Monday, December 24, 2018

Axium Coffee

I went to Axium Coffee (146 W. Plant St Winter Garden, FL 34787) to sketch and sip. This used to be a place that artist Larry Lauria like to hang out and sketch. After leaving Full Sail University, I was shocked to find out that Larry had died. I came to his old haunt to sketch in his honor. I was also working on a book about sketching in cafes so I was exploring all the best local cafes to try their best coffee and soak up their ambiance as I sketched.

Axium Coffee was founded in 2005.  They envisioned a gathering place for the community.  It is not just about the coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, and desserts, but also about coming together around a cause.  It is a place about giving instead of taking, about helping those in need: locally, nationally and internationally. Here guests are not just numbers, but people with stories to tell.  They wanted to find a way to tangibly touch the lives of people in need: orphans, human trafficking victims, the poverty-stricken, those without potable water, while creating a place that unites the local community.  So, they decided to give all the profit away in hopes of changing the world…one cup of coffee at a time.

The name was born out of this dream. Axium is a city in Ethiopia.  In Axum, there are 45,000 people.  The is no fresh water, inadequate medical care, 1000 orphans on the streets and 1000 beggars who are old, blind or physically impaired in some way.  Most people walk over 5 miles each day to collect water from a reservoir that then needs to be boiled to be relatively safe.  Over the next 10 years, with the right funding and committed people they can bring fresh water to the city, enhance medical care, sponsor orphans back into homes of relatives or friends and help care for the old, the poor, and the blind.  The hope is to bring total transformation to the city and the impact could be felt for generations to come.  Hopefully in 10 years this will be this cafĂ©’s story. The goal is to change lives one city at a time!

I didn’t know about Axium’s mission s I sketched, but I am happy that choosing to sketch there helped their mission in a small way.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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