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$2 - $6
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed April 25, 2023

Having a delicious coffee on an autumn morning by the outdoor fire was an absolutely lovely experience in every way.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 29, 2021

We stopped at Higher Grounds for coffee and a Chai Latte. The coffee was very good and the Chai Latte was great! We received friendly and quick service.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2019

Great spot to get a coffee and sip away the afternoon. Good coffee without being burning the beans. Friendly staff and affordable prices.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

This is a great little coffee shop in The Villages at Grand Traverse Commons. Standard coffee fair along with some coffee to buy and other brewing equipment. I ordered my coffee to go and received it in a nice ceramic mug. I looked confused and...the person that handed it to me explained that to reduce the trash they use mugs that have been donated to them. I loved the fact that they wanted to reduce the waste they create.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Delicious coffee and really nice location and outdoor garden patio right by the Grand Traverse Commons.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

We stopped in to try the Daily Brew, we were offered samples of both types....which were yummy! Prices are extremely reasonable and tours are offered when reserved in advance. I will be sure to stop back in

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

there is so many coffee places available, starbucks ect, when i see a indie shop, i love to stop in. they have good coffee, and i appreciate them reusing mugs, instaed of adding to the waste in landfills. thet have mugs you can "borrow" and...return. good coffee, good vibeMore

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed September 12, 2017

My mom & I discovered Higher Grounds while checking out The Village and decided we'd come back the next day for coffee before our long road trip home. The baristas are clearly very serious people -- both in terms of coffee and in terms of...their company's mission to be sustainable. When I ordered the marigold latte (it sounds crazy, but is absolutely delicious and definitely worth it) and my mom's chai (also delicious!) to go, the barista asked if I was sure we wanted take away and explained how they do it. Some people might have found that rude, but I didn't feel judged -- I actually thought it was a really good idea to recycle mugs like that. I've been meaning to start using a reusable coffee cup at work and this experience encouraged me to actually look around for one. Mission accomplished, Higher Grounds!More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed July 23, 2017

Of all the coffee houses that I have been to around the world, Higher Grounds is my all time favorite! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to answering questions about proper brewing and setups (pour over temp, French press use, etc.)....I love the "honor system" for borrowing the coffee cup, and the fact that they allow customers to bring in their own mug. Great place!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thanks so much Barbara! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 11, 2017

I have passed HGTC dozens if not hundreds of times on my daily dog walk. Today it was hot out. My son and I stopped in for a cup of ice coffee. The place is kind of funky with a hipster feel. Unique coffee with...a different but tasty flavor. A bit on the high side but it is tourist season in TC. If you enjoy a unique cup will sitting in the open air patio you need to give it a try.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thanks for stopping in Mike! So glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed July 9, 2017

The coffee is ok. The staff are not. Barristas are just plain old fashioned rude and somehow snooty. I don't get it. In particular people in Michigan are extremely nice, Higher Grounds Trading Co must have to really headhunt hard to find the few people...that are rude in the area and employ them.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2017

Hi MB, I'm very sorry you had a poor experience in our cafe. If you have any specific feedback you can provide about your visit, please email me directly: jennifer@highergroundstrading.com. Thanks, Jennifer Yeatts Interim General Manager

Reviewed June 17, 2017

The coffee was expensive but absolutely worth it. We are happy to pay more for great coffee and for the Higher Grounds' sustainable business model.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2017

Thanks so much! We're glad you enjoyed the coffee. Cheers!

Reviewed June 12, 2017

Lovely oasis in a busy spot, nice reprieve with classic drinks served with artistic flare. Only suggestion, lighten up on the pepper in the chai or try a dash of ginger or nutmeg instead.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2017

Thanks for stopping in and for your suggestion about our chai! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

Reviewed May 22, 2017

Higher Grounds is a great place to get a fantastic cup of coffee and relax. The various blends and specialty drinks are all carefully made to bring the very best coffee flavors. Their commitment to Fair Trade, and the unique location make for an outstanding...coffee experience.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed May 11, 2017

I was in line behind one person who was ordering a drink and the rest of the place was empty today at 10:45 a.m. There were two people behind the counter. They took her order and both began to talk to her while one was...preparing her one beverage. They both then began chatting about other things with her. They then told her the price of her order and she gave them a debit card and processed her card and then they both began discussing her T shirt and other things. I looked at my watch again and it had over 5 minutes and not one of the employees had said a word or acknowledged my presence. I walked. It was my 1st time there and it will be my last.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Jennifer Y, Manager at Higher Grounds Trading Co., responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2017

Hi David, Thank you for your honest and critical review. I deeply apologize for your truly awful experience. We will be speaking with our coffee bar team about this instance and using it as a learning opportunity for sure--this is not the experience we aim...More

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Higher Grounds Trading Co. is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5