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


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

Craft Lattes

Almond Joy

Barbed Wire Brevé

Brown Sugar Bae

Carmello Brevé

Irish Dream

MCC Hammer

Mocha Cortado*

Midway Monster Mocha

Nutella Kiss

Peppermint Patty

Raspberry Bliss

Spicy Cortado

Stan’s Excelsior

Vanilla Bean Swirl

White Toffee Nut

Wild Unicorn

Midway Monster Mocha (M3)