Saturday, January 31, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Mount Calvary gets into coffee business with He Brews It! Cafe

Mount Calvary Baptist Church CFO Elton Hutchison, left, and manager Valerie Duberry have helped to launch the new church run "He Brews It" coffee shop near their Enterprise Drive church in Fairfield. (Mike Greener/Daily Republic)

Mount Calvary Baptist Church CFO Elton Hutchison, left, and manager Valerie Duberry have helped to launch the new church run "He Brews It" coffee shop near their Enterprise Drive church in Fairfield. (Mike Greener/Daily Republic)

By
From page B5 | January 08, 2012 |

FAIRFIELD — Starbucks, Peet’s and the other coffee shop giants have a new rival in town — He Brews It! Cafe.

“We can compete with them,” He Brews It! Cafe manager Valerie Duberry said.

Customers can choose from all types of coffee, three types of hot chocolate, pastries, fruit smoothies and various types of sandwiches. The cafe has Wi-Fi, so customers can go online. Walls have abstract murals with such warm colors as yellows and oranges mixed with black.

“The environment is wonderful, the ambience is top-notch, the coffee is on point,” Duberry said.

But this isn’t another chain coffee store conglomerate opening a local branch. As the name suggests, He Brews It! has a different type of owner. Mount Calvary Baptist Church launched the one-of-a-kind venture.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church has locations in both Suisun City and Fairfield and has about 4,000 members. He Brews It! Cafe is located near the Fairfield church, in an adjacent building that the church leases.

He Brews It! isn’t simply a place for congregation members to drop by after Sunday worship. It is a full-fledged cafe, open to the public seven days a week.

“It is for everybody,” Duberry said.

The shop’s address is 1745 Enterprise Drive, Suite K. It is located toward the back of the parking lot, within sight of Highway 12, though there is no access from the highway.

That’s a little bit off the beaten path, so the church is trying to get the word out on its venture.

“Now we’ve just got to make sure people know we’re here and can come here to satisfy their beverage needs,” said Elton Hutchison, the church’s chief financial officer.

The vision for the cafe came from pastor Claybon Lea Jr., Hutchison said. That large building that houses the cafe also has rooms that the church can make available for meetings, as well as space for such things as a proposed gym. For now, the church subleases some of the space.

“We’re going to expand this over time,” Hutchison said.

He pointed to a room near the cafe and said it might someday be a bookstore.

Money the church earns from He Brews It! will stay in the community. The church could invest it in other businesses to create more jobs, Hutchison said.

Once the church decided to open a coffee cafe, it needed a name. Congregation members made various suggestions and He Brews It! turned out to be the winner.

Now the church wants the chance to show the public it can brew a winning cup of coffee.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or [email protected]

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 9 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • CD BrooksJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:15 am

    WOW, this is brilliant! Profits for coffee are huge and what a great idea from the church and nice for those benefitting from their kindness. This might be a good opportunity to meet for a cup and support the community! :)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The SugarJarJanuary 08, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    I'd be up for that. I like the He Brews It! Especially like the HeBrews / He Brews. Not sure if the money staying in the community because the employees live here or that the church has other good works planned for any profits. I am good with it either way.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ArtimusJanuary 08, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    LOL..Sugarjar..great play on words..Never saw it coming.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Jason KnowlesJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Morning CD. There is a place here in Rocklin called Origin Coffee that is affiliated with a local church and their profits go towards fighting sex trafficking, which is honorable. I just hope they use Fair Trade certified coffee so that the coffee farmers from whom they buy get a fair price.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • vDuberryJanuary 11, 2012 - 7:33 am

    Thank you for your inquiry. We use the Java City's "Proudly Brewing" Line as our distributor; they are located in Sacramento and Yes! We do serve Coffees and Teas that are Fair Trade Certified.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Good morning Jason. That is a good suggestion and frankly, one I hadn't thought of. On the surface, it appears to be a good thing.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MarciJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:54 am

    Morning, CD. Capitalism rocks!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Good Morning Marci! Yes it does, and in this case even more so! :)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The SugarJarJanuary 09, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    I checked out the cafe on the way to work this morning. A treat for myself after the dentist! Really off beat location, the manager is lovely and the cafe is spacious with a lot more seating than I expected. I'd suggest that posters (and readers) check it out. It would be a nice meet up location. Whether any non chain coffee house can survive as less people have "spare" income is debatable--but it would be nice to give the small locals a fighting chance. Plus the cool name.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Solano County confirms 1st local case of measles

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: A1

     
    SPCA begins caring for more than 100 rescued dogs

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

     
     
    Top workers, top students – and succulent crab

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Armijo students savor catered Fuddruckers lunch

    By Susan Hiland And Susan Winlow | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Life sentence in 2011 execution-style killing

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

    Partial Fairfield freeway road closure starts Monday

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
    DUI patrols set for Super Bowl Sunday

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

    Fairfield police log: Jan. 29, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    Suisun City police log: Jan. 29, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

    Another trip to Texas reminds me how lucky I am

    By Murray Bass | From Page: B10

     
    .

    US / World

    Man charged in California family’s deaths will be own lawyer

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Stanford University to get $50 million to produce vaccines

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    Yosemite park fee hikes coming in March

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    San Francisco coroner says human remains are from 1 man

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    PG&E releases thousands of emails with state regulators

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Judge expresses doubt about constitutionality of no-fly list

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Murder trial begins 35 years after 6-year-old vanished in NY

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s casket

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    New lottery tickets come with a side of bacon – scent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Opinion

     
    GOP should plan for post-Obamacare world

    By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A8

    Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Solano College news makes me sick

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

    .

    Living

    Today in History: Jan. 31, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

     
    My recently widowed mother is already thinking about re-marrying

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

    Five ways 3D-printed food will change the way we eat

    By The Washington Post | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Entertainment

    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Shakira gives birth to 2nd baby with Spanish football star

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    List: 10 Super Bowl ads you’ll be talking about

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    .

    Sports

    LeBron returns, Love, Irving team for 44, as Cavs top Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Mustangs ride away from Indian’s home court with 66-60 victory

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Hayward, Utah Jazz upset Golden State Warriors 110-100

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Laird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Seau, Warner, Pace first-time Hall eligibles

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach fifth Australian Open final

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    N.H. Speedway general manager faces lewdness charge

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Kings’ Cousins to replace Kobe Bryant in All-Star game

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has brain disorder

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Ko takes lead at LPGA opener, closes in on golf history

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Carroll says decision is Sherman’s if baby arrives early

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    NFL’s Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    This date in sports history for Jan. 31, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Business

    US consumer confidence at highest level in a decade

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Companies steering clear of Super Bowl name

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    .

    Obituaries

    Anthony Neal Hunley

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Frank Z. Perez

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Joe Lambert Robinson

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Otilia (Tela) Quinn

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Danica Gojkovich Ryder

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    WillIiam “Bill” Hunter

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Garry A. Britton

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Anneliese Edith (Luckner) Fraser

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Home Seller 1/31/2015

    Quirky add-ons a common feature of celebrity homes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

    5 ways to make a kitchen more germ-free

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3

    Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 percent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3

    Real estate transactions for Jan. 31, 2015

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3