Inspiration and coffee often go hand in hand, especially for scholars. Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, experienced such, wrote an essay about a recent intersection of coffee drinking and political theory he discovered in a local coffee shop near his home.  Comment Magazine, a publication committed to ”public theology for the common good,”  published his essay in its most recent issue.

Dooyeweerd Comes to Zumi’s


By Paul Brink

I read most of Jonathan Chaplin’s Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Society at Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream, a coffee house and ice cream shop in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It offers the best coffee north of Boston, and the combination of good coffee and ice cream has been a great success: kids and parents, locals and tourists, students and seniors all can be found there. Even more appealingly, the Nepali owner, Umesh Bhuju, serves only organic, fair trade coffee. Quite simply, the place is a delight, and some day when Chaplin makes his way to Gordon College where I teach politics, I hope to take him to Zumi’s for a visit. I think he might enjoy hanging out in a place where his book has such wide application.

Here’s why: