Brewing Grounds for Change

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Progressive eastside coffee shop and cafe with vegan baked goods from Compassionate Cakes


This is Milwaukee's first and only 100% fair trade coffee shop (although the Riverwest Co-op Cafe is also fair-trade). It's volunteer-run and headed up by a passionate and dedicated human/civil rights activist so there's always political brochures and posters hanging around. It's a cute shop with tables, chairs, and couches, plus gorgeous paintings and photographs. Nearly all the bakery is vegan (it's from East Side Ovens) and they also have vegan soups, sandwiches, and snacks. They sporadically do brunch items on the weekend (when they have enough volunteers) and have plenty of vegan options then.

Added by Cass Danger on Jun 25 07 (last updated Apr 2 12)

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Very liberal coffee shop. Politically, I can align myself with this coffee shop and wish I came around more often. Last time I was there I think I had like a passion tea which was very good. Very cool place to hang out, and talk politics, if that's your cup of tea.

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This is my favorite coffee shop in Milwaukee. The guy who runs it, Matt, has always been a friend to animals and to vegans and even if the shop is struggling, he's always willing to donate items to local animal rights groups.

The service is friendly and the food and tea is good (I hear the coffee is good), but since it's run by volunteers, it will occasionally be closed for a few hours here and there if they have nobody to work. This is a great place to meet with a friend or have a small activist/business meeting because they have a table in the back room that can seat about 6-8 people.

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East Side


Just west of North Avenue.


Cash Only


  • American


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Quiet


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11am - 11:30pm

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