How one local coffee shop is incorporating education in each cup

An East African refugee, shown here, is the first refugee hired by Mad Priest Coffee, a new coffee roaster which seeks to offer opportunities for others.
photo Michael Rice stands in his Mad Priest Coffee shop just before its opening last year. He seeks to use the shop to educate people about the countries of origin of their coffee beans.

photo Michael Rice uses a translator app to ask an East African refugee employee a question while speaking about his company Mad Priest Coffee, which seeks to support refugees as well as the countries that support the coffee industry.

Since opening at the end of last year next to Koch's Bakery on Broad Street, Mad Priest Coffee Roasters has brewed up more than just coffee. The local small-batch coffee roasting company also aims to percolate cultural education and diversity in the local community.