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Queen Bee Coffee Company Serves the Local Community and Beyond

By Pamela Sosnowski

Alicia Hodges' entrepreneurial career started in July 2012 when she sold her first bag of coffee at the Courthouse Square Market in McDonough, Georgia. Less than a year and a half later, Hodges and her husband opened their own coffee shop, Queen Bee Coffee Company, in a renovated 1920s historical property in downtown McDonough where they serve beverages, baked goods, and of course, freshly brewed coffee with a smile.

"We like to think of coming to our shop as similar to visiting your grandma's where people are excited to see you and catch up on your life," Hodges said. "It's cozy, and there's always something good baking in the kitchen."

The Hodges originally founded their coffee shop as an alternative to a corporate career and to teach their children that they could do and be whatever they dreamed. But the couple also saw it as a way of serving the local community that has been paying them back with their devotion and positive online reviews. The cafe is very family friendly, with a beckoning porch for customers to sip an iced latte out of the sun, outdoor seating under a giant tree, and children's events such as the story time Disney party take place every summer.

"We want every patron to feel like a friend," Hodges said. "We encourage community and relationship in everything we do. Our goal each day is to serve the thirsty. Some only want a cup of coffee; others need a kind word, a new friend, someone that knows them by name."

Of course, the menu is a big draw for new and established customers alike. The secret to Queen Bee's exceptional coffee is the small batch drum roaster that roasts each variety of coffee bean for a period of time that's been tested and approved just for that specific bean. While perfecting their method, the staff was known to throw away batches of roasted coffee that didn't come out just right. Hodges is also quite proud of her Victoria Arduena Leva espresso machine, which she calls the gem of our shop.

The cafe's selection of baked goods changes daily; on any given day one may find freshly made treats such as cookies, cupcakes, whoopee pies, macarons, brownies, and more which are a hit with customers. Saturday morning's menu mixes it up a bit with breakfast items including made-to-order waffles.

"Customers enjoy our 'bigger than your face chocolate chip cookies,' fresh baked muffins, and cannolis," Hodges said. "We make our shells and cream from scratch. It's hard to find a good cannoli in the south so we were determined to add those to our case."

While Queen Bee Coffee Company is heavily involved with engaging the local community, the Hodges have also made it their mission to give back on a more global scale. For every pound of coffee they sell, the Hodges donate a dollar to the Central American countries their coffee hails from to help fund clean water projects in those countries.

"Water is essential to making coffee," Hodges said. "We can't fathom even a morning without coffee and yet there are those (ironically in coffee growing regions) who go days without water. For the past three years, we have worked with Frontline Missions to establish water needs in communities in Honduras."

Queen Bee Coffee Company is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. To see their menu and learn more about their coffee and upcoming events, visit

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