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A Visit to Hidden Grounds Coffee in Hoboken

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Craving java? Look no further than Hidden Grounds Coffee. While the coffee shop name may sound familiar {thanks to its already-established Jersey City + New Brunswick locations}, Hidden Grounds is new to the Hoboken scene. But with a menu of delicious treats like bagels and sandwiches, and an array of milk options {whole, skim, soy, almond, oat!}, Hidden Grounds has already become a local cafe staple.

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Located on the corner of 7th and Garden Streets {and with other locations at 148 1st Street in Jersey City and two in New Brunswick}, Hidden Grounds offers a wide selection of coffee through several different brewing methods. Patrons can even pick up bottled brews — in a variety of homespun flavors — to go.

Bottled brews come in Rose Chai, Creole Style Cold Brew, and Classic Masala Chai  not to mention super cute packaging. Aside from snagging some of their bottled beverages in store, you can also order online here or snag the variety three-pack through Amazon.

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Hidden Grounds — now on its fourth location — has humble beginnings. According to the story on the coffee shop’s website, founders Anand Patel and Spoorthi Kumar collaborated on the business together when they were still unemployed, “bright-eyed kids.”

“You know that friend of yours that has the crazy idea?” the website reads. “We’re not those friends. We had an idea, signed a lease, and pulled the trigger.”


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The beautiful new space in Hoboken

Hidden Grounds came to be in 2013. Patel and Kumar took a chance on their coffee shop idea and with the right connections, were able to get things moving without losing any authenticity. And what’s more, Hidden Grounds very much became a team effort.

“A mother in India sends us the spices for our Masala Chai, a close friend named the business, and another gave us the recipe for our body juice cleanse,” they shared.

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But it’s the coffee that’s a game-changer. “Purchased from the finest sources we could find and freshly ground every morning,” Anand explained, proudly. “Espresso is religiously brewed for 26 seconds to capture deep flavor and full body.”

What else is on the menu? You name it. Fresh juices and tons of gluten-free items galore! All signature sandwiches are made to order, cream cheeses are handmade, and the produce is hand-selected.

Hidden Grounds also offers hands-on events. While no Hoboken events have been announced of yet, it’s only natural that the Boken location will follow in the steps of its Jersey City and New Brunswick counterparts. All three other locations host a few events per month.

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“At Hidden Grounds, we put ourselves into the shop,” the co-owners write. “We learn your drink, know your story, and are happy to see you every time you visit.”

Have you been to Hidden Grounds Coffee Share your experience with us in the comments below, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl

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Stephanie Osmanski writes honest things about health, the planet, and being a woman. Her words have appeared on Business Insider, Parade, Eat This Not That, Dogster, Scary Mommy, Green Matters, Parents, Seventeen, Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, and more. Her articles have been syndicated on World Economic Forum, MSN, MSN UK, and MSN Canada. In her free time, Stephanie and her registered therapy dog, Koda, volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.

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