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New Edmond coffeehouse is grounded in faith

Edmond residents Scott Sigler and Barry Bryant have opened Coffee Commission, a faith-inspired coffeehouse at 309 S Bryant, Suite 230, in Edmond.
by Carla Hinton Modified: April 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm •  Published: April 6, 2013

/articleid/3780046/1/pictures/2002976">Photo - People gather at Coffee Commission, a new coffeehouse at 309 S Bryant, Suite 230, in Edmond. <strong>SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS</strong>
People gather at Coffee Commission, a new coffeehouse at 309 S Bryant, Suite 230, in Edmond. SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

The coffee served is from Ends of the Earth, a small-batch specialty coffee roaster in Chandler that roasts when ordered and ships fresh. The company also buys Farmer-Direct coffee beans and supports efforts to improve the lives of children in American group homes and orphanages.

Each day until 10 a.m., a cup of coffee is $1, a bargain seen as a way to give back to the community.

A different charity is selected each month to receive a portion of the coffeehouse's proceeds. Sigler said a nonprofit organization has been set up to handle donations to the coffee shop.

Live music from local faith-inspired musicians and groups is performed at the establishment on Thursday nights.

Faith-inspired decor such as a “Window to the World” window frame art piece may be found in various areas of the coffeehouse. The window frame decor features pictures taken during mission trip efforts by the coffeehouse's baristas.

Striving for excellence

Sigler said while faith and community building are the coffeehouse's primary goals, he also wanted to make sure that the business was done right. In other words, he wanted the faith-themed business to reflect God's excellence in all ways.

To that end, he and Bryant purchased the Slayer 2.0, which is considered one of the best espresso machines on the market. He said baristas across the metro area have come to the shop just to see the machine.

“We wanted to make sure we had the best product,” he said.

Also, he said he wanted to make sure there was plenty of seating in comfortable arrangements. To that end, the coffeehouse includes a meeting room, called “The Thunder Room” in honor of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, and other seating options such as a “Friends” area patterned after the popular 1990s NBC sitcom. An outdoor patio area also is featured.

Matt Willison, 23, the coffeehouse's manager, said most customers are drawn to the establishment through the baristas who work there and word-of-mouth from other people who visit.

Willison said with free Wi-Fi and plenty of places to plug in various techno gadgets, the shop appears to appeal to students from nearby University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University as well as others in the local community.

“Really, our goal is to reach out,” he said. “We wanted this to be more of a community watering hole — a place where people can connect.”

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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