About Us

 

For nearly 25 years (an eternity in Los Angeles time), Groundwork has been a homegrown coffee and tea destination, handcrafting Angelenos’ favorite drinks from the finest ingredients. Our borderline-obsessive commitment to each cup and every customer — in warm, inviting cafés that capture the flavor of their neighborhoods — is a fundamental part of our story. Come to think of it, it is our story.

Groundwork rose from the sands of Venice Beach, CA, as a single coffee and tea shop (complete with a custom-built, small-batch roaster) that also sold rare and used books. Local demand soon became so great, we began roasting 24/7 and wisely got out of the book business.

Flash-forward a few years: Our single-roaster operation morphed into one of the first certified organic coffee roasters in California, not to mention the largest in L.A. Our sustainable, relationship-based, organic coffee sourcing set an industry standard, as did our solar-powered, low-emissions roasting technology. Today, we have seven café locations around town and distribute our coffees and teas throughout the U.S. Not too shabby.

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Coffee is one of the Earth’s greatest resources. It’s the second-most traded commodity. Unfortunately, it’s also the third-most heavily sprayed crop. That makes us sad. And that makes us organic.


Our organic certification sees to it that our coffee and its community of growers are not exposed to harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. In fact, all of Groundwork’s coffees and teas are not only certified organic, but they’re also fairly traded. What does this mean, you ask? It means that our farmers get paid an equitable wage. (Seems obvious, right? You’d be surprised . . .) It means that, from the ground up, our loyal customers can feel good knowing that their purchase didn’t come at the expense of the physical health or economic well-being of the farmers and growers who brought it to market, nor was the environment in which it was grown compromised.

 
Did we mention that all Groundwork roasts are fine-tuned by our licensed Q Grader and renowned roastmaster Jeff Chean, who coaxes the true potential out of each and every bean? Did we mention that our coffees, harvested from every growing region in the world, are certified kosher? And did we mention that our cafés offer a selection of fresh, house-made pastries, cookies, sandwiches, soups, and salads? Well, they do.


It’s all part of Groundwork’s ongoing borderline-obsessive commitment — to our farmers, our customers, and our city. From the Venice Boardwalk to DTLA’s Historic Core, we’d guarantee (if our lawyers would let us) that you won’t experience a finer beverage . . . or pastry . . . or sandwich. It’s a commitment on which we’ve built our name.


Enjoy.

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