About us

We are more than a coffee shop.

Common Grounds officially opened July 2016 as a 501c3 and has evolved from what is known as a organic mission project. We are not a church, but we support certain work of our church partners at FMCusa.org and SetFreeMovement.com Rescuing victims of modern day slavery here and around the world ought to be a “common” concern for everyone who loves freedom. Our book sales and other donations go directly to mission, and we are grateful for those of you who give.

As a popular community center we strive to bridge the gap between locals, academia, people of faith, ethnicity and gender. One way to do this is through gathering creative thinkers and artists of all ages.

Our coffee, teas, chocolate and other products are fair trade and ethically sourced to help better the lives for farming families vulnerable to corporate greed. We hope to create change one cup at a time.

Why DeKalb? Because big things happen in small places all the time and DeKalb is a great place to start a movement. In short, we are part mission part business and we hope you will support both arms of Common Grounds, Books and Beans. #proudlydekalb

Signature Espresso Drinks

  • Barbed Wire Brevé
    • A DeKalb favorite with organic cinnamon, vanilla and rich espresso. (3-4 shots espresso)
  • Carmello Brevé
    • Creamy Macchiato drenched in caramel with a hint of marshmallow. (3-4 shots espresso)
  • Mocha Cortado
    • Try our perfect blend of espresso and dark chocolate.
  • Almond Joy Latte
    • Almond, coconut and chocolatey espresso. For true coconut lovers! (2 shots espresso)
  • MCC Hammer Brevé
    • Can’t touch this delicious blend of marshmallow, coconut and chocolate. (3-4 shots espresso)
  • Vanilla Bean Swirl
    • Tastes like great ice cream meets espresso, because that’s what it is. (2 shots espresso)

  • Irish Dream Latte
    • Creamy liqueur flavor with white chocolate and fresh ginger. (2-3 shots espresso)
  • Nutella Dream
    • An Italian style blend of Hazelnut and dark chocolate. (2 shots espresso)
  • Red Hot Mocha
    • Sweet and spicy version of Mocha Cortado.
  • White Toffee Nut
    • White Chocolate and toffee with a hint of coconut.
  • Ginger Spice Steamer
    • A creamy blend of spicy ginger and cardamom. (1 shot espresso)

Fruit Smoothies and Slushies

Smoothies - Medium $4.75 - Large $5.50

Non-Dairy or Boost with Acai, Elderberry, Dragonfruit, Matcha, Tamarind - Add 50

  • Aria’s Dragon Fruit
    • Coconut milk, dragon fruit, pomegranate, lychee and papaya
  • Blue Raspberry Fusion
    • Yogurt, blueberries, raspberry and passion fruit
  • Hawaiian Punch
    • Yogurt, mango, strawberries, coconut, and banana
  • Kiwi Berry Passion
    • Yogurt, kiwi, strawberry, raspberry, passion fruit blend
  • Orange Crush Dreamsicle
    • Cream, orange juice, mango, carrot, vanilla
  • Raspberry Mango Tango
    • Yogurt, mango, raspberry, mango fruit blend
  • The Mean Green (Vegan)
    • Matcha tea, coconut milk, mango, spinach and kiwi
  • Wild Strawberry Banana
    • Yogurt, bananas, strawberries, mixed berries, strawberry blend

Slushies - 16oz - $3.75

  • Oreo Crunch
    • Blended Cookies, light granola and honey
  • Mocha Monkey
    • Blend of cream, bananas, espresso, and choc chips
  • Mr. Chips
    • Totasted coconut, white choc, milk choc, and butterscotch
  • Tuti Fruity
    • Raspberry, apple, watermelon, and almond milk
  • Pomegranate Splash
    • Blended ice, pomegranate, and raspberry
  • Peach Tea Blender
    • Black peach tea with real peaches and cream
  • Jasmine Dragon
    • Lemongrass, dragonfruit with Jasmine tea

Homemade Baked Goods

  • Muffins:
    • Double Chocolate
    • Cinnamon Crunch
    • White Chocolate Raspberry
    • Blueberry
  • Scones:
    • Lemon Poppy Seed
    • Cranberry White Chocolate
    • Chocolate chip
  • Brownies:
    • Double Chocolate
    • Walnut
    • White chocolate coconut
  • Cookies:
    • Chocolate Chip
    • White Cranberry
    • The Monster Mash - white chocolate, chocolate chip, cranberry, oatmeal, brown sugar, coconut, pecan

Handmade from our Kitchen

Breakfast and lunch from 8:30am - 2:00pm

  • Big Ol' Omelette!
    • Cage free Eggs, onion, tomato and cheese $4.75
  • Egg/Cheese Muffin
    • Bay's English muffin, cheedar and veggies $3.75
  • Breakfast Panini
    • Two eggs, italian cheeses, tomatoes, herbs, grilled onions and pesto $5.00
    • Add sausage (turkey, pork) Smoked ham or bacon for $1.25
  • Country Grits, Cheesy Hash Browns $3.25
  • Hummus and bread $3.25
  • PB&J or Nutella w/ toast $3.25
  • Vegan soup or chili $3.75

Paninis with handmade bread $6.00, Wraps 5.25

add half cup of soup or chili for $1.50

  • The Gondola
    • Italian cheese mix, tomatoes, onions, peppers, pesto salami and smoked ham
  • The Wrangler
    • Cheddar, bacon, grilled chicken, peas, carrots and peppers with spicy mayo sauce
  • Szechuan Style
    • Curry schezwan sauce, chicken, stir fried veggies, mushrooms, onions and tangy sauce
  • Vegan Wrap
    • Veggies (tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, spinach, mushrooms) tossed with hummus and herb dressing
  • Turkey Avocado Wrap
    • Heaps of smoked turkey, cheddar and veggies in a spinach or whole wheat wrap


Common Grounds

131 E. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

Open Daily at 8:30am

Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 9:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday until 5pm