It started last fall with two to three middle school students and a small espresso machine they found in the basement of GracePoint Church. Today, it is a full-fledged coffeehouse, Common Grounds, and the six to seven students consider themselves baristas.
“We’re out of milk right now, but you can get it with almond milk and a shot of amaretto; that’s what I recommend,” Trinity Massey told one customer on a Monday afternoon when the coffeehouse was open to residents from the community.
The idea came from Caleb Perreard, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and his dad Dana, who is the assistant pastor at GracePoint Church. Caleb said he always has liked coffee.