We are Pat and Marge McClanahan. We both have a deep passion for EXCELLENT coffee. In fact that was one of the first things that Pat asked Marge when they first met, “Do you like coffee?” Marge’s response was, “Yes, but not the weenie coffee that you find in so many restaurants”.
We started out roasting coffee in a hot air corn popper that Marge had purchased at a garage sale. It certainly produced some interesting roasts. Marge stored it under the lid of our bbq grill. One day Pat decided to preheat the grill for the burgers they were having for supper. He never bothered to check under the lid, simply turned on all three burners. Within minutes the black smoke was pouring out from under the hood and Marge’s “roaster” was a glob of melted plastic.
From there we moved up to a small counter top roaster. We could roast enough coffee to last about 2 days – it was fun, we learned a lot…BUT…we needed something bigger.
So, when we found a 3 kilo roaster on sale for an incredible price we bought it and started roasting coffee. We called our roasting
company Covenant Roasters. It has become more of a ministry for us than a business – but then what would one expect from an awesome God like ours?
In the process we also found a coffee shop that was going out of business, so we purchased all of their equipment, believing that someday we would open a coffee shop. Since then we have looked into 3 different locations. All 3 times the Lord told us to keep looking.
In July of 2011 the church Marge & Pat pastor moved into a space that had previously been a Christian coffee house. What a God thing….He had kept us from moving into one of those other locations because He knew we were going to be be in this space.
So, In February of 2012 we FINALLY, after 3 years, opened the shop. It is called Cup and a Prayer Coffee Shop – we charge for the coffee, but the prayer is always free, as much as you need. We do continue to roast, in fact all the coffee we use at Cup and a Prayer is roasted by Marge – once in a while she even let’s Pat roast some.