Aaron Metthe got some interesting reactions when he decided to turn his hobby of coffee making into a business.
“We really wanted to be a neighborhood coffee shop, a community coffee shop,” Metthe said.
He dreamed of a place that cared more about its customers’ needs as people than their money as consumers. In 2017, that dream became reality when he opened Salt City Coffee in Syracuse with his wife.
“It’s the first cafe I’ve ever worked in where the owners are invested in community members as such, as opposed to profit,” said Kae Bonaguro, a barista at Salt City. “We have this sort of dual vision of we take our coffee craft very seriously. But what gets us up in the morning is being part of the neighborhood and really thinking about how we can be a force for good.”