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806 Red Dr, Ste. 150, Traverse City, MI 49684-4722
+1 231-922-9009
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Made a quick stop here for a coffee-ordered a pumpkin latte, which was delicious but needed it to-go, and received it an old coffee mug-the coffee shop is very eco friendly and does not offer to-go cups...which is a little strange. So although my latte was good, drinking it from an old grandma coffee mug devalued it a little.

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Thank Nicole R
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us Nicole! We're glad you enjoyed your pumpkin pie latte. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Naperville, Illinois
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99 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The coffee is the best I've had anywhere, besides Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck. And, the owners commitment to their principles is commendable --I admire the ceramic version of a to-go cup, and now have a souvenir of a great cup of coffee.

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Thank MD060703
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Toledo, OH
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125 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Higher Grounds coffee smells better, tastes better and brews better than all the other espresso's out there. I review higher grounds as not only one who enjoys the building when I'm in town, but from someone who buys the beans and grinds and brews the espresso at home nearly every morning. Yes, I have a fancy machine and I buy... More 

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Thank rswartz68
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review! We're so glad you enjoy our coffee every day and appreciate your desire to spread the word. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Nevada
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I have mail ordered from them in the past, so I thought I would stop in when in the area. First of all, the entire complex where they are located is the renovated TC State Hospital. They are located in the former laundry building. That said, the management company needs to improve the signage for the complex. Like 100000% improve.... More 

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Charlotte, Michigan
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8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit to Higher Grounds. We'd stopped in years ago but it didn't even look appealing so we just walked out. My husband was adamant we stop this time, so I reluctantly agreed. It took at least 20 minutes for our drinks and it was definitely not worth the wait. Not only were both drinks barely warm,... More 

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Thank stephaniez4810
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Hi Stephanie, Thanks for taking the time to leave a note. We're very sorry that you experienced poor service and quality and will address this instance with our team. If you are ever willing to give us another try, I encourage you to bring your own lidded cup to take your drink to go. Sincerely, Jennifer, director of coffee More 

Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

First of all, The Commons are so charming and this place is awesome. They have outdoor seating which is great for dogs. You can take a to-go coffee mug and encourage you to bring it or another mug back. Their coffee is great too!

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Thank Taryn H
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thank you Taryn! We appreciate your taking the time to leave a review and hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The proprietors of this establishment have no idea what a real espresso or cappuccino should taste like. I have been to Europe and this coffee doesn't even come close. I make espresso daily from locally roasted beans where I live and the coffee which I make at home is 100x better than the coffee we were served here. The coffee... More 

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Thank Notmyzoo
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in and giving us a try. We're sorry that you had a negative experience and will reevaluate our espresso recipe. Thank you for your feedback; we do appreciate your taking the time to leave a note. Sincerely, Jennifer Yeatts, Director of Coffee More 

Berkeley, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Likely the best coffee I've ever had, and that's saying something. Great green practices and atmosphere too.

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Thank metuka7
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! We're glad you had a great experience and hope to see you again soon. More 

Addison
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

A local recommended Higher Grounds to us and said she hasn't found a better cup of coffee anywhere since coming to Higher Grounds. She was right -- I'll have a hard time finding a better cup, too! Delicious and completely environmentally friendly. Highly recommend stopping by!

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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! We're glad you had a great experience and hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Chocowinity, North Carolina
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

A simple latte to go! No to-go cups; only donated mugs to leave or take away! Using an open mug while driving doesn't work! Alternative: thermal cup with ill-fitting top!! Had to drink the coffee before driving away. A simple, biodegradable to-go cup certainly wouldn't taint their environmentally conscious reputation! BTW the latte was good!

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Thank mittar252
Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave a note; we appreciate the feedback. For more context on our to-go cup philosophy, check out this blog post from a few years back: http://www.highergroundstrading.com/blog/9/combating-the-trash-stash:-whats-your-cup-made-of? We're glad you enjoyed your latte! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6
Cuisine
Cafe
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 18:00
Thursday
08:00 - 18:00
Friday
08:00 - 18:00
Saturday
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 806 Red Dr, Ste. 150, Traverse City, MI 49684-4722
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-922-9009
Description
Step into our cafe and you'll find everything you need when it comes to coffee: brewing methods, travel cups and mugs, grinders, kettles and of course a wide array of freshly-roasted coffee. We love providing you with opportunities to improve your experience of coffee, whether that's at home with your own tools or here in our space, where we'll welcome you with a smile. You can chat with our friendly baristas to find just the right variety of coffee for your at-home brewing preference, sip a cup of our daily brew or a finely-crafted espresso drink, and learn about all of the various methods of coffee brewing.

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