Alma coffee shop gives all profit to charity – Times Record

Awaken Coffee has opened in Alma as a coffee shop with a mission to give back to the community. 
What started as a small coffee stand inside Beyond Church has expanded to the new, larger spot. The idea began through discussions in the church to bring their coffee to the larger community and gather more money for charity.
Originally, it was $1 a drink with the money donated to Outreach in Alma. Now 10% of all sales go to Outreach and 100% of their profits.
Outreach is a charity organization in Alma that supplies food, clothing and emergency assistance for those in need in the community. 
“We just wanted to remove some of the financial limitations of the church,” Maranda Zolliecoffer, leader of Awaken said.
Along with giving to Outreach, they want to expand their donations. Currently, Awaken is also looking to feed students at Mountainburg Schools. 
“If there’s a need our heart will meet it,” Zolliecoffer said. 
Expansion from the church began last year in October. With their own small shop in the church, they were serving upwards of 80 drinks per Sunday. 
The first opened on Aug. 31, and Zollicoffer said that the response from the community has been amazing. Alma does not have a coffee shop in town. Four years ago, there was a shop called Jitters, but since that has closed down the city has not had a place to buy barista-made coffee. 
“We expected a good turnout, but it has been far and above more than we initially planned,” Zolliecoffer said.
The shop sits between Beyond church’s main building and their youth center. Before, these buildings were divided, but Awaken was built connecting it all into one big building. 
“We wanted to be a full-on coffee shop,” Zolliecoffer said. “We do french presses, pour overs, and drinks like lattes and mochas.”
Awaken also serves sandwiches and paninis for lunch.
“This is just step one,” Zolliecoffer said. “We want to go as far as possible and partner with as many communities as we can.”
Awaken Coffee is located at 4510 US-71 in Alma and is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Ty Thompson is the Crawford County reporter at the Press Argus-Courier. He can be reached at [email protected]