Great Coffee and Community Spirit at Julie’s Cup of Joe
by Marcia Simon, APR
It’s been just over one year since Julie and Joe Campbell opened Julie’s Cup of Joe, on Route 1 in Westbrook, Connecticut.
In addition to hot, iced, cold brew and nitro brew coffee, the shop sells fresh donuts, muffins and pastries from local favorite Beach Donuts in Clinton, plus bagels from Cohen’s in Madison and breakfast sandwiches from Singing Bridge Deli in Westbrook. You’ll find coffee by the pound, t-shirts, hoodies and locally-crafted mugs, plates, greeting cards and more.
Beyond the attentive service of this family owned and operated coffee shop, Julie’s Cup of Joe maintains the same community spirit Julie and Joe have felt as residents – Julie as a school paraprofessional for children with special needs, and Joe as a Westbrook Middle and High School sports coach and supporter of local Unified Sports programs. When their children grew up and left the nest, Julie and Joe wanted to start a business together.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if we could open a coffee shop and work with people who had disabilities at the same time,” Julie wondered. Julie’s Cup of Joe opened with a commitment to serve the best coffee in town and employ individuals with disabilities. The shop is also a work study assessment site for school districts and organizations including Vista and SARAH.
Julie’s Cup of Joe sells stainless steel straws and tumblers, coffee grounds are donated locally for compost, and customers who bring their own cup are charged only for a small beverage.
Follow “juliescupofjoe” on Facebook and Instagram, and stop in at 1283 Boston Post Road in Westbrook. Hours: Mon-Fri 6 am – 3 pm, Sat and Sun 7 am – 2 pm. Free Wi-Fi.