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Cup of Job Cafe serves coffee, cakes and supports the community

By meerna Jul11,2024
Cup of Job Cafe serves coffee, cakes and supports the community

A newly opened, nonprofit Jacksonville coffee shop with the motto “Search. Serve. Drink…” is on a mission to serve the community with more than just a freshly roasted cup of coffee and homemade baked goods.

The grand opening of Cup of Job took place Sunday at 934 Edgewood Ave. S., right next to the Murray Hill Theater in the heart of the business district.

The small, cozy cafe occupies a storefront that once housed Vagabond Coffee Co., which closed Dec. 23 after nine years. Cup of Job is across the street from Vagabond Roastery, one of its coffee suppliers.

The Murray Hill location is Cup of Job’s second brick-and-mortar coffee shop. The first opened five years ago in Jacksonville Beach. Cup of Job also has a mobile coffee truck called Job on the Go.

Cup of Job is part of Lifework Leadership First Coast, a nondenominational, faith-based leadership development program based in Ponte Vedra Beach

“Search. Serve. Drink.” is the cafe’s motto and guiding philosophy.

“It’s about seeking Jesus, serving others one sip at a time. And that’s the heart of the cafe,” Tammie McClafferty, CEO of Lifework Leadership First Coast, told the Times-Union. “I don’t want to be a drive-thru. I want you to come in and feel the love from the coffee and the people.”

Lifework is a nondenominational organization and partners with more than 150 churches and at least 60 nonprofits, McClafferty said, noting that its motto is “transforming leaders to transform the city.”

“We take business leaders and professionals and give them eight months of training on how to bring their faith into the workplace,” she said. “So it goes from what’s legally permissible to what’s tactfully appropriate. … We’re now the largest faith-based networking system in the city,” McClafferty said, adding that Lifework helped launch the Northeast Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce.

She added that once participants complete the Lifework course, they will be required to choose an activity in the city that will provide them with something of value.

Lifework took it a step further, opening its first Cup of Job café five years ago at 119 First Ave. N. Jacksonville Beach.

Cup of Job Menu Highlights

Everything is made to order. Cup of Job offers freshly roasted coffee and espresso, as well as frappes, cold brew, teas and fruit smoothies.

The main blend of coffee offered in the shop is Beach Blend from Condaxis Coffee and Tea of ​​Jacksonville, which previously supplied Cup of Job with its first espresso machine.

In honor of Vagabond Coffee and its many contributions to the Murray Hill community, the cafe is also offering one of Vagabond’s blends.

“Our small cup is called ‘blessed,’ our medium is ‘stressed,’ and our large is ‘pray for me,’” she said of the coffee sizes, which range from 12 to 20 ounces.

Lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos cost $4.50, $5 or $5.50. Cold brews cost $4 to $5.50; Cuban coffee is $3.50 for a 3-ounce cup and espresso is $3 for a 3-ounce cup, according to the menu board. Frappes and smoothies cost $5 for a 12-ounce cup to $5.50 for a 16-ounce cup and $6 for a 20-ounce cup. Hot chocolate costs $3 to $4 depending on the size chosen.

The Murray Hill store also has its own specialty drink, the Murricane, which is non-alcoholic.

“We have a blended and shaken Murricane, which is like a smoothie. It’s lime, passion fruit and orange. It’s very tropical and very delicious,” she said.

Cup of Job also serves muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies, frittatas, avocado toast, bagels and bagel sandwiches, and also offers a build-your-own-sandwich option. Customer favorites:

  • Frittata ($4)
  • Avocado Toast ($6)
  • Avocado and Egg Toast ($6.50)
  • Bagel with Cream Cheese ($3.50)
  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel ($5.50)
  • Build Your Own Sandwich ($6) with your choice of breads, meats, cheeses and veggies

She said they bake their own pastries, but Village Bread specializes in bagels and other types of bread.

McClafferty said the Cup of Job will remain open and serve as a food and beverage outlet for the Murray Hill Theatre when there is a concert or other special event there each month.

The cafe reflects the Holy Scripture

The name of the cafe and its philosophy refer to a passage from the Bible from the Book of Job 22:21: “Submit to God and be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you.”

Each of the three Cup of Job companies has partnered with other local nonprofits to provide job training and placement programs to help homeless people, victims of human trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation, or refugees who have relocated to the city.

Murray Hill Coffee Shop partners with Rethreaded, Hadassah’s Hope, and Girls of Virtue to help women who have been victims of human trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation.

“Our goal is to hire these women to work here,” McClafferty said.

In Jacksonville Beach, a coffee shop works with the homeless in partnership with Beaches Rescue Recovery Mission. The Cup of Job coffee truck works with Beyond90, which serves refugees and immigrants, McClafferty said.

“We found that the biggest problem for refugees is transportation. They don’t have a driver’s license, so they can’t get to work. Well, in a mobile truck we can hire them, pick them up, they work at the event and then we take them home,” she said.

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Cup of Job in Murray Hill has about 35 seats inside and a few tables outside in the courtyard.

The café is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The café is closed on Mondays.

Teresa Stepzinski is a food reporter for the Times-Union. Follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, @TeresaStepz or contact her by email at [email protected].

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