Neighborhood hangout closes: 'More of a community than a coffee shop'

Neighborhood hangout closes: 'More of a community than a coffee shop'

EUGENE, Ore. - For 5 years, they've brewed coffee - and friendships - at Eugene Coffee Company.

With each latte served Friday, customers thanked the barristas for all their hard work.

The shop owner said the cost of the lease on the building has forced them to close their doors - for now.

"We're going to get a place that's even better," said Sue Harnly, "and taking everybody with us."

Baristas said they are sad to see the shop at 18th and Chambers close.

"It's more of a community than a coffee shop," said Brandie Hardman. "People come here, customers come here, know each other, we know the customers. It's like a little family and I think a lot of coffee shops miss that aspect of it."

Customers said the coffee shop has been like a second home to them.

"I enjoy coming out here almost every morning," said Scott Kramer. "I moved here a year ago and this has become my local hangout spot."

"I'm just sad these wonderful baristas and great people here who emphasize community and good local business are going to be gone," Emily Miller said.

Until she finds a new location, Harnly said she will continue teaching a barista class at South Eugene High School - and serving coffee at local events out of their mobile van.