The Proving Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream

Now Open in downtown milford

 
 

 
 
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Our Coffee & Ice Cream

We serve unique coffees that expand the palate, along with familiar favorites, in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. We are proud to roast our own beans, and you are bound to love our low-tech brewing methods, including pour-overs and French press that bring out a variety of rich and earthy flavors. Complementing our superior coffee are pastries, desserts, and fantastic artisan ice cream from Browndog Creamery, all sourced locally. This ice cream sparks the imagination, and is produced right down the road.

Of course you can do your quick pick-up on the way to work (parking in front and back), but you are more than welcome to hang out for a while. In fact, come see our lending library – someone should enjoy these books, we certainly haven’t had the opportunity lately! We look forward to getting to know each and every one of you, as you enjoy soft seating and meeting places, a children’s area, and a performance area for local musicians and storytellers. Our mission is to satisfy your craving for the daily luxuries that refresh, awaken, and sweeten.


 
 
 

Our family in our element... The girls love their chickens, we're up to 11 now!  Look for fresh eggs at the shop.

Good thing James is handy with a hammer!

 
 

 

Our People

 

We are James and Jodie Courtney, with 2 beautiful little girls at home to keep us on our toes. We’ve always loved quaint independent coffee shops all around the world, inspiration for our entrepreneurial spirit, which we hope to encourage in our girls. We take pride in calling Milford home, we love it as we know you do. It has given us the opportunity to live in a spirit of excitement, tranquility, and quality-of-life like nowhere else.

Our head guy Daman loves Ninja Turtles, motorcycles, pizza and coffee.  He loves finding new experiences and exploring new places and taste sensations.  With a wealth of background in the food industry, he's excited to help you find new things to love, both in your morning coffee and your late day treats!  He and his wife, Jessica, love finding fun new brunch places and exploring fun breweries

James and Daman are happy to serve you coffee day in and day out, happy or grumpy. We hope to see you before the morning grind, at your mid-morning meet-up, or after dinner at your favorite Milford restaurant. Heck, we won’t tell if our ice cream IS your dinner!

 
 
 

 
 

Events at Proving Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream

 
 
 

 
 

Location

369 N. Main Street

Milford, MI 48381

 

Hours

Mon-THur 6am-9pm

FRI 6am-10pm

SaT 7am-10pm

SuN 8am-9pm