STORY AND SOIL COFFEE, 387 CAPITOL AVENUE, HARTFORD, CT

Story and Soil Coffee is a celebration of the Hartford community, locally sourced food, and most importantly, delicious coffee. Photographer Sarah McCoy and her husband, Michael, a former teacher, saw the need for a community coffee shop in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. There they found two newly renovated storefronts in a building that had been untouched for nearly a decade. Sarah was then introduced to Michael Acosta ’13, who shared the McCoys’ goal of impacting the community. Owned and operated by the McCoys and Acosta, the shop keeps “local” in mind. They buy their coffee from nearby specialty roasters and purchase pastries from First & Last Bakery in the South End. While the shop’s interior holds only nine seats, it helps to establish a cozy atmosphere where people can sit shoulder to shoulder and talk over coffee. And as Acosta said, “Coffee has the opportunity to do a lot of good. Hartford has a lot of positive momentum.”

PHOTO: HELDER MIRA