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November 18, 2009 at 5:00 PM

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Street Bean Espresso, new nonprofit coffee shop in Belltown, hosts reception Wednesday evening

Posted by Melissa Allison

street bean exterior 3.jpgStreet Bean Espresso opened at Third Avenue and Cedar Street in Belltown earlier this month but has its grand opening today, including a reception from 5 p.m. (that's right now) until 7 p.m. for local artist Jen Grabarczyk.

Street Bean is a nonprofit that "provides job training and employment for young adults working to exit street life." It's part of New Horizons Ministries, an interdenominational Christian ministry that's been in Seattle since 1978.

Each employee gets four weeks of on-site barista training and can work at Street Bean for up to two years, helping them earn money and establish a work history.

"Steady employment is key in getting off the streets," Linda Ruthruff, Street Bean's executive director, said in a release. "But we knew we needed to provide more than just a job. Young people need a community to replace their community on the street, and a place to discover a new identity apart from the street."

It's in the same building as Kroll Map Co., whose owner, John Loacker, is giving the cafe free rent for a year. Architects, designers and contractors donated time to build out the space, and a local carpenter and a Street Bean employee built the cafe's tables. Suppliers provided discounts on furnishings and equipment, and donors contributed more than $225,000 to the business.

Street Bean's coffee is from Caffe Lusso in Redmond. It offers free WiFi and a private meeting room that can be reserved by local businesses and organizations at no charge. It's open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be open on weekends soon.

(Photo courtesy of Street Bean Espresso.)

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