They sling with the best of them at A Common Ground, giving you cups that are as black as oil or of a more mocha tint. You can get it in Americano style, hot as hell, or whipped in a blender with ice and milk. Maybe the secret lies in the beans—they use Annapolis’ Caffé Pronto roasts. Or maybe it’s something beyond the coffee itself. Maybe it’s the atmosphere: Located in a bow-front rowhouse on the Avenue in Hampden, A Common Ground captures the essence of the rough college-town coffeehouse shop, where you’re just as likely to sit next to someone studying as someone socializing, while overhead something new to the ears comes piping out of the stereo. Or maybe it’s all the stuff you can get to go with your coffee: rolls, muffins, tasty sandwiches, breakfast munchies, and fruit smoothies. Maybe it’s the back porch, where you can celebrate the fresh morning air by sucking on a cigarette. After all, even a great cup of coffee is just another cup of coffee without all of these things.