For the people, by the student.
A dream of an on-site, student run coffee shop, years in the making by Food & Finance High School’s co-founders’, Roger Turgeon and the late Richard Murphy finds itself realized in its 2018 senior class.
Opening today as a week long pop-up, Murphy’s Beans n’ Dreams is the result of an Internship 101 project, spearheaded by teacher Eliza Loehr along with some industry mentors. Along with completing an external internship, the students decided to “put what we want to work,” said publicist, Nia Hyacinthe.
With the high school being the only culinary public high school in New York and many of its students travelling over an hour to attend the school, the city has proven to be a major inspiration, she says, “Living in New York, really did inspire us – there’s Starbucks and how it runs its business to all the many coffee shops around. “
Coffee for the student run café is provided and donated by Joe Coffee – founded in New York City and operating also in Philadelphia- with lessons on coffee brewing, milk steaming and customer care being provided.
“They get coffee from all over the world. Everyone likes their coffee different and with them coming in it really has helped prepare us, to work with coffee and our customer,” said Hyacinthe.
While Hyacinthe isn’t a big coffee drinker herself, she’s an avid tea drinker, she admits experiencing coffee at Joe Coffee opened her eyes to what coffee can taste like. With an Instagram account promoting the coffee shop, flyers covering school walls, family and friends spreading the news to the public the old fashion way, Murphy’s Beans ‘n Dreams is alive.
“It was important for us to leave a stamp, to go out with a bang,” said Hyacinthe.
For coffee shop hours and updates follow its Instagram feed here.