Who is the Mad Priest?
In the incredible novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Edmond Dantès was ready to give up and die in prison. Just then, the "Mad Priest" came on the scene and gave him a reason to hope again, along with the practical skills he needed to win at life. So the Mad Priest is a fictional character that embodies the fight for justice, freedom, and opportunity. And as a company, we are striving to do just that. Instead of wrongly-accused fictional Frenchmen, we champion real-life people displaced by war, disaster, and tragedy. We are righteously indignant about the horrors of the current unprecedented global refugee crisis, and want to do our part to make a difference.
Where is Mad Priest Coffee available?
Our coffee is available from our website, and at our two retail locations: our Espresso Bar in Southside (1900 Broad Street) and at The Mad Priest, our all-day cafe & bar downtown (719 Cherry Street). Other places you can find it are cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores in Chattanooga like Syrup and Eggs, Bluegrass Grill, Clumpies, Earthfare, Be-Caffeinated, High Grounds, Naughty Cat Cafe, and many more in the city as well as other cities in the Southeast. We started as a wholesale coffee roaster and that remains the heart of our business, so our relationships with our partner cafes, restaurants, businesses, and churches are our first priority! For more info on becoming a wholesale partner, check out our wholesale page or email Michael McCreery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do you roast and ship online orders?
Our production roast days are Tuesdays and Thursday. All orders received by Tuesday will be roasted Tuesday and shipped Wednesday, and all orders received by Thursday will be roasted Thursday and shipped Friday. All web orders are shipped via USPS. While you’re shopping on our website, keep in mind that all orders over $50 ship for free, and all our subscription plans are 10% off the retail price!
What does it mean to be a refugee?
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Refugees literally do not have a choice whether they leave their homes or not. Many times they have minutes to grab a few belongings and flee for their lives, often having to leave family members behind.
And if you'd like to learn more about the extremely in-depth, grueling process (normally it takes a few years) that refugees have to go through to get to the US, check out the International Rescue Committee (IRC) website.
Why do you care so much about refugees and immigrants?
We believe in saying “welcome” in every language, to anyone that comes to the US as a refugee or immigrant. Welcoming is not just a lifesaving humanitarian gesture for refugees at a time when more people worldwide are uprooted by war and crisis than ever before. Refugees and immigrants also greatly enrich our economy and continue to make America great, as they have for hundreds of years since the first immigrants came across the ocean from Europe.
And really, coffee is an immigrant here in the United States, after all. How would each of us be able to follow our dreams (or work that 9-5 and pay the bills) if it wasn’t for the beautiful elixir that Kaldi, the goat herder, discovered in Ethiopia centuries ago? Coffee was born in Western Ethiopia, made a treacherous journey through the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, and finally reached American shores. And we are forever grateful that it ended up here!
To learn more about our company, events, awards, and more, check out this press on Mad Priest:
Cityscope Magazine / Fall 2016 / Common Ground
Chatter Magazine / November 2016 / How New Local Roaster Is Hoping to Offer Opportunity and Education in a Cup
Times Free Press / March 2017 / How One Local Coffee Shop Is Incorporating Education in Each Cup
Nooga.com / April 2017 / Mad Priest Events Aims to Bring the World to Chattanooga
Daily Coffee News / April 2017 / Mad Priest Empowering Refugees While Building Quality in Chattanooga
Fresh Cup Magazine / July 2017 / For Profits for Refugees
Times Free Press / November 2018 / Mad Priest Opens New Coffee & Cocktail Bar
Chattanooga Pulse / November 2018 / Meet the Mad Priest of Coffee
Daily Coffee News / March 2019 / Old World Meets New at Mad Priest's Coffee and Cocktails
Times Free Press / June 2019 / Mad Priest Brews up Success
Bridge Refugee Services / September 2019 / Couple founds Chattanooga Coffee Business with Refugees in Mind
Know Your Grinder / October 2019 / Noteworthy Roasteries and Their Tools of the Trade
Channel 9 / January 2017 / Mad Priest Makes Coffee and Connects Refugees
The Company Lab / July 2017 / Getting Started: Michael Rice with Mad Priest Coffee
WTCI & Greater Chattanooga / July 2017 / One Family: A Chattanooga Refugee Story (Super cool feature!)
Channel 9 / November 2018 / The Mad Priest Coffee and Cocktails on Cherry Street