Organic Coffee and Tea sign on Main Street in Santa Monica

For more than 25 years, Groundwork has been a homegrown coffee and tea destination, handcrafting delicious 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 and, now, a certified organic roaster in Portland. Our sustainable, relationship-based, organic coffee sourcing set an industry standard, as did our solar-powered, low-emissions roasting technology. Today, we have multiple café locations around L.A. and in Portland, and distribute our coffees and teas throughout the U.S. Our wholesale division, Groundwork Coffee Co., is the leading provider of brewed organic coffee in Southern California and has been the coffee of choice at The Academy Awards®, The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards, and countless other shows.


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.

Our organic certification attests 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? It means that we pay above market to all of the growers with whom we work. 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.

Did we mention that all Groundwork roasts are fine-tuned by our licensed Q Grader and renowned master cupper, Jeff Chean, and his team, who coax 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 non-GMO? And did we mention that every day our commissary creates delicious, homemade pastries, cookies, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more for our cafés? Well, they do.

It’s all part of Groundwork’s ongoing borderline-obsessive commitment — to our farmers and our communities. From the Venice Boardwalk to Slabtown, 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.