I don’t know about you, but the smell of coffee brings me a wealth of memories. I remember waking up to the sounds of the dishwasher being emptied and the smell of a fresh pot of coffee when I was little, and it always made me happy because it meant my mom was in the kitchen. In college, the smell of coffee meant that my friends and I were about to hit the books, which meant a lot of laughter, music, and some eventual learning was about to take place!
Now that I am an adult, the smell of coffee can mean many things. It has gotten me through parenting in the newborn phase, when I realized why sleep deprivation torture works. The smell as my morning coffee starts brewing brings me hope for the day ahead! It has helped me through morning meetings after I stayed up too late working on a presentation. When people ask how I manage to do everything I squeeze into 24 hours, I usually respond “I’m highly caffeinated!” And now, as my oldest is in high school, the smell of coffee is frequently the only thing that lures her out of bed in the morning when she has to be out the door by 6:30 every day.
One of my favorite things about working at Higher Grounds is that coffee smell right when you walk in the door. It welcomes me like an old friend as I walk into a place I love. It seems right to walk in and see the tables full as our community lives their lives, gathered together around coffee. (And maybe a pastry to, because they go so nicely with our coffee!)
I have only been at Higher Grounds for 6 months so far, but it has deepened my love of coffee immensely. In the last 6 months, I have seen friends grieve together over coffee. I have seen Bible studies led around tables filled with coffee cups. I have seen bleary eyed moms stumble in together holding little ones, who play as their moms laugh over a cup of coffee. Coffee is universal, and a lot of life happens around a good cup of coffee!
If you haven’t been in yet, we’d love to have you pull up a seat and join us for a cup. Bring your friends or come in alone and watch the life in our little coffee shoppe unfold in front of you. The smell of coffee alone is worth the trip!