Meet the coffee and wine bar, Tipsy Bean. Shortly after I began working at Ambrose Furniture Works we started working on Tipsy Bean and although we didn’t have much square footage to work with I could clearly see the project was not lacking in creativity and giving hearts. Yezbel and Patrick Garcia, owners of Tipsy Bean had a vision for how the they would give back to Young Life and the Brazos Valley community long before construction ever started.
When asked about how to showcase God’s love in interior design, the answer would not be clear to most besides the basic cross illustrations hanging throughout a space. But in reality there are ingenious ways to represent the love of Christ through photographs, intimate seating and the mood of a space - all driven to encourage conversation and cultivate relationships. The story of the Tipsy Bean is a testimony to unexpected blessings, proof of the power of prayer, and God’s unwavering faithfulness.
In 1992 near Jinotega, Nicaragua a new young life program, La Finca, was in the making. Once development was underway, coffee beans were discovered to be growing on the property. It was this revelation that sparked the formation of the 41 & Change Coffee Company. In their own words, “Truth be told, we "stumbled" upon growing Nicaragua's finest coffee. Back in the late 1990's we purchased a piece of land near Jinotega, Nicaragua, to develop a Vida Joven (Young Life) camp. We found coffee plants growing on the property, so we harvested a little coffee, cupped it, and realized what an extraordinary product our land could produce. Little by little we began to plant more coffee and now have 30 acres under development.” A percentage of all 41 & Change coffee sales at Tipsy Bean go back to La Finca to help fund the children of Nicaragua a camp stay and allow them an opportunity to form personal relationships with Jesus.
Meanwhile in America, a family of six felt God’s call to relocate to College Station, Texas in hopes of finding better success with their business, LTI Trade International. Upon the realization of excess square footage in their new office space, the Garcia’s wanted a way to give to those bettering God’s kingdom. With the families' connection to Young Life through Patrick's brother, Gerald, they decided to open a coffee and wine bar called Tipsy Bean where they would sale 41 & Change Coffee.
Yezbel and Patrick’s design inspiration originated with a look of reclaimed industrialization. Josh and I paired their ideas with a modern spin by including progressive lighting fixtures, recycled magazine wallpaper, unique art, and varied application of materials with reclaimed gray barn wood around the bar and on the ceiling in the front entryway. In the nook under the staircase we built a custom sofa with a unique art piece made just for Tipsy Bean by local artist Michael Darin. It was made to be inconspicuous at first sight, much like God’s plan for the Tipsy Bean. It was not at first obvious why the Garcia’s had to move to College Station, but then soon thereafter they had not one, but two thriving businesses. The art piece is proof that God’s plan is not obvious at first sight, but as time progresses it becomes increasingly clear. In the mezzanine Josh and I set out to create a relaxing space that showcased photos of the Young Life Camp and coffee bean cultivation in Nicaragua. The overarching theme of the bar became an idea of new life and unexpected beauty because of the reuse of old materials throughout. From the reclaimed barn wood to the custom sofa, to the picture on the walls, even the walls themselves, they all have a story and together create the place known as Tipsy Bean.