#SmallBusinessSpotlight: Great coffee with a small town vibe


Think Starbucks, but better. Grahams 318 Coffeehouse located on 318 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL was established in 2005. They pride themselves for not only their coffee but also their 318 Philosophy. Which is to make Grahams 318 a place for people to “meet, discuss life-happenings, to strum the house guitar, or to start a revolution.”


What the business does

Sell locally roasted Metropolis espresso & coffee, fresh pastries and homemade gelato, chocolate fondue, sandwiches & salads during lunchtime and homemade breads.

Business Niche

Grahams 318 can be found in the June 2015 People magazine’s article for “Best Coffee Shops in America.” There, People magazine wrote that Grahams is more than coffee itself. The article makes readers aware of not only the great coffee but also what gives the coffee house a little something more, its quaint atmosphere and their specialty gelato. People magazine wrote:

“Not a coffee drinker? This popular spot has a pastry kitchen upstairs, where bakers prepare delightful cakes, muffins, croissants and more. The real decadence? Their homemade gelato.”


What makes Grahams 318 unique

Beckie and Bob Untiedt, the owners of Grahams 318 stress in Grahams “Espresso Philosophy” found on the Grahams 318 website that great coffee comes from a line of respect. Respect beginning with the farmers and their respect for their land. Grahams in turn respects the farmers by paying fair prices for their harvest, and respects customers by taking great care in the roasting and brewing of their coffees. Additionally, Grahams supports local artists by having a different art exhibit every month and live music outside on their patio. So along with respecting and supporting a local small batch roaster, they respect and support local artists.


Customers Favorites

Regulars say the best things to get at Grahams 318 would be the Iced Coffee, any flavor of the gelato, their frozen hot chocolate, and finally their famous Fondue for Two. Beckie and Bob also own Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream down the street from Grahams 318. So they take their Grahams chocolate to the next level by creating the delicious Chocolate Fondue at Grahams 318, which has grown to be a fan favorite.

Follow Grahams on social media!

Facebook: /318Coffeehouse

Instagram: @grahamshq

Twitter: @Grahams318