Kampala, meet Endiro Coffee.
Endiro Coffee, the latest (and prettiest. and best.) coffee shop to hit the streets of Kampala opened up last Monday for business. I’ve been three times in the last three days. I think I’m in love.
Of course I love a good coffee, but I really love Endiro because of the story behind it. My good friend Gloria (in above picture, on right), has had the dream of starting this coffee shop ever since I met her. She’s been a missionary in Nepal and has traveled the world, but her heart now is focused on the vulnerable children of Uganda, and she wanted to open a coffee shop as a means to support some discipleship initiatives she’s developing for child-headed families and other neglected members of society here. Which I think is GREAT. Who doesn’t love buying a latte and feeling like you’ve just done one small thing to save the world?
So not only is it a super-cool socially-conscious pay-it-forward kind of place, it’s also really yummy (see the waffles above? They’re the first ones I’ve had in Uganda!), and really peaceful (surrounded by trees and purrrty flowers), and really close to my house (a 10-minute walk!). Gloria and I are talking about how I can do some baking for them, too… next Saturday’s special might be Krista’s Cinnamon Rolls!
In my effort to support what is simply the best place in town, I’ve taken a different friend there every day – coffee with visiting TU students on Tuesday, lunch with our newest IJM intern on Friday, breakfast with my old-time friend Esther today – they have all become quick devotees to the cause. I still am not at the “I’ll just take the regular” ordering point yet, but give me another week. 🙂