Coffee shop entrepreneur David Beck listens and offers wisdom with story telling capturing an inspiration that will open your heart and mind. If you want to hang out with friends or sit silently and enjoy one of HeBrews great steamed Americano’s, Beck’s hope for everyone who comes through the door, “I want to make a good cup of coffee, bless people, and do God’s will.”
He said with a great smile, “I want to share this story with you. I was sitting at one of the tables reading a devotional quietly in between customers. A customer came in and while I was serving them a regular who had begun to make the coffee shop their own for a couple of months leaned over and started reading my devotion (eaves-reading). When I returned they asked, ‘What does atonement mean?’ We spent a couple of hours talking about it and they got to hear about God’s plan. That’s God’s economics at work and that makes this a blessing space.”
When asked about the name of the shop David said, “I brought my home group down here and shared with them, ‘I believe God wants me to start a coffee shop here.’ Pray with me over this and please write down anything God puts on your heart.” He chuckled and said shaking his head at how this whole story has unfolded for him these past few years, “So one of the women in our group called and said that she was led to the book of Hebrews and then to the address 118 W. Main. Hebrews 11: 8 says, 'It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.'" It has become a key verse for them because it connects their story with the Biblical story and of how they ended up in Emmett and in the coffee business.
David is from a broken home and was reared by foster parents who were trusted friends of his mother. She would send him to them when things got tough. The foster family's home and life became a refuge for him. David shared, “They were a great family. When I lived with them on and off as a child I got to walk my foster dad to work. He was blind. He needed me in the store and showed me everything I could do to help.” He shook his head again in wonder, “I really had a great time learning from him. You know, it dawned on me just a few years ago that his store was a coffee shop!” David believes he has received his inheritance with HeBrews and is grateful to be part of God’s blessing to Emmett and the Treasure Valley. David’s focus on customer service is clear and succinct, “We want to serve.”
David retires tomorrow from a long career as an optometric technician to focus full time on HeBrews and making great pastries (and perhaps work more with their wonderful way cool donut machine). It appears David Beck is also going to continue to help people see better; envisioning themselves with an image of a greater love to guide them toward unprecedented joy.
Dr. Tom Lobaugh