Molten Java’s espresso machine caught fire; Music/fun benefit on May 3 will raise funds to replace it


There’s a coffee emergency, of sorts, at Molten Java in Bethel. And a fundraising event to purchase a desperately needed new espresso machine has been planned to solve the problem.

The benefit will include live music, raffles, a bake sale and children’s face painting. It’s on Sunday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Molten Java Coffeehouse. That’s at 213 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel.

Area businesses are donating merchandise and gift cards for the raffles, and local musicians will be performing on the front lawn, weather permitting. My Dad’s Truck will play from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Union Rail from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Dani Capalbo from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Also, baristas Liz Davis and Mandy Potter will sell handmade jewelry, terrariums and sewn goods, including felt-flower headbands and very cool men’s ties. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go toward the new machine.

To donate to the raffle or for more information, call employee Ashley Abbatiello at 475-238-9679, who helped organize the fundraising efforts after the old espresso machine caught fire last weekend and stopped working. She said a replacement is expected to cost about $7,000.

As coffeehouse owner Wendy Cahill posted on the shop’s Facebook page: “Well, Little Red, our trusty espresso machine, has finally decided to retire. (Yes, notice was given. Yes, I stubbornly ignored it!) So I’m giving a shout-out of thanks to the greatest baristas in the world for being able to pull beautiful shots on our temporary and TINY machine AND to the greatest customers in the world for being patient and making us laugh despite the circumstances.”

In the photo above, from July 17, 2014, Cahill is seen on the left. Others in the picture include barista Liz Davis waiting on customer Marie-Anne Gajdosik, of Bethel.

Molten Java can be reached at 203-739-0313.


Linda Tuccio-Koonz