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Local coffee shop utilizes chemistry professor

September 11, 2015

Miranda Jones - The Courier

Just over two months from its opening on July 1, The Press coffee shop, located at 226 South Main St., has gained a great reputation both locally and within the student community at Monmouth College.

Bethany Morath owns and runs The Press with the help of her husband Robert. She says that as well as providing a good cup of coffee, she also wishes to provide somewhere students can get a few hours escape from the college, and a means by which students can integrate into their new town.

The Press’ relaxed atmosphere offers students a great place to get some homework done; for professors, somewhere to meet with colleagues or grade papers. Or, as Bethany adds, it is somewhere else in the city to simply come and hang out.

Miranda Jones - The Courier

The Press is passionate about making great coffee, whatever your personal preference; Americano, latte or mocha. Morath sees variation as part of the fun, giving her an opportunity to “create throughout the day.” If you are not an avid coffee drinker though, do not fear, The Press also offers a great range of teas and cold beverages.

Prior to opening, Bethany learned of the Monmouth College Coffee Project, a state-recognised wholesale coffee roaster headed by Professor Brad Sturgeon. The Coffee Project now provides The Press with its dark, medium, and light roast Bolivian coffee beans, which are roasted at the college by students under the guidance of Professor Sturgeon.

Miranda Jones - The Courier

Passionate about coffee himself, Professor Sturgeon believes that by gaining an understanding of the science behind coffee, the project can ultimately “provide a better product.” It also allows the students involved in the project to refine their laboratory skills.

Morath describes the working relationship between The Press and Monmouth College’s Coffee Project as “wonderful,” and one which she is keen to maintain.
The Press has provided coffee, tea and other refreshments at events hosted by Monmouth’s Fusion Theatre, located adjacent to the shop. The most recent of these was the theatre’s Jane Austen Event, held in August.

Miranda Jones - The Courier

Morath is active in sourcing local musicians to play live music sessions at The Press and invites anyone from the college who may be interested in playing to drop by the shop and talk to her, or leave a message on The Press’s Facebook page. The spacious atmosphere and great acoustics make The Press a perfect venue for acoustic sessions.

The Press is open 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They offer student discounts with a Monmouth College ID, as well as loyalty cards.

Matt Robinson
Contributing Writer

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