Give Now

Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living

Community Spotlight: Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company

Community service and high quality coffee are the backbones of Indianapolis' Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company.

Calvin Fletcher Coffee Company

Photo: Calvin Fletcher Coffee Company (Facebook)

Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company is located in the Fletcher Place neighborhood of Indianapolis' Fountain Square area.

From The Church To The Cafe

Despite never having drunk a full cup of coffee in his life, Doug Litsey decided that opening a not-for-profit coffee shop was the best way to serve his community.

The former Nazarene minister called his shop Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company after one of the men who originally purchased the land that would become his home – Fletcher Place neighborhood in the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis.

Doug’s son and business partner Jeff explains that their primary goal for the shop has stayed the same since since it opened in September 2009.

“The idea of a coffee shop as being a community gathering place where people get connected, get to know each other, where you get to see people on a regular basis.”

Tastes Like Indiana

Superior coffee draws people to the shop from all over the city – Fletcher was voted “Best Coffee Shop” for two years running by Indianapolis’ Metromix.

They work closely with Greencastle, Indiana roaster Jameson Coffee. Jameson provides Fletcher with single origin coffee roasted just shy of darkly roasted, a style of roasting that lends itself to coffee that packs a punch in flavor.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

The financial goal of the cafe is to redirect some of the money spent on a morning cup o’ joe to deserving non-profits like Rock Steady Boxing, a non-contact boxing center for those with Parkinson’s disease.

While they haven’t had the time or (somewhat ironically) the money to pursue non-profit status, the shop does donate the tips and any profit after overhead costs are met.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Earth Eats:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Earth Eats

Search Earth Eats

Earth Eats on Twitter

Earth Eats on Flickr

Harvest Public Media