Redemptive living can be found in your morning cup of joe. For Randy Hardman and Andrew Eberhart, Drinklings isn’t just a business. It’s a way of expressing God’s grace in their lives. The two coffee addicts with dozens of mugs in their cupboards officially started Drinklings in October to blend their passions—coffee, mugs and social justice.
Like their namesakes, the Inklings, Randy and Andrew use creativity, imagination and humor as a way to convey messages about life, reality, friendship and community. Drinklings started because they wanted to focus on issues that they had dealt with in their lives in order to open up productive conversations.
When you purchase a Drinklings mug or bag of coffee, you’re supporting a specific human rights issue, such as addiction or crisis pregnancy.
“Sometimes it takes the messy and uncomfortable to bring up the conversation that we’re all messed up and in need of grace,” Andrew said. “We want to have conversations about things that we’re passionate about.”
Every six to eight weeks, Randy and Andrew shift the conversation to focus on a specific issue, but allow for long-term support as well. Until December 31, one dollar from every mug purchased from Drinklings supports Avenues for Women, a non-partisan crisis pregnancy center in Frankfort, Ky. After the campaign ends, individuals can continue to support this ministry as long as they drink LIFE coffee.
“The coffee is more of a vehicle to get somewhere and to start conversations over cups of coffee,” Randy said.
By using coffee as a catalyst, they hope to reframe the current dialogues, bringing together all who support life, whether Republican, agnostic, Democrat, evangelical or atheist.
“The Church has done a poor job of educating us on why it traditionally and historically has been pro-life,” Randy said. “I’m not pro-life because the Bible tells me so, because the Bible doesn’t specifically say that, but the general theme of redemption is life.”
Randy and Andrew roast the coffee themselves, choosing a blend that represents each issue. LIFE coffee is a medium-dark, Honduran, Siguatepeque blend. Caffeine Addict is jolty, and Wilmore is a medley of sweetness.