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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One of my goals in life (aka bucket list). Visit 100 global cities, soak in some of their museums, learn their stories, meet local folks, visit local churches, and hear stories of how God is at work there. Let's fully welcome refugees. Remember, refugees aren't terrorists...they're the ones fleeing away from violence, war, and terrorism. 
Afraid? Me too. It's ok to acknowledge we're afraid since it confirms we're all...just...human. We're all afraid on some level especially when our culture seems to run on the currency of fear but as we live out our faith in Christ and more deeply embody compassion and love, fear begins to dissipate. It's also incredibly critical to know that agencies are implementing some of the most rigorous and thorough vetting ever. 
My family hosted a Somalian Muslim family from a refugee camp years ago through @WorldRelief. It was eye opening, challenging (especially with language realities), and yet, encouraging...and we hope to host families again in the future as they resettle in a completely new and foreign city and country. It's a terrifying experience. And while not a refugee, I remember the first few months as an immigrant when I was six years old. To this day, I remember the kindness of folks that helped us through that transition. Lift a prayer for me as I'm privileged to collaborate in ministry here in Melbourne, Australia. Meeting with local pastors, teaching at the Justice Conference (10/21-22). Then, preaching at the Bridge Church on Sunday  Pray that in preaching the whole Gospel from the Scriptures, I may honor God, point people to Jesus, and be sensitive to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Interesting. The holy bench. Wow. And in a blink of an eye, this happened. The nights might be long but the years go by fast. #ParentProverbs #WhatHappenedToMy13YearOldSon This past week, @seattlequest celebrated its 15th Anniversary. In many ways, it feels like forever and in other ways, it just seemed like we just started yesterday.

Around May 2000, Minhee and I found out we were expecting a 2nd child. Then, we got another surprise. We felt a calling and stirring to plant a church. We told God, "This is horrible timing!" We left a thriving ministry that we started in the Seattle surburbs and felt compelled to move into the city to plant a new multiethnic church called Quest. To be honest, we were so scared. Minhee was pregnant. Our insurance was about to run out. But we ventured forth. Once I resigned from this church, I had plans, goals, strategies...and none of them materialized. Only bills and payments. I quickly found out that a Masters of Divinity degree - as cool as it may sound - is actually useless in society. No one wanted to hire me. I was unemployed for months. We were eventually on food stamps and DSHS insurance.

In December 2000, we welcomed our 2nd child to the world. When "T" was born, we cried more than the baby. Couple days later, I finally landed a job as the janitor at a Barnes & Noble store. It wasn't quite what I was envisioning but God really worked through this "valley season." And we finally felt peace about starting Quest. Seven people gathered in our living room and several months later on October 2001, Quest Church was officially launched. 
It has not been easy. We've been hurt and worse, we learned we hurt people. More accurately, I hurt people. We've heard our share of criticisms and sometimes, even worse. I've been called my share of names. Too many to list. I've been too liberal, too conservative, too edgy, too rigid, too blunt, too passive. We spent many nights crying out to the Lord...for direction, for peace, for answers. We usually never got the answers we were wanting...but we always felt His presence - even during our valleys. To be honest, we still have many restless nights. In fact, I think we have had more restless nights these past two years than we did in the first two years. 
But through it all. God has been so faithful and gracious. Thank you, Lord.

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  • Let's fully welcome refugees. Remember, refugees aren't terrorists...they're fleeing from violence, war, terrorism:…… || 2 days ago
  • Lift a prayer for me as I preach in Melbourne, Australia. That I may honor God, point to Jesus, be sensitive to HS: || 2 days ago
  • Political inclinations aside, you discover much about a person in defeat. Finish well. This is leadership, too. || 3 days ago



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