So, in true open-source, community-building style, he's looking at a nonintuitive solution to the problem--buying the facility by raising money through the sale of ten dollar gift cards for five bucks. The upside: It solves the problem with the landlord, gives the group a way to finance the build-out, and helps distribute caffeine to needy college students throughout Michigan. The downside: it takes a lot of $5 sales to build a cafe.
Now, if it were me, I'd be all over this like white on rice--can't get enough bang for my caffeine buck! Hell, I spend more than five bucks on hot chocolate alone every time I walk into a Starbuck's--that paragon of bland, soulless corporate consumerism. Sadly, however, I don't live anywhere near Kalamazoo, Michigan.
However, I suspect some of you do, or know folks who do. And this is no idle project, folks; these guys are willing to bust ass to make this happen.
(Lots more cool vids like that here.)