"They spend time in the classroom and then a few hours each week in the coffee shop," says program manager Kevin Mohatt. "But they don't just learn how to be a barista. The idea is that they get experience interacting with customers and providing customer service, which is applicable in other jobs."
And that idea earned praise from reader Dave Shuck:
I don't drink coffee. I believe it to be the devil's cocoa because of the burnt, bitter aftertaste. However, I would frequent this place, sacrificing my principles (and taste buds) to support this one. This is just one of many examples of how to lead and co-exist within a community. Well done!
The shop is currently serving a limited menu during limited hours, but when Emily's Coffee celebrates its grand opening on October 28, the full menu and full hours -- 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday -- will be introduced, too.