Eugene Cho

dream job: wanna be barista & music promoter

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What would be your dream job?

Mine would – in part – encompass my current roles as “Chief Barista and Music Promoter.” Okay, maybe not my ultimate dream job since that would be playing shortstop for the Seattle Mariners but being the Executive Director of Q Cafe is one of the best parts of my job.  I love being a pastor but wearing one hat or at least working in a traditional box of what a pastor does [aka – work just in church building] would drive me insane. About six years ago, the then 40+ people of Quest took a huge step of faith and helped start Q Cafe with the hopes of blessing our larger neighborhood.  The vision of the cafe is pretty simple:

Q Cafe is non-profit neighborhood cafe in Seattle featuring direct trade espresso and tea, live music, art, and community events.

or in four words:

Be a good neighbor.

Why do I love my work at Q?  Free coffee, hang w/ the baristas, love the Advisory Board, meet neighbors, enjoy local artists and musicians, sponsor community events, and donate 10% of sales to a new local non-profit every month.

Anyway, I had the chance to swing by Q Cafe last night to enjoy a show.  I don’t get to go too often but try to check in to keep my youthfulness. Here’s a crappy video to give folks a glimpse of the show from last night:

I’ve also loved working with Jake (cafe manager) and Melissa (live music director)Check out their blogs!  Also, check these links to see them  share about their roles: here (Jake) and here (Melissa).  Here’s a pic from a recent show with the Q Cafe Triad.  Much thanks again to our Advisory Board and our volunteers.

Q Cafe Staff

** We’re always looking for local non-profits to support through our monthly 10% fund.  This month, we’re supporting Urban Impact.  If you have any suggestions, please email us at office@qcafe.org

These are some of the folks we’ve supported thus far:

World Aid
One by One
Myanmar/Burma support (through World Aid)
Northwest Family Life
Water 1st International
Argos International
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Washington State Holocaust Education Center
The Ballard Food Bank / White Center Food Bank
Northwest Harvest
Save Darfur Coalition
World Aid
Invisible Children
New Horizons
HEAL Africa
City Team Ministries
Bread for the World
Urban Impact
World Vision
Lifelong Aids Alliance

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3 Responses

  1. Sue says:

    My dream job is to travel around the world, shoot videos, and blog about it.

  2. beattieblog says:

    my dream job would be to play bass in U2. We would then play Q cafe

  3. josh hoge! tony lucca, curtis peoples, allen stone! I wanted to go on Friday so badly.. glad to see lots of people showed up anyways.

    The Q Cafe is the best, thanks for it🙂

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