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.
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