The Common Cup

Serving the Student Community

We come together serving you a great coffee and a space to gather. From a hello at the register to enjoying a hand crafted beverage, we hope The Common Cup will feel like a home away from home.

Whether you are stopping in briefly or settling in to study for hours, we're glad you're here.

Who We Are

Are you a parent of a student? Or do you have a friend in need of a pick me up gift? We now allow eGift Cards to be purchased to help you care for your students and friends from afar. This is all done through Square Register and is emailed immediately upon purchase.

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Crafting Great Experiences

Our mission is to create an excellent experience for each customer and we believe you deserve our best. While each item we serve has been prepared with care and patience, the ingredients play a major role in the final product.

We source our ingredients from local businesses providing high quality coffee, tea, and milk.

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Art on Display: Christian Rasmussen

If you were to ask me “what is your favorite artistic medium to work in” – for example, what you see in this collection – photo collage, pastel, or watercolor, I’d have to say “the seasons.” Or more accurately, whatever helps to convey the amazing message of, and the beauty of, change that runs through all our lives, when we pay attention.

For example, the photo collages were inspired by how amazingly different a thing can look – a tree, a moment, a day, an experience, or a personal trial – depending on when, and from what angle you look at it. The “big picture” – in those collages and our lives – are made up of a whole cluster of individual moments in time. It is up to the artist to take each moment – warm or cold, with sun or rain – and make something meaningful and beautiful out of it. And like the old “Earth, Wind and Fire” song says “...and when there ain’t no beauty, you gotta make some beauty…”

In addition to the supportive and loving people that stepped forward in my life, the creative process is what helped me get through my recent cancer experience. We all have the creative potential to make our life a masterpiece. We can relax into the obvious truth of change. We can look at life and each day as a creative challenge and make the creative adaptations in ourselves that can define our lives as a thing of beauty. We can study the lives of the people who inspire us in how they did it. I have always been inspired by the Greek philosopher Heraclites, who put it this way: “You want to be more creative? Here’s how to be more creative: Pay attention to what is going on around you and inside of you and respond to what you see.”

-Christian Rasmussen

This show is up through August 24th as a memorial to Christian, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. If you have interest in purchasing any of his artwork, you may contact the family at

Christian's Obituary

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Ann Arbor, MI 48104