Back when we were just getting off the ground meeting in the theater at Union Station, we had a dream we decided to circle in prayer. It seemed ridiculous, but sometimes those crazy prayers have a way of working their way into our spirits. We had the dream of converting a former crack house into a coffeehouse.
One block from Union Station, the property had an asking price of one million dollars. At the time, our attendance and budget were nowhere near enough to reach that amount. We were a church. Churches don’t build coffeehouses, and we had zero experience in the coffee business.
Long before this nuisance property had fallen into decline it was a little café that served train travelers visiting the nation’s capital. Six years after we began praying we miraculously got the property even though we had been outbid by four other potential buyers.
Opening in 2006, Ebenezers Coffeehouse® is the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill and serves "coffee with a cause". This means our profits go to local and international missions projects. Although we may not serve traditional butter and eggs like Ernestine Reuter -- the old diner’s founder in 1908 -- we do offer a great cup of Fair Trade coffee.
Learn more at Ebenezers Coffeehouse®.