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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)

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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 beberling@dailyrepublic.net.

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.
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  • 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! :)

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  • 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.

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  • ArtimusJanuary 08, 2012 - 8:49 pm

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • MarciJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:54 am

    Morning, CD. Capitalism rocks!

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 08, 2012 - 10:57 am

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

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  • 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.

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