Tag archives: Christian Coffeehouses

Coffee for Life

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 30, 2012

When was the last time your doctor said, “Eat as much of your favorite food as often as you want?” To those of us whose teeth are almost permanently sweet, this is a welcome but fanciful idea.

Yet this is about what Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University(yes, “Institute for Coffee Studies” - only in America), says. His exact words: “What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can.”

So reports Lindsay Abrams in her Atlantic article, “The Case for Drinking Coffee.” The article presents a remarkable array of information about the benefits of java and concludes:

The evidence remains overwhelmingly in coffee’s favor. Yes, it was observational, but the study published in May in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at hundreds of thousands of men and women and found this bottom line result: people who drank coffee lived longer than those who didn’t. And the more they drank, the longer they lived. If you’re into that sort of thing.

As one most assuredly “into” both long life and coffee, Ms. Abrams has brought a great deal of sunshine – or, perhaps, caffeinated liveliness – to my day.

My large suburban church now has a small coffee bar in our atrium and since its inception, I’ve noticed a new spirit of love and forgiveness flowing throughout the congregation. Well … maybe that’s just my imagination.

Still, as someone who regards his morning as ill-begun without either the Bible or coffee, I find this news about the abundant benefits of the brown bean to be words of comfort and joy. Apt for this season.

For a non-comprehensive but helpful list of Christian coffeehouses across the country, click here.

Brewing Coffee, Sharing Christ

by Rob Schwarzwalder

February 23, 2012

Earlier this week, I wrote about my personal boycott of Starbucks because of its overt endorsement of a radical social agenda. For those caffeine-starved souls who have joined me and are now experiencing gargantuan headaches or, worse yet, visions of decaf (my heart goes out to you), take courage. The Christian coffee house movement is alive and well, and likely has an outpost in a neighborhood near you.

Many Christian entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the renewed coffee culture to open stores that not only serve great coffee but also share the love of Christ in sometimes subtle, sometimes overt ways. For example, at Jacob’s Well Christian Coffeehouse in Rockville, Connecticut, they have been “sharing the Good News through the Performing Arts since 1995.”

At Barnabas Christian Coffeehouse in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, their name comes from an early church leader whose name meant Son of Encouragement. As their website says, Everyone, at some point, needs to know that someone cares enough to share a burden or a joy. Encouragement, prayer, and most of all, the love of Jesus Christ, are the focal points at the Barnabas Coffeehouse.

And at the Coffee Connection in Mt. Shasta, California, their sole purpose is to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ … This is accomplished primarily through the performing arts, fellowship and various community outreach programs.

Christian coffeehouses offer live music, display art, produce plays, and provide neighborhoods with safe and friendly alternatives to venues less conducive to conversation, recreation and reflection. And, often, they provide opportunities to talk about eternal things in an unthreatening atmosphere.

No one should argue for Christians segregating themselves into isolated enclaves: We have been left in the world for a reason, and most fundamentally that is to win others to Christ. That, in turn, means engagement with those who have not yet met Him at work, in community activities, and in places of business (like coffee shops). Yet an inviting, welcoming, open place, such as that available in Christian coffeehouses, can be a great way to introduce a friend to the reality that faith in Jesus is not only not weird, but transforms lives.

There are also coffee roasters from which you can order your daily java online; a couple of them are noted below. Here is just a small sampling of what’s available; your local listings should be able to tell you what Christian coffee shops are closest to you: