Eugene Cho

your friendly cafe with a cause


It really is fun. Not always easy. But really fun to run a non-profit community place featuring a cafe, live music, art, rental space, and events. It’s been a great joy for me to serve as its Executive Director. In fact, maybe my saving grace this past year. The staff, baristas, and volunteers have made it that much more enjoyable. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to get some amazing free coffee & tea.

It’s taken us a few years and lots of ups & downs and while we still have much to learn, it’s alot of fun when you see folks in the neighborhood and city really enjoy your space.

Last night, I had a chance to swing by the Q Cafe to take a peek at one of the “local” bands I’ve enjoyed called Noah Gundersen and the Courage. Here’s couple pretty cool videos:

and this one

If you’re interested in volunteering with live music or know of a fabulous artist looking to adorn our walls with their art, contact our live music & art coordinator –

Shoot us some suggestions for Northwest artists you want us to hear in the future. Who are the ones we need to pursue and book?

And if you’re looking for rental space for whatever events including weddings [we’ve booked numerous already], shoot us an email at

Lastly, we donate 10% of our sales each month to a different local non-profit doing great work locally or globally. This month: Tusubira.  Next month: KEXP. We’d love to hear your suggestions.

Which non-profits in the Western Washington area should we put on our radar for future donations?

Here’s our official bio for Q Cafe:

Q Cafe hosts live music shows every Fridays and hosts an OPEN MIC on Tuesday nights.

We proudly serve Stumptown Coffee; support local artists and musicians through our art gallery and live music venue; host many groups through the rental of our space; host community events; help collect resources for the homeless community; and give back 10% of all cafe sales to local and global non-profit causes. In addition to great coffee and tea, Q Cafe also features free WiFi for laptop users, 2 desktop kiosks for internet [30 minutes/purchase], a new kids’ room for parents and children, countertop tables and benches for laptop user with easy access to outlets, a piano, and plenty of comfy chairs and sofas.

We are your friendly communitycafe with a cause.

For more info about the music venue, visit us at or

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5 Responses

  1. Jake Johnson says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

  2. […] your friendly cafe with a cause « eugene cho – view page – cached It really is fun. Not always easy. But really fun to run a non-profit community place featuring a cafe, live music, art, rental space, and events. — From the page […]

  3. I love this idea. I love cafes. And I really do admire all of your thoughts and causes and the way you share them so earnestly and sharply and openly. I just got wordpress recently, but I’ve been following your blog like a lurker on the advice of several friends who also appreciate your profundity.. so I thought I’d comment, finally! Thank you for the cool music (via this post), and all your other posts- your honesty & integrity. =)

    be blessed,
    – C.

  4. Jenna says:

    Want another way to support your cause? Check out, where a portion of every purchase goes directly to supporting the non-profits you love. How sweet is that? Get what you need and help make the world a better place. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

  5. stephanie says:

    I love the Q Cafe.. the building, the people, the music, the coffee (!!!!!!!) the wifi, the mission.. as I drove to the Q Cafe this week, I had to drive past the remains of the Green Bean and felt my heart breaking for those I know who see the Green Bean how I see the Q Cafe, and it made me so thankful for it.

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The Western Wall in Old City of Jerusalem (aka The Wailing Wall) - from the Second Jewish Temple.

I'm hoping to share a few stories of people that I met (Jewish, Muslims, and Christians) in the Holy Land in the days to come. One of our Palestinian tour guides said to me, "You will leave with more questions...and that's a good thing." He was absolutely right. We want everything so nicely packaged but if we're honest, it's very rare in a broken, complex world...and I can't think of too many things more complex than the situation in Israel and Palestine.

While I certainly understand and resonate with Israel and its history and its need to protect itself from harm, one can't deny the history and existence of Palestine as well. 
Is peace possible? This was the focus of my trip to the Holy learn more about the conflict and those that are working towards peace. My friend, Scott (and other pastor), Mae (our guide) and I had the privilege of going to a Jewish synagogue this past Friday. We were then hosted by a local rabbi and his family for a Shabbat meal. It was marvelous. Incredible. Illuminating. Delicious. A true honor to be invited to his home with his wife and three children. To pray, learn, share, and ask questions. 
What I loved the most was the story of how Rabbi Daniel and his wife rented a bus to take 15 of their friends to the West Bank ... to see for themselves the impact of the wall and the Israeli policies. Some of their friends had never even entered the West Bank...don't personally know a Palestinian. It's impossible to work towards peace when we don't know anyone from the other side...when we don't understand the other side.

Thank you, Rabbi Daniel. Old Jerusalem. So many stories. So much history. The synagogue in Capernaum (Galilee) where Jesus began his public ministry. He taught with authority... Pray for your pastors and teachers...that they may teach with courage, conviction, humility, and ultimately, directing people to Christ - the Word made flesh.

Speaking of, so excited to be teaching at @Quest Church tomorrow. If you're in the Seattle area, join us. A glimpse of Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." What amazes me most about this event is about...timing and patience. For Christ, it wasn't about "if" but about "when." In a world of supersonic pace,  impatience, quick results, hurry and now and NOW...Jesus waited for the Father's timing. He was patient and faithful. I need to learn that waiting on the Lord in itself isn't apathy but rather an act of faith. The town of Bethlehem and at the site of the cave (aka manger) of the birth of Christ.

One of the highlights was a class of Palestinian Muslims and Christian kids in a local public school singing a Christmas carol for us in Bethlehem...just across the Shepherd's Field. Galilee. Surreal to be at the mountainside where Jesus delivered "The Sermon on the Mount" ... aka The Beatitudes. Walking around praying for Paris, Beirut, Istanbul, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine/Israel... This verse is so particularly important in light of all the violence in the world. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

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