WCF, KMUW and local coffee shops partner to encourage voting
Caffeine mixed with a reminder to be civically engaged. That was the original idea that Reverie Coffee Roasters Owner Andrew Gough shared with Wichita Community Foundation President and CEO Shelly Prichard during a brief chat in early October at his coffee shop.
Fast forward a few weeks and frequent local coffee drinkers are getting a reminder each time they purchase a cup of joe from one of 18 different shops around Wichita. A project funded by the WCF, Gough worked with local artist Hannah Scott to design a custom, colorful coffee cup sleeve, complete with artwork on the front and community partners' logos and a QR code for general election information provided by KMUW on the back.
In a Wichita Eagle article, Gough said "it just made sense" to pair coffee and voting together. "...elections are a fundamental purpose in our society...coffee shops seem to attract conversation and are kind of like a breeding ground for ideas and thoughts."
Show us your civic engagement in action. If you visit one of the coffee shops below, post your sleeve on social media using #ICTCoffeeVotes. (And don't forget to vote on or before November 3.)
- Birney's Snack Shop, 156 N. Cleveland Ave.
- Churn & Burn, 11414 E. Central and 548 S. Oliver
- The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas
- Ecclesia Coffee & Community, 7130 W. Maple
- Espresso to Go Go, 102 St. Francis
- Fairmount Coffee Co., 3815 E. 17th St.
- Groundhouse Market & Cafe, Wichita State University campus
- Il Primo Espresso Cafe, 6422 Central Ave. and 301 N. Main
- Kookaburra Coffee, 9414 W. Central Ave.
- Leslie Coffee Co., 930 W. Douglas
- Little Lion Cafe, 2721 E. Central
- Milkfloat, 535 W. Douglas
- Placeholder Coffee, 120 E. First St.
- R Coffee House, 1144 N. Bitting Ave.
- Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2202 E. Douglas
- Sunflower Espresso, mobile coffee truck
- Want Bierock Company & Coffee House, 2615 W. 13th St.
- Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas