Groundworks

Coffe addicts… pay attention !

Venice is full of charming cafes and one of my favorites right now is Groundworks.

Venue:

It is a small spot. There are a couple tables with bar stools.There is a communal table – perfect place to meet the eccentric array of regulars. There a bench outside if you’d rather sit an people watch.

I usually drop in early mornings on my way to work. There is street parking on rose and on Bernard. There is usually no problem finding a parking spot in the morning.

Legend has it that this turn-of-the-century brick building was constructed with a horse stable to accommodate L.A.’s thriving carriage trade. In the ’50s, the Wolff family purchased the property and started a catering business. In 1991, Groundwork leased the building and installed its first coffee roaster under an old oven hood. For the next ten years, we continued to roast coffee in the space.

The decor is charming. Wood floors, wood furniture. It’s all very raw.

Food:

I come here #1 for the coffee. Groundworks coffee is fair trade organic coffee. Fancy Shmancy! The important thing is that their coffee tastes good. They have the soy milk, hemp milk, and almond milk option.

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Personally, I go for the cafe latte with almond milk. I add a dash (or two) of cinnamon on a cold day. If it’s hot, and Iced Coffee with Almond Milk and Cinnamon does the trick. 2015/01/img_5778-0.jpg

For breakfast they offer the usual coffee shop pastries, BUT they are so delish! Depending on my workout for the day, or lack thereof, I decide what to eat. Usually, I wind up ordering the Oatmeal with dried apples, dried apricots, dried cranberries, dried pears made with hot water. They always make it just right. It’s nice and sticky. It comes in a to-go cup that makes it perfect for those of us on the go. 2015/01/img_5775-0.jpg

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Service:

What truly sets groundworks apart from the rest is their service. It’s nice to see familiar faces. The morning crew is amazing. They are friendly and understanding, when I’m half asleep and discombobulated.

Please stop by and let me know what you think.

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