Mad Priest coffee brings international flavor, support and events to Chattanooga

Michael Rice, owner of Mad Priest Coffee and Mad Priest Events, poses for a photo at Mad Priest Coffee Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mad Priest Events allows Chattanoogans to immerse in the different cultural experiences from rituals to traditional cuisines.

A cup of joe and some cultural insight is a business model Michael Rice thinks Chattanoogans need.

When the Georgia native moved to Chattanooga in 2015, he and his wife were excited about living in a smaller city with less traffic that was close to the mountains. It seemed like a perfect fit for them to open a coffee shop, but Rice said there was one thing missing from their new home.

"We quickly found out Chattanooga was a cultural vacuum," he said, describing the coffee industry in the city as being filled with mostly white owners and baristas, including himself.

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