More than Coffee for a Cause
Ballwin, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Any morning you drive by, it’s business as usual at More than Coffee, the tiny drive-thru coffee shop in Ballwin. Owner, Sam Malek, a devote Christian, is making a difference in his community, “one cup at a time.” Sam teaches workers with mental and physical disabilities, the skills they need for future employment.
Sam has overcome his own share of adversities, being born with cerebral palsy and overcoming 31 operations. He started “More Than Coffee” in 2003, and his creation is still going strong. Since first opening, Sam has successfully helped close to 80 physically and mentally challenged individuals obtain gainful employment in the community.
The shop now also serves homemade bakery items baked fresh every day. Some of the favorites are the cinnamon coffee cake, gooey butter cake, peach cobbler, and all kinds of cookies. They also serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches, chicken and noodles and many other items. They also handle lunch catering, and even if you can’t make it in or happen to live out of town, you can still order Sam’s Famous coffee in bulk through the website. It’s made especially for him by a local St. Louis coffee grinder.
More Than Coffee also contributes to a variety of charities with its proceeds; to date Sam has helped more than 40 local charities with his coffee based ministry.
Due to his failing health, the Extreme St. Louis Charitable Foundation recently raised enough money to take over the day to day operations, so Sam could still manage the shop but slow down. Eventually, due to health issues he will have to step down but for now, Sam is simply thrilled to know that his dream and all his good work will live on.
Watch Sam’s Story: //www.hectv.org/watch/impact/may-2016/23355/coffee-for-a-cause/
More Than Coffee
14240 Manchester Rd.
Ballwin, MO 63011