Fil-Am-owned Panethnic Pourovers in Quincy, MA is more than just a cafe
A place where coffee meets culture? This newly opened coffee library in Quincy, Massachusetts is more than what people can expect.
Celebrating its official opening on Oct. 21, with founder and director Emily Goroza at the helm, Panethnic Pourovers is a nonprofit cafe that is deeply rooted in the values of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
With a vision of offering more than just a cup of coffee, Panethnic Pourovers provides a welcoming space for all backgrounds to gather, learn, and connect as well as cultivate a haven for cultural appreciation, unity, and education.
Goroza, a second-generation Filipino American, created Panethnic Pourovers as a safe space that celebrates the cultural diversity among the AAPI community while also extending a warm invitation to people from all walks of life.
“We provide our local community with increased access to education, resources, and art that is accessible to and reflective of underrepresented cultures and identities,” states their website, adding up to the idea of a local cultural community center in the style of a cafe library.
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The cafe offers a lending library and a community room for lectures, classes, and other educational programs. These unique offerings are in line with the cafe’s mission to empower patrons with knowledge and create a sense of belonging.
“We’ve partnered with several different Asian American-owned small businesses to source our coffee ingredients, books, and resources,” the vision statement continues.
One of them, which they work in collaboration with, is Libraries for Liberation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free books to small neighborhood libraries. The books have been thoughtfully chosen for their messages, educational value, and representations of history and various cultures.
Their next event after their grand launch? A book club for the AAPI and LGBTQIA+ community.
On Instagram, they posted the poster with a caption, “Join us for our first-ever AAPI/LGBTQIA+ book club on November 4 at 5pm. We’ll discuss our book of the month “The Magic Fish” and enjoy snacks and drinks. See you there!”
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“The first step is providing a space and fostering a community for us to learn from one another. The second being to ensure that everyone’s needs are met, and create an environment where every individual feels safe and comfortable,” the Fil-Am owner and founder says on their Kickstarter.
Panethnic Pourovers is a cultural bridge, an educational hub, and a community center all rolled into one. As Quincy welcomes this new addition to its neighborhood, the cafe library is poised to make a lasting impact, fostering community and education for everyone who walks through its doors.