our story
our menu
our coffee
our baristas
our locations

WELCOME TO ADEC’S GAINING GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSES

ADEC opened the first Gaining Grounds Coffee Shop in 2009 as a way to establish common ground between the people we serve and our community. The goal was to entice people in with a fresh cuppa joe and keep them coming back for the friendships they form with the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve at ADEC. It has worked! Stop in either of our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops, and you’ll see authentic relationships that were formed over a cup of coffee.

Our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops also brew up opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We proudly employ individuals with disabilities as baristas, and we display the one-of-a-kind artwork created by the people we serve in ADEC’s five day service locations. When you make a purchase from Gaining Grounds — whether it’s an iced coffee from Missy in Goshen or a beautiful painting from Bristol — you are providing choice and possibility to the people we serve at ADEC.

6 ways ADEC is not your ‘AVERAGE JOE’

We've got the right BLEND.

Just as a rich cup of coffee consists of a fine-tuned blend of beans, ADEC has the right blend of nearly 400 professional staff who serve more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities each year.

We ESPRESSO ourselves.

At ADEC, we give the people we serve the tools to express themselves through art, technology, woodworking and more. They sell the pieces they create in our Art by ADEC stores, giving them a paycheck and the knowledge that people find value in the items they create.

We have a LATTE fun.

We don’t just work hard, we play hard. We believe in fun at ADEC, whether it’s a game with the 70-player Silver Bullets basketball team or a trip to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

We believe in being ORGANIC.

We like authenticity at ADEC. The coffee we serve up at our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops is farm-direct, and the people we serve are treated as individuals with dignity. We celebrate each person’s right to lead A Life of Their Own.

We BREW opportunity.

We don’t just brew up a great pot of coffee at ADEC — we also brew opportunity for those we serve. When you purchase a cuppa joe from us, you’re also providing choice and possibility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We find COMMON GROUNDS.

We don’t just advocate for diversity and inclusion, we put it into practice at ADEC. Stop by one of our Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops and learn about what people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are capable of. Who knows? You might make a new friend.

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our menu

In addition to freshly brewed coffee at each location, our two Gaining Grounds Coffee Shops offer a selection of alternative drinks and snacks.

BRISTOL

Our flagship Gaining Grounds Coffee Shop location offers a full range of coffee and espresso drinks, including blended options like frappucinos. We offer breakfast sandwiches, lunch wraps and snacks ranging from Dove ice cream bars to Sabra hummus snackers.

GOSHEN

Stop in our downtown Goshen location for a brewed coffee, fountain drink, spiced chai (hot or iced) or Joe-To-Go for the office. Snacks include muffins, chips, cookies and candy.

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OUR COFFEE

WHAT’S BREWING AT ADEC?

At each of our three locations, you’ll find great coffee from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. Whatever we’re brewing up is sure to be a pure, brilliant and bold flavor that exceeds your imagination — just like what you’ll find at ADEC.

HOUSE BLEND

Our House Blend was created by ADEC staff and is a twist between Hemisphere’s Nicaraguan and Ethiopian blends, both farm-direct. The Ethiopian beans create a buttery smoothness with fruity notes that explode on your palate, while the Nicaraguan taste offers chocolaty notes with a lemon-citrus finish.

JAMAICAN ME CRAZY

We also serve up the popular Jamaican Me Crazy. One taste — or maybe even one whiff — and you’ll be hooked. The creamy caramel vanilla blend has a twist of Jamaican rum flavor.

DECAF

You’ll also find a Sumatran decaf that’s smooth and rich (to make up for the lack of caffeine).

FLAVOR FRIDAY

Each Friday, our shops also brew up a pot of seasonal flavor. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest Flavor Friday blend.

ADEC is proud to serve coffee that creates choice and possibility — just like we do. All of our coffee blends — from our house blend to our Flavor Friday specialties — come from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. 

Hemisphere is passionate about the two natures of coffee: Place & People.

COFFEE IS PLACE:

Great coffee is a product of its location. It is further enhanced by its growing environment and how the sun and rain and soil interact to produce hard, dense beans with vivid notes and highlights. Coffee grows around the world within a unique band of fertile volcanic soils. Places like Kenya, Indonesia, Peru, and Nicaragua grow fantastic coffee in their highlands.

COFFEE IS PEOPLE:

Every bean is handpicked by real, live, breathing people; people who have hopes, fears and dreams. 25 million families derive their major living from the production of coffee, and we are dedicated to helping as many as we can. Hemisphere Coffee Roasters has developed deep relationships of trust with coffee producers around the world. Our goal is to not give handouts but instead focus on business-to-business solutions that we call direct-trade. This becomes a hand-up to the producer and their community, while providing an excellent cup of coffee for you.

Learn more about Hemisphere
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barista spotlight

MISSY MAST

“Building those one-on-one relationships with customers is what it’s all about,” Missy said. “Knowing all the people around, the area, letting others know what ADEC is about, I just really love working here.

Missy is a bubbly brewing barista with eight years on the job at Goshen’s Gaining Grounds. She’s seen lots of changes over the years, like a different soft drink provider, more snacks and the addition of a sign that can be placed outside.

She even dons her own custom apron, complete with her name stitched across the top.

“Isn’t this great?” She says with a huge grin, pointing at her name on the apron.

It’s great, but what’s even greater for her is the relationships she gets to build with customers. Every Thursday, a church group comes in and has coffee and she gets to chat with them. When she first started, a barber from down the street came in regularly, and she got to know him on a first name basis.

It was our mission that attracted her to the job originally. As a client, Missy wanted to work in a place where she could interact with other clients. She said it took a while for her to get used to the job after getting it, but now she couldn’t love it more.

She also sees herself as a role model to other clients, that with hard work and dedication, you can be truly happy.

“It’s going to take a while to get on the right path, even though you just don’t feel like you’ll ever see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Missy said. “You’ll get to it, and it may feel like a really long time, but at the end you’ll see the light and it’ll be fantastic.”

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our locations

BRISTOL

  • 19670 S.R. 120
    Bristol, IN 46507

  • 574-848-7451

GOSHEN

  • 114 E. Lincoln Ave.
    Goshen, IN 46526

  • 574-533-4231

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