Enjoy a Cup at One Eleven in HanfordJan 22, 2021 04:17PM ● By Natalie Caudle
Coffee for a CauseBy Natalie Caudle
Photos courtesy of Coffee for a Cause
December 2020 | January 2021
The relaxing vibes of peace and coffee fill the One Eleven coffeehouse, leaving patrons warm and filled when popping in for a cup of joe. A project of Koinonia Church, One Eleven began in 2016 in an effort to pour into the downtown community of Hanford. After purchasing office space on Seventh Street, Koinonia Church decided to expand its thriving campus cafe by opening a storefront. The goal was to create a space where people would gather and feel loved, resulting in a stronger community and a greater revitalization of downtown.
Leslie Martinez has managed One Eleven for four years and finds great enjoyment in her position. With 13 employees, the shop is bustling from 7am to 7pm six days a week. Martinez is passionate about creating quality products in addition to giving back to the community. “We locally source any products we can so we can support small businesses,” Martinez says. “We’re all in this together. An important part of who we are is partnering with and supporting other businesses.”
Yummy pastries and desserts come from local shops and neighborhood bakers. Dana’s Cookies, Max’s Cookie Company and Bombshell Bakes serve up tasty treats, the latter providing vegan and gluten-free options. One Eleven has partnered with Lanna Coffee Co., a Fresno roaster that offers direct trade coffee purchased straight from farmers. The practice of direct trade creates an ethically sourced product as well as specialty grade coffee. Additionally, One Eleven serves Wild Goose Coffee, a “cause” company that gives back 15 percent of proceeds to local food pantry needs in the community. Not only does One Eleven find it important to better the local neighborhood and businesses through the actions of the back office, the coffee shop seeks to shower patrons with good customer service.
Coffee drinkers of all types quickly find a favorite at One Eleven. From dark, rich roasts served both hot and cold to sweet frappes, the coffee list is full of enticing beverages. The menu changes three times a year with specialty drinks debuting each fall, winter and summer. A patron go-to during the winter months is the Cup of Cheer, a drink served warm and inspired by the holiday hints of eggnog. The skilled team of baristas carefully crafts new beverages upon each changing season with a unique style and homemade flair. Every detail is considered: syrups are made in-shop, cinnamon is made from scratch and cold beverages are shaken, not stirred. Each beverage is a work of art.
Dietary needs and preferences haven’t been forgotten; customers can find various milks (oat, almond and soy) as well as vegan selections. Sizes are available in large and small with a perfect kid option for child-sized hands. Even the tiniest tot can find a beverage of choice with creamy hot chocolate and apple juice always available.
For the tea connoisseur or non-coffee drinker, One Eleven provides an assortment of teas from the local L.T. Sue Tea Co. as well as specialty concoctions. The Great Expectations Blend combines the flavorful notes of lemon peel, raspberry and lavender into a tea that is guaranteed to refresh. A menu veteran and daring combination of chai tea and apple cider, known as The Chaider, is an edgy twist on an original that leaves your tastebuds dancing.
Old standards of hot black coffee and espresso are always available for the cafephile as well as new options. One Eleven keeps its finger on the pulse of coffee trends, offering fresh takes on java such as the nitro cold brew, a nitrogen-infused coffee packed with caffeine and a velvety flavor. Patrons quickly find a favorite, always returning to the cozy cafe.
Haley Highfill has been a regular patron since the shop opened. She often enjoys a morning stroll to One Eleven, spending time at the coffeehouse with friends or savoring a creamy iced horchata while finishing schoolwork. Highfill especially enjoys the “open and welcoming” feel. Bright colored walls and comfy leather couches aid in the hospitable atmosphere. Sunlight streams in through a wall of windows as coffee drinkers sit both inside and out, gazing onto Seventh Street, an avenue where nostalgia and modern collide.
Due to current restrictions, food and beverages are only available for curbside pickup and outdoor dining enjoyment. But customers still leave feeling valued. The motto of One Eleven is simple, yet strong. “We love coffee and we love people,” says Martinez. “It’s embedded in who we are.” Management and baristas go above and beyond to provide a welcoming atmosphere and a quality brew.
No matter the season or choice of beverage, One Eleven always has a perfect cup waiting. •
One Eleven • (559) 670-3969
111 W. 7th St. #103, Hanford