Local coffeehouse gives money back to counseling

A cup of coffee at Coffeehouse Five isn’t just a cup of coffee. 

Each purchase made at Coffeehouse Five — a local, nonprofit and “for benefit” coffee shop in Greenwood — puts money towards providing free marriage and addiction counseling. All of its profits, beyond overhead costs, are invested in five initiatives that support local families. 

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Coffeehouse Five is located at 323 Market Placa in Greenwood, Indiana. The Peters family opened the shop as a way to tie in worship, drinking coffee and giving back to the community in a single space. Photo by Matt Thomas.

In fact, that’s how Coffeehouse Five got its name — from the five initiatives it has for building stronger marriages and families through counseling services: 

  1. Preparation (premarital counseling)
  2. Counseling (marriage counseling)
  3. Recover (addiction recovery programs)
  4. Training (training couples to mentor other couples in developing
    stronger marriages and families)
  5. Support (10 percent of proceeds are directed to other organizations serving the community, organization changes monthly) 

The shop was opened as a joint venture for the Peters family: husband and wife Brian and Michelle Peters, and their daughter, Amanda Peters. Creating the menu, designing the café space and creating the mission statement were projects shared equally among them. 

“There were a lot of dinners where we sat and figured things out,” Amanda Peters said. 

The idea for the shop was simple: Tie worship, giving back to the community and drinking coffee into a single space. 

At its Greenwood location, tables and couches fill the front cafe, and a church sits in the back for Sunday worship hours. Aside from owning and helping operate the shop, Brian Peters is also the lead pastor. He provides the counseling services free of charge. 

“I’m always excited when someone comes in for coffee and discovers that we provide free marriage and addictions counseling and then takes advantage of our services,” Brian Peters said. “It’s gratifying to see our vision of serving the community become a reality.” 

Brian’s daughter, Amanda Peters, works as the marketing manager, does all the baking and can be found behind the counter working every day as a barista. 

She said the seating at the coffee bar she works at sometimes turns into the atmosphere of an actual bar, with people talking and chatting about their lives. 

“Coffee creates a community in itself,” Amanda Peters said. “People talk to me all the time. Sometimes it’s someone sitting there telling me about their problems, and I’ll say, ‘I’m not equipped to help you but I know someone who can.’ But I think there’s a benefit to just being heard and having someone who will listen.” 

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Visitors have a variety of drinks and sandwiches to choose from when they walk into Coffeehouse Five. The coffeeshop’s big-selling food item are the homemadecinnamonrolls, which are served on Fridays and Saturdays. Photo by Matt Thomas.

A big-selling food item at Coffeehouse Five are the homemade cinnamon rolls she makes, which are served on Fridays and Saturdays until they sell out before 9 a.m. The rolls are often paired with their most popular and signature drink, a maple carmella latte. It’s not too sweet and has a hint of maple — just enough without overpowering the coffee. 

“We’re coffee snobs,” she said. “We love coffee and good coffee. Really good coffee.” 

They also recently debuted an expanded sandwich menu with a few gourmet grilled cheese options, including a broken yolk sandwich with Havarti cheese, chives, bacon, grilled sourdough and an over-easy egg that oozes when taking the first bite. 

Amanda Peters said she sees a variety of faces while working at Coffeehouse Five — Christian-minded people doing bible studies, people who aren’t tied to the church and people just looking for a place to sit down while in town. 

“With the advent of Starbucks, everyone has their coffee addiction,” Amanda Peters said. “People drink coffee every day. It’s an expected thing in our culture every day. So why not make that coffee count?” 

Coffeehouse Five is located at 323 Market Plaza in Greenwood, Indiana, about a 20-minute drive from campus. The coffeehouse is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is open for worship at 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Find the menu and more information on www.coffeehousefive.com. 

About Ashley Shuler 1251 Articles
Ashley Shuler is the news editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and eating as many boneless wings as possible.

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