Photography: Nick Brown  Illustrations: Jen Kruch  Pattern Design: Maggie Johnson

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