From Our Editors
Pat and Marge McClanahan have always been coffee lovers; it was one of the mutual interests that they discovered on their first date. After they got married, they began experimenting with roasting their own beans. From an inauspicious start in an air corn popper, they eventually began their own company, Covenant Roasters, to help pay for their seminary school.
They didn’t stop there, though. When the church they lead, Common Ground Worship Center, moved into what used to be a Christian coffee shop, they felt it was fate: they had finally found a space for the café they’d long dreamed of founding. Today, they serve lattes, hot and cold-pressed coffee, and blended drinks in the space, which they’ve dubbed Cup and a Prayer. The beans they brew are still roasted by Marge herself in small batches several times a week, resulting in coffees that are more nuanced and complex than many cookie-cutter brews. Alongside the café's libations, patrons can also peruse made-from-scratch pastries that include inside-out cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodle muffins.