In the words of Taletha Egleston, member at large:
"I walked into Abbracci for the first time on my third day living on the West Coast. The week before I had driven 2,000 miles to a place where I knew absolutely no one. Not only did I immediately meet a plethora of community members sipping their coffee, but I met Ricky Holmes.
On the first glance, Ricky is a wonderfully creative and loving individual. Upon a second glance, one realizes that Ricky is engaged very directly in service work with all of his customers, beyond his coffee service. While Ricky doesn’t officially work as a case manager, he inadvertently fills this role in his café in the most natural form of friendship. Asking after family members or checking in with customers is more than common. Cost is never something to dissuade a guest and Ricky makes that clear; promoting the customer visit in and of itself over payment. When an out of town traveler visits Ricky’s shop, they find some really great coffee and a barista who will make them whatever they want, and possibly a history lesson about our area.
On top of the Abbracci physical space, Abbracci has provided coffee (free of charge) for many community events, most notably Peninsula Poverty Response’s (PPR’s) Community Forum in September and Project Community Connect, an event which served 196 people. Ricky has provided an amazing amount of support for community events and community members, offering free coffee for individuals who lost their homes to fire in November and for our coasties who missed paychecks earlier this year. Abbracci has also partnered with Pacific County Immigrant Support to donate a portion of certain drinks to their cause.
In less than a year, Ricky has created his café to be a hub of community conversation, whether they are around art, politics, or most importantly poverty and homelessness in Pacific County. Abbracci is a welcoming space for all members of our community, whether new, retired, struggling, or lonely. If I put out an advertisement for the Abbracci Coffee Bar, it would say “Come enjoy a delicious Americano along with meaningful friendship, conversation, and community.”