Grounds for coffee was a child of the ‘90s – minus the jelly shoes. In 1992, our President and Founder, Dan Hilton, decided to make a 180-degree turn in his career: from banking to baking. He started Grounds for Coffee in 1993, as Vancouver’s coffee culture was beginning to pick up steam, and settled in to the business of developing a knock-out cinnamon bun recipe from scratch.
And that’s exactly what he did. Nearly a quarter century later, Grounds for Coffee sells its cinnamon buns, which are still made by hand with locally-sourced ingredients, to hundreds of locations across B.C. and Alberta.
We are committed to providing the finest-quality food and beverages for our customers, and a cozy neighborhood haven in which to enjoy them. We’re also committed to maintaining a happy and healthy team of employees, which is why we’ve built exceptional employee benefits into our business.
Our core values
Our relationship with our customers, staff and community is founded on a deep respect. This includes use of wholesome, free and fair-trade ingredients, meticulous attention to proper food preparation and a people-first approach to both staff and customer relations.
We believe that true integrity is not just doing what’s best, but doing what’s right. We’ve built this into our business from the top to the bottom.
Our cafe is not the only place where community happens – though it is certainly a place where moments are created, and we aim to welcome customers with a smile. Our sense of community extends beyond borders, to the locations that sell our products across B.C. and Alberta, and to the places across the globe where we source fair-trade coffee beans.
At the heart of Grounds for Coffee is great people and treasured moments. We honour that with an industry-leading standard of care for the people who buy our products, and the people who serve them.
To ensure that our food is of the highest quality, we use wholesome, locally-sourced ingredients with no trans fats, hydrogenated oils, bleached flours, shortening or preservatives. We sell nothing short of premium organic coffee.
Fun matters to us! We encourage laughter and vitality in our staff and customers, and we believe that enjoying great food and good company is always time well spent.