Common Ground Café and Shared Workspace is a social enterprise pop-up in the Oxford University owned building in Little Clarendon Street, which was formerly Barclays Bank.
Set up by Jake Backus, Managing Director of Empathy Sustainability, VSM at Linacre College Oxford, cycle coach and sustainability champion and Piotr Drabik barista extraordinaire & trainer and coffee machine mechanic with the support of Magnus Baker, bar tender, barista, furniture maker and mountain biker.
Their key positioning is around having somewhere where students and others can study, with free power and wifi, and where people can stay as long as they like. (*They encourage you to purchase something to eat or drink hourly in order to keep them afloat!) They are not profit maximising.
Because they have a relatively low rate of sale, it means that they can spend more time with each person to make them feel welcome. This is why they say they have the “best coffee experience in Oxford”.
A calm space that connects the community, Common Ground Coffee has morphed into a social space where people can come and do their own thing.
Their values are excellent coffee, kindness, courtesy, sustainability and creativity.
Their social purpose is to support the community and student mental health.