Finding Love in a Coffee House

There is a love found in coffee. It is not only the best drink in the world, but it also has the capability to bring people together and form conversation. Coffee is a part of my world. Not only because it wakes me up every morning (and in the middle of the day, and if I need it at night) but because I am able to bond over it with the community around me. Coffee is a worldwide commonality used to create harmony with one another.

Costa Rica is known for its amazing coffee. No joke, their coffee is the best. If you are a sweet coffee drinker, I am daring you to drink it black and your life will forever be changed. While visiting this wonderful country filled with the kindest faces, I found a new love for coffee. We were working with an orphanage just outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. Work took place on this large house in the foothills where it was often foggy and wet. Imagine walking into a house all soggy, muddy and tired from straining yourself outside and smelling Costa Rican coffee brewing in the kitchen. There was nothing like it. This family that welcomed us into their home made coffee for everyone in the house. We sat. We drank. We laughed. And we became brothers and sisters in Christ, with a family that we hardly even knew, over a cup (or two or three) of coffee. It is mind blowing.

We see relationships being built over coffee every day. I can walk into any coffee house and see old friendships being rekindled, new friendships being built, community coming together. I am big with 1-on-1 conversation and horrible with phone or texting conversations. Literally ask anyone I know, I am the worst texter in the world. However, I am the best “lets go get coffee and talk for hour” person. I have found love in a coffee house. No, I am not talking about my husband. This love is different. It is the love for people. Community. It is the love of hearing about a person’s life and connecting with them over a cup of joe. Some of my best friends were made over coffee. Not only does this dark brew allow me to live my life every day, but it connects me with people. Gods people. Just like in Costa Rica where strangers became family, here we have the opportunity to do the same.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25

Recently, I was encouraged by my pastor to pray for the people I see in every coffee house I walk into. These people that are merely foreigners to my every day walk of life. At first, I thought this was strange. Usually, if I am walking into a coffee house, I am a zombie from the walking dead due to the lack of my morning pick-me-up. But if I am supposed to be a light for Christ, why would I not walk in with my head held higher, hoping, praying, for an opportunity to spread a little joy? Being that drinking coffee is often a communal activity, then why can’t I jump into their way of life and start a conversation? The most I ever talk about Christ’s love is when I am sitting with another person in a coffee house. Some of my greatest revelations have come from others who took the time to sit with me when I needed it most, in a coffee house. Some of my most meaningful tears were shed… in a coffee house. See where I am going here?

We are called to persevere in faith. We are called to love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 states, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” We can use these places where we find ourselves so frequently to use our gifts to persevere for Christ. Having faith in the Lord that he will use us as a vessel, hoping to reach someone out in our crazy world, and loving so deep that we cannot bear to see another person not know our Lord Jesus.

Coffee drinkers drink coffee to wake themselves up, coffee house goers want to escape from the outside world and seek community. To have a commonality with others. Here is something we can all do together. If you share the love of coffee, which I hope you do, lets pray for opportunities to arise so we can share with others. Lets pray that they too find love in a coffee house.

If you just aren’t that much of a coffee person, then consider a place that you go often. Where do you find God so much that you hope that other people find him there too?

Need suggestions on what coffee places have the best places to sit a chat and, of course, the finest coffee? Here are my top 3 in San Diego.

  1. Revolution Roasters- Oceanside [great indoor and outdoor seating, yummy brew]

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  1. Lofty Coffee, Encinitas, Solana Beach & Little Italy [fantastic coffee, lots of outdoor seating]

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  1. Better Buzz, Encinitas or Point Loma [I think their coffee will always make the top of my list]


If you do not want to take my word for it, here is a link to some of the best coffee in SD.

-The Adventurer Creative Sister

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