In the corner of the Baptist Student Ministry, which is on the corner of Sugar Road and Schunior Street, there is a window that serves as a new, strange little coffee house.
There, David Cardoza and a group of volunteers sell coffee, smoothies, desserts and bubble tea at the Global Coffee House to raise money for student mission trips.
And they do it without setting any prices.
The initiative, started this semester, operates on a donation model and allows patrons to choose how much to pay for what they receive.
“Many people believed students were not going to give much,” BSM Director Robert Rueda said. “However, our experience taught us that students are generous and donate towards the cause of sending students worldwide to serve others.”
The volunteers at the coffee house estimate that they receive $2 on average for every item, enough to cover their expenses and make a profit. Rueda said many patrons compare the coffee to some of the Valley coffee houses.
The money helps BSM students travel to more than 20 countries where they do do charity work, according to Rueda. Money from similar initiatives helped BSM students providing medical clinics in countries in Asia and Africa and working with orphans in Russia and Venezuela.
The Global Coffee House is open Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Thursday 12:30 to 3 p.m. and is located in the BSM, across the street from the Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex.