My Sunday ritual includes spending some quality time with my retired parents. It’s a great chance to check in, provide iPad and Facebook tech support, watch some CBS Sunday Morning and discuss plans for the week ahead. But I dare not show up without my Mother’s favorite treat – a scone from Grounded Coffee Co. She does not care which fresh baked flavour I bring, as long as I don’t arrive emptyhanded.
Raspberry, blueberry, peach, rhubarb, apple, blackberry, caramel, and the list goes on. Baked daily, a Grounded scone is the perfect accoutrement to your favorite caffeinated beverage or smoothie. If you are in the know, you need to be an early riser to get your hands on one of these gems as they sell out daily and often before 9:30. Even if you are not an early riser, Grounded has a number of fresh baked goods that can satisfy any sweet tooth and they offer gluten free and vegan options as well.
When I make my way to Grounded for my Americano (which personally I think we should change to Canadiano), I generally grab one of their fruit smoothies and maybe a treat if I’ve been especially good. Look for raspberry bars, cinnamon buns, peanut butter cups or a chia pudding, they are all plant based, and depending on the day you may also find muffins and cookies, just ask one of the friendly staff. While you are there you can stock your pantry with some local maple syrup and pick up some Dandies vegan marshmallows for the campfire. Check the fridges for their great hearty salads if you are looking for something a little more substantial or lunch on the go.
But wait, this is Grounded Coffee Co. and I have yet to mention the coffee. There is such pride in their globally sourced fair trade organic beans that they roast right before your eyes behind the service counter. Make sure you grab a pound of freshly roasted beans, ground to your liking before you leave, because you know you will want another cup. The teas are fair trade organic as well, my favorites include blueberry and dragon tears and in a future article I will be using some of their black tea to make homemade kombucha.
Grounded‘s updated Bay Street location has just had some renovations and the space is more open, airy and inviting than ever! The floor treatment, exposed wood ceiling and new service counter have dramatically opened up the space which even gives you a great view of the waterfront while you order your drinks and decide on your baked goods.
You can enjoy your coffee on the patio at the side of the building overlooking the town dock, or pop next store to the Friendly Stranger Cannabis Culture Shop (https://friendlystranger.com/) before heading out for a walk on the waterfront trail. If you are heading in on Sunday like I do, you can explore the Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Market (https://www.sgbfarmersmarkets.com/) in the parking lot across the street.
Grounded Coffee Co is located at 538 Bay St in Midland and has just announced that they are now reopening 7 days a week. You can check out their online store here https://groundedcoffee.ca/