A Servant of Man, Community, and Faith: How Former NFL Center went from Serving his Quarterback, to Serving Specialty Coffee

A Servant of Man, Community, and Faith: How Former NFL Center went from Serving his Quarterback, to Serving Specialty Coffee

For most professional football players, football is life. Sunday is their favorite day of the week. Working out is their favorite hobby. And a porterhouse steak is their favorite meal. 

But for Cory Withrow—an 11-year career backup center that made a living out of literally serving one man, his quarterback—he wanted something else.

108-Year-Old Hawaiian Coffee Roaster Finds Café Home in Bonita, CA

108-Year-Old Hawaiian Coffee Roaster Finds Café Home in Bonita, CA

Bonita, California: population: 12, 538. They’ve got horses, ranches, orchards, and a few million-dollar homes. Coffee is not exactly this small town’s forte.

Except for this one shop. Tightly squeezed between one of San Diego’s best fish taco joints, TJ Oyster Bar, and a Thai restaurant, you will find Pavaraga Coffee.

From Bikes to Brews: How a Former Pro Cyclist Left it all Behind to Run a Coffee Shop

From Bikes to Brews: How a Former Pro Cyclist Left it all Behind to Run a Coffee Shop

Community, coffee, cycling. In that order too.

That’s how Donny Carroll, longtime owner of Donny’s Café in Bonita, CA always wanted it. Walk in for the first time and he’ll remember your name within the three minutes that your drink is delivered to you. And maybe, if you’re nice, he’ll remember it for life.