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Two new coffee houses serving up good and bad


Cassie BendelFiled under: Beans, Lifestyle by Cassie Bendel

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We’re kicking off the week by featuring two new coffee shops: one that gives back from start to finish and one that’s simply bad to the last drop.

Let’s start with the Good News: A Rome, Georgia, coffeehouse is hoping area residents will flock to their doors. The Nest, located on Broad Street, will open April 1 to welcome local coffee sippers to a place that feels like home. (And in the spirit of April Fools Day, I’ll stop now with the puns.)

The Nest is the brainchild of a local church called Connect Rome. A cozy-looking place with plush furniture and exposed brickwork walls, the space was formerly reserved as a children’s area during Sunday services.

“It will definitely be a comfortable hangout,” said The Nest’s Manager Quincy Maples. “We want it to be somewhere a person can come enjoy themselves.”

The message behind the Nest is giving. The shop will donate all of its profits to local charity organizations, from those that provide needy children with food and school supplies to worldwide relief efforts that help dig wells in Africa.

Even the coffee brewed at the nest will have charitable origins: the shop plans to use beans from a Rwandan free trade coffee company called Land of 1,000 Hills. The company donates proceeds from their sales to families affected by that country’s deadly conflict in the 1990’s.

“We don’t care if it makes money,” Connect Rome’s pastor Josh Roberts said. “We just want to be able to take what money we do make and reinvest it into the community.”

If you live in the Rome area, be sure stop by and ask how you can help give back to by volunteering in the shop.

Yes, that’s really its name

Had enough good for one morning? Ok, then. Time for something simply Bad Ass. Bad Ass Coffee, that is.

A husband and wife team of entrepreneurs in Rancho Cucamonga, California, has opened a Hawaii-themed franchise coffee shop with a name that is baffling area residents. The shop is called Bad Ass Coffee Co. of Hawaii.

Even though I’m certain owners Dave and Sheryl Wagner do serve up one bad ass cup of coffee, the store really gets its name from the donkeys that used to carry coffee beans up Hawaii’s steep hillsides prior to World War II. So, the “ass” in question here is actually the so-called “Kona Nightingale”, the Hawaiian donkey.

The Wagners married in Maui in 1999 and have brought a bit of the islands into their shop with surfboards on the walls and a fake 10-foot high palm tree. It’s the kind of place you want to sit and stay awhile.

“It’s the `Aloha’ spirit,” Sheryl Wagner said. “We want them to feel like they’re part of the family.”

And in that spirit, the company also defies its “bad” moniker. The company’s corporate offices provide free coffee to soldiers stationed overseas through their “Buy a Cup O’ Joe for solider” program. Visit the company’s website to see pics and emails from soldier’s who’ve benefited. That just might be the most bad-ass thing of all.

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