This Coffee Shop is More than a Place to Get Your Caffeine Fix

It’s no surprise the enticing scent of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air at The Empty Cup; it is a coffee shop, after all. But with the goal of assisting families during their adoption journey, 
this coffee shop is more than just a place to get your caffeine fix.

Located off of Executive Park Drive in what was once a bank, The Empty Cup has a hodgepodge of tables, chairs and couches spread throughout the ample space, with plenty of room to gather with friends, enjoy a latte solo or work. 

As director for the Adoption Foundation of Tennessee, Empty Cup operator Coby Eldridge was organizing expos and fundraisers by selling coffee beans, clothing, jewelry and books. The thought of running a coffee shop had never occurred to her. The lightbulb moment came during a conversation with a Murfreesboro coffee bean company.

“Our roaster, Just Love Coffee, said, ‘you could raise so much money if you could just brew it,'” Coby says. “I thought that was hilarious. Who has time to open up a coffee shop?”

But once Coby brought up the idea to colleagues and friends, they rallied around the concept. It took approximately four years from concept to opening day, Leap Day 2016, to open The Empty Cup. 

The menu contains a number of delicious items, including coffee, tea, soda, cereal and scones. When asked what the most popular item is, Coby says, “It’s a toss-up between the chai tea latte and our ‘just coffee.’ We have people come up to the bar and say ‘I want just coffee.’”

Families can use the space at The Empty Cup to host fundraisers for their adoption and can apply for adoption grants through the Adoption Foundation of Tennessee. An assortment of goods is available in the marketplace, from coffee beans and journals to mugs and jewelry. 

The Empty Cup does more than just brew great coffee: they’ve curated a community gathering place that gives back with more than just caffeine. With plenty of space, ample parking and a cause worth supporting, The Empty Cup is a great place to actively be a part of the community while contributing to a worthy cause.