Coffee for a cause

. March 29, 2013.

We Serve. Coffee is not just a place to partake of paninis, salads and specialty coffees. It’s also where one can do good while eating well.

All of the shop’s profits are donated to local and global needs, most recently the City Mission of Findlay. Started by Greg and Cynthia Arnette as a way to give back, it is staffed by volunteers from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, who also helped with the demolition and renovation of the space at 114 E. Sandusky St.

In addition to donating profits, We Serve.Coffee offers farm-direct, organic and sustainable coffee and tea. The napkins are made with 100 percent recycled materials, the stir sticks are reusable and the receipts can either be texted or emailed, saving paper. In-house coffee is served in handmade mugs by Findlay artist Dave Charles. All to-go orders are packed in recycled/recyclable containers, and those ordering drinks to-go are encourage to fill reusable travel mugs in order to save the earth one drink at a time.

What We Serve. Coffee doesn’t save on, however, is taste — both in food and décor. The brightly lit downtown breakfast and lunch spot features exposed ductwork, a brick accent wall and bright colors that add a “cool” factor. Want to watch the world go by? Two window cubbies feature comfy armchairs and an electronic fireplace.
Food choices include five different paninis, three varieties of salads, smoothies, coffees and Italian sodas, soup of the day and desserts. A kids’ menu features favorites of grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly ($3.99). Lunch can be either a half or full Panini or salad ($3.99/half or $6.99/full) or combine a half panini, half salad and cup of soup for $6.99.

The teen and tween ordered the full California (featuring turkey breast) and Luau (featuring sliced ham) paninis, and enjoyed them. In retrospect, the portion was large enough that a half would have been enough for each. My husband had the full breakfast Panini featuring egg, cheese and bacon — along with a cup of soup and salad — while I had the veggie with roasted red peppers, tomatoes and spinach. Desserts we sampled included homemade buckeye candy and cake pops.

Next time you get a hankering for soup, sandwiches or salads, try We Serve. Coffee. It’s more than just coffee. It’s coffee — and lunch — for a cause. If you fall in love with both the restaurant and its mission, you can also volunteer to help serve. The store is also interested in hearing from local artists who wish to display their work.

Email a store manager at

We Serve.Coffee
114. E. Sandusky St.
Open Monday thru Friday: 7am-2pm
Weekends: 9am-3pm



Kid-friendly: Yes

To avoid wait: Call ahead for a to-go order or avoid the downtown lunch rush

Bathroom amenities: Changing tables in women’s restroom

High Chairs: Yes

Got Milk: Not on the menu but juices, hot and iced chocolate and smoothies are offered

Anything healthy for the kids?: Salads

Food allergy concerns?: As always, ask