"We don't do the frou-frou coffees," said Vince Meccariello, associate director of the Lexington Rescue Mission.
"It's a really unique neighborhood," said Meccariello
, a longtime resident of North Lexington himself and owner of a business services company.
"We put together a focus group of leaders from the neighborhood.
That's where this was hatched."
In October, the coffee house hosted a Motown review for a neighborhood street fair.
It will also participate in another neighborhood project, the NoLi "night market," coming up on Nov. 22.
"I don't expect to live off the profit, but it's not all about the profit," Meccariello
The coffee house has its mind more on civic engagement than on profit, Meccariello
And while he
wants to sell fresh coffee, he
doesn't mind "if at the end of the life cycle I have to give the coffee away."