Change your coffee, change your world.
Coffee Beans Heart Fair Grounds Organic Café & Roastery is a small coffee shop with a lot of heart. Located in the Lake Shore West community of Long Branch. Fair Grounds is dedicated to providing individuals with fresh, Certified Fair Trade and organic products. By choosing Fair Trade products we and our customers are making a choice to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability.

Our History

Fair Grounds, unlike most coffee shops, did not start as a business plan. Rather, it started as a passion for supporting communities abroad in their attempt to sell quality products at a fair price. The owner, Jeffrey Stinson, began doing research on coffee for another business, when he realized that not only is coffee the most sprayed crop next to cotton, but that farmers are losing money in its production and being further pushed into poverty. Upon gaining this knowledge, he thought it was an important cause to support, and roasting coffee seemed like an interesting hobby. He began roasting coffee with a friend in a warehouse, selling the beans at local farmers markets. The passion that Jeffrey developed for this cause has not wavered, however his hobby has grown into a flourishing coffee shop.

Our Commitment

Making a Choice for Change

Fair Grounds is dedicated to providing individuals with fresh, Certified Fair Trade and certified organic products. What does this mean? By choosing fair trade products, we are making a choice to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability. At Fair Grounds, all of our products are organic – meaning that are grown without any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Healthier soil and waters offered to growing produce, in turn means healthier consumers. So, not only do we offer an alternative ethical choice to consumers, with products that aid in developing communities abroad, we also provide a wide range of products that are fresh and organic, benefiting our own community. Together we are making a choice for change.

Only the Very Best

You know you are in the right place when you can smell the scent of freshly roasted coffee wafting onto the streets of Lake Shore West. This personal touch to all of our different roasts offers the customer many benefits, the most important being freshness. Coffee beans are like bread, and depending on the origin and method of storage, coffee flavour peaks from 24 hours to 7 days after roasting. Knowing exactly where, when and who roasted your coffee offers a personal touch with maximum freshness that cannot be beat. The beans are roasted by people who care about you, and want to ensure you thoroughly enjoy, what to some, is the most important drink of the day. With maximum control over the flavour profiles, you will be sure to find a roast that suits your tastes impeccably.

The same care that goes into perfecting your coffee roast goes into the creation of your perfect in house coffee drink. At Fair Grounds, you are guaranteed a flawlessly crafted espresso drink or a cup of tasty coffee that is made just for you. Our baristas know our customers drinks and have them started before they even walk in the door. Each barista is well educated about each coffee roast, starting from the cooperatives where they are grown, to its perfect preparation in-house.

On top of this, Fair Grounds offers a selection of freshly in-house baked treats that will compliment your coffee perfectly.

Dedication to Community

COMING FULL CIRCLE

Being a local coffee shop, we receive much support from our community. This support stems from the quality of our service, as well as the ethics and values that we hold. Our dedication to a strong sense of community comes full circle, as we provide opportunities for farmers abroad to develop their skills and standard of living through roasting and selling their beans over other alternatives. This in turn allows us to provide a dwelling for our community members to feel a sense of belonging, by having a dependable place to meet with friends or a good book. Fair Grounds’ connects and benefits two different communities, all through an amazing freshly roasted cup of coffee.