One World Cafe offers the community more than just coffee
This year marks the 10th anniversary of One World Cafe serving the people
Sara Pritchett, co-owner of One World, has worked there for eight of those 10 years and said she couldn’t be happier working in a place she loves for a community she loves.
“This is the best job I’ve ever had,” Pritchett said. “Moscow is the most wonderful community, and I love being able to get to know everybody and help everybody out.”
Pritchett said she and the other baristas work hard to maintain a welcoming atmosphere at One World, for both the people of Moscow and members of the University of Idaho community. Part of this local flavor comes from the coffee itself, which is locally roasted for One World, she said.
“From the minute that it’s picked off the plant until we pour it into your cup, it’s just been handled with such care and love,” she said.
Among the many Moscow locals who visit One World for a cup of coffee, Pritchett said she sees just as many UI students who come in to study. She said she has even known of some students who relied on One World so much they noted them in their essays.
Pritchett said she thinks One World is a popular study spot because of the store’s social atmosphere. She called One World “the living room of Moscow,” and said many people become inspired by some of the things they hear from other customers when they visit.
“It’s a great place to people watch,” she said. “It’s a great place to kind of get lost and hide away upstairs. I think that the smell and kind of the background ambiance creates a creative environment.”
Pritchett said the students who come in to study work on a wide range of subjects. She also sees just as many UI faculty and staff come in to finish up on their work over coffee.
One World doesn’t just act as a place to get coffee and study though. Pritchett said One World hosts a variety of events every month, from open mic nights to showcasing local musicians. The store even hosts a drag bingo night every second Monday of the month.
Pritchett said the regular customers are the ones who truly make up the spirit of One World. She said she loves watching people connect with other customers over coffee, and more than anything she just enjoys making people’s days a little bit better by working at One World.
“I like to know people’s names,” Pritchett said. “I like to know what they’re working on and kind of a little bit a part of their lives. I think it’s almost like a family here, and it a part of their day because they come every day and they know my name and we can kind of catch up.”
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