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Church coffee shop to donate proceeds

POSTED: December 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.

HOSCHTON — New Community Church will soon begin selling coffee for a good cause.

The church’s aptly named Community Coffee Shop opens Monday, and all proceeds will go to nonprofit charitable organizations in Jackson County.

The shop’s motto, "Drink Coffee, Help People," expresses what Chris Hoffman, the church’s pastor, hopes to accomplish with the business.

"That’s really the focus," he said. "The more coffee you buy from our coffee shop, the more people you get to help."

Some of the area organizations that will receive donations include the Amanda House, the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County and Renewed, a new women’s shelter.

"It (proceeds) will all go to the community, which is what we think makes it unique and special and another way that we can, as a church, continue to love our community," said Hoffman.

Community Coffee Shop will be Hoschton’s first nonprofit business.

Flavored coffees, lattes and cappuccinos and an assortment of pastries will be sold, according to Hoffman. "We’re basically going to try to provide the same type of coffee business that Leslie at Luna did, but with our own twist."

When Luna Coffee House, located in the in city square and owned by Leslie Jowers, closed in July, New Community purchased all of its equipment with plans to open its own coffee house.

Now that those plans are a reality, Hoffman said both Hoschton and Jackson County will benefit from every cup of joe sold.

"We can help more people all through the year," he said. "We’re a church with no-strings-attached love ... and this is one of the ways that we can do that. And we don’t expect anything in return, we just can so we do."

Community Coffee Shop may reside in a church, but anyone can stop by, order a warm drink and relax on the one of the shop’s couches or work or read at one of its tables.

"We did not want to have a ‘Christian coffee shop,’" said Hoffman. "It’s open for anybody who wants to show up, Christian, non-Christian, whatever you believe, you’re welcome to come and hang out at our coffee shop."

And when customers order a coffee, cappuccino or bagel, they might meet Patti Simpson.

Simpson, a Winder resident and member of New Community Church, will be Community Coffee Shop’s manager.

While she has never run a coffee shop before, Simpson said she’s up to the challenge. "I love coffee and I’ve always wanted to work in a coffee shop," she said.

Simpson said people can expect a friendly atmosphere and great coffee and pastries when they walk through Community’s doors. "It’s going to be great," she said.



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