Friendly baristas Jeff and DeeDee will make you feel right at home in this community space, so mosey over for some JavaVino beans and a killer carrot cake muffin. Lingering encouraged.You know those pretentious coffee shops with the baristas who snake eye you from the moment you walk in the door, guffawing when you order a mocha, and act appalled that you don’t know the difference between a single origin coffee and a blend? Well, they aren’t to be found at Community Grounds. In fact, what sets Community Grounds apart from other coffee shops isn’t so much its coffee as its welcoming, warm environment and personable staff who greet customers by name. The non-profit has perfected the art of spreading good vibes without being the least bit hokey. Community Grounds opened up their South Atlanta shop in 2008, designed to be a “third space” for people in the community to have a place to take pride in outside of their work and homes, and to create jobs within the community (none of the employees live further than six blocks from the coffee shop). Sure, we'll take a side of warm 'n fuzzies with that latte.
People in the neighborhood simply refer to Community Grounds as “the coffee shop,” because of its local prominence and intentions to keep its goods affordable. With a cup-o-joe for just a buck, any ol’ bloke can feel like a java lord in this cozy establishment. The beans are fair trade and roasted locally at Java Vino’s roastery, and the carrot cake muffins have a cult following and are not to be missed, baked from scratch by a lady local to the South Atlanta neighborhood. Community Grounds also offers up delectable baked goods and pastries from the Sweet Auburn Bakery, sandwiches from Sweet Potato Eatery, and fresh juices from Arden’s Garden, keeping everything in the shop absolutely local. Even down to the offbeat and inventive artwork on the walls, Refugee Beads jewelry for sale made by local refugee women in Clarkston, and the funky collage-covered tabletops created by the shop owners. Friendly baristas Jeff and DeeDee will make you feel right at home, so mosey over. Lingering encouraged.
Small Coffee, $1
Lakewood Latte, $3.75
Mocha Surprise, $3.65
Fireside Latte, $3.65
Carrot Cake Muffins, $1.95
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Local singer/songwriter Ra Mendoza will be performing a concert at Community Grounds on April 13 at 7:30 p.m.