we're a social enterprise

Our Commitments


We believe that without the health and wellbeing of communities and the environment our business would not be able to survive. We are committed to giving back to our support network by ensuring our profits are always used in a way that has a broader social and ecological benefit. We like to think globally, but act locally.

Social Commitments

Young people today face many challenges which can lead to them  experiencing difficulties during their transition from education to employment. Among others, key barriers can include issues like poverty, substance abuse, problems in the family home, physical illness, mental illness and disability. Whatever their circumstances are young people often find it difficult to develop skills and find employment as they mature into adulthood, which can seriously implicate their long-term future. It is our mission to help facilitate their successful transition into adulthood.


At The Common Grind we believe the catering industry is the ideal platform to help prevent youth employment barriers. To offer our support, we will be launching barista workshops in conjunction with The Gatehouse Coffee Roasters, Kibble and other organisations which can give Scottish youths experiencing barriers to employment the opportunity to develop catering industry skills and experience, and help make them more employable to local cafés, restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments.

In future as The Common Grind expands and we are able to take on staff, we will also be offering employment opportunities to the young people who excel in our courses, and the opportunity to gain more formal qualifications. In doing so we hope that those we assist can become self supportive and comfortably transition into adulthood and future careers.

Environmental Commitments

The Common Grind is also an environmentally considerate coffee company. We ensure all of our products are sourced from local, ethical and environmentally friendly suppliers. Whenever possible we reclaim and reuse old equipment and materials. We even repack our ground coffee in their former bags and distribute them to community gardens to help stimulate plant growth. Minimising waste is also really important to us. To do this we ensure that we only use recyclable or compostable packaging and materials, as well as biologically friendly cleaning products.

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