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Nonprofit coffeehouse brews up good works

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Patrons visiting The Lookout Coffee & Community will find a variety of beverages including espresso (above), while also contributing to local good causes. Photo by Collette Orquiz

Java and philanthropy are on the menu at The Lookout Coffee & Community, where a cup of joe is served with a helping of conscience.

Java and philanthropy are on the menu at The Lookout Coffee & Community, where a cup of joe is served with a helping of conscience.

“Everybody is going to go get their coffee and do that anyway, but now your purchase is actually going towards serving the common good of the community in various ways,” said Reese Henry, senior pastor of Hope Arise United Methodist Church, which is affiliated with the coffeehouse.

The coffeehouse opened in August at 26108 Overlook Parkway, Suite 2000.

With a portion of proceeds benefiting local charities, the shop also strives to “share the perfect cup of coffee,” according to its website.

“We want to be able to do whatever kind of good we feel like doing,” Henry said.

The enterprise has partnered with Believers Buyers Group, a Christian nonprofit, which buys kids’ unsold animals from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, plus Provisions, a local food pantry.

Manager Jessica Ecke is the only paid employee at the shop. More than 30 volunteers rotate to make up the remaining staff.

“I knew people were generous with their time, but I didn’t know how generous people would be. It surprised me a little bit,” Henry said.

Helpers range from home-schoolers and retirees to first-time nonviolent offenders needing community-service hours.

Gruene Coffee Haus supplies the beans for beverages including espresso, brewed and blended coffee. Also served are hot chocolate and tea. Pastries originate with The Bread Box; kombucha from Element Kombucha; and tacos from a nearby taqueria. Other eats include toast, sandwiches and salads.

The store features an area for children and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Find this EAT Local at www.localcommunitynews.com.“Everybody is going to go get their coffee and do that anyway, but now your purchase is actually going towards serving the common good of the community in various ways,” said Reese Henry, senior pastor of Hope Arise United Methodist Church, which is affiliated with the coffeehouse.

The coffeehouse opened in August at 26108 Overlook Parkway, Suite 2000.

With a portion of proceeds benefiting local charities, the shop also strives to “share the perfect cup of coffee,” according to its website.

“We want to be able to do whatever kind of good we feel like doing,” Henry said.

The enterprise has partnered with Believers Buyers Group, a Christian nonprofit, which buys kids’ unsold animals from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, plus Provisions, a local food pantry.

Manager Jessica Ecke is the only paid employee at the shop. More than 30 volunteers rotate to make up the remaining staff.

“I knew people were generous with their time, but I didn’t know how generous people would be. It surprised me a little bit,” Henry said.

Helpers range from home-schoolers and retirees to first-time nonviolent offenders needing community-service hours.

Gruene Coffee Haus supplies the beans for beverages including espresso, brewed and blended coffee. Also served are hot chocolate and tea. Pastries originate with The Bread Box; kombucha from Element Kombucha; and tacos from a nearby taqueria. Other eats include toast, sandwiches and salads.

The store features an area for children and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.


THE LOOKOUT COFFEE & COMMUNITY

26108 Overlook Parkway, Suite 2000

For more, call 210-899-1025 or visit lookoutcoffeesa.com or facebook.com/lookoutcoffeesa

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