Founded in NJ, Rook Coffee is a visionary coffee company complete with multiple coffee bars, a roastery and an online store. Established in January 2010, Rook is the brainchild of entrepreneurs and co-founders Holly Migliaccio and Shawn Kingsley, childhood friends who left their big city corporate jobs to follow their shared passion for specialty coffee. Rook’s coffee bar experience involves exceptional product and over-the-top customer service. Using the finest quality coffees from all over the world, every cup of coffee is custom made to order.
The first batch of Booskerdoo Coffee was roasted in an oven in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City. It was a specialty grade Colombia Excelso… nothing fancy about it. I had read that coffee could theoretically be roasted on a pizza pan (one of those pans with the holes in it) in an oven cranked up to 450. I also read it would get smoky. I gave it a shot.
It wasn’t that smoky… not until the very end when our entire apartment flooded with smoke. We opened all the windows and cooled the beans as quickly as the November air would allow. We laughed and coughed hysterically until the smoke cleared. Then we let the coffee rest for 24 hours (the standard time all coffee should rest before consumption). When brewed the coffee and drank it, it was the best cup of coffee we had ever had. It was fresh… that was the big difference. I obsessed over finding fresh coffee. But even in NYC, it was hard to find. I realized that serving only fresh coffee to retail and wholesale clients was a niche in the specialty food world that needed to be filled. So we said, “Screw it, let’s start a coffee roasting business… I mean, what the hell?!”
High Voltage Café
High Voltage Cafe features authentic Polish inspired cuisine, with recipes straight from the motherland. We also serve delicious coffee drinks sourced from our friends at both Mod Cup in Jersey City, NJ and Maiden Coffee Roasters in Neptune, NJ.
We strive to serve organic ingredients whenever possible and source much of our produce and other items locally. We also use 100% compostable coffee cups, lids, to-go packaging and more. Why? Because we give a damn. Our Springwood Ave. cafe features a small, organic grocery selling fresh breads, cheeses, dairy products, produce, vegetables and more.
At the Coffee Corral, we specialize in top-quality Arabica beans and fresh roast. All of our coffees are roasted on site, and when you order a pour over coffee, one of our baristas will grind the beans fresh for you upon your order. Each cup of coffee we hand to our customers is handcrafted and distinctive. With almost fifteen different Single Origin coffees, New Orleans style, Cold Brew, and organic roasts, we offer an incomparable cup to suit every taste.
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