; Jo’s Coffee House enjoys coffee life so far Grand opening event Sept. 21 with much to enjoy

Jordan Gerard

Jo’s Coffee House has been open for exactly four weeks and Spring Grove is still enjoying fresh coffee.

While we brought photos to you then, here is the full story on how the coffee shop came to life, thanks to energetic business owners, a supportive Economic Development Authority (EDA) and a town thirsty for another establishment.

“Business has been steady. It’s a great learning opportunity for us,” manager Jayme Longmire said. “We haven’t been slammed all day every day, but it’s a good start to ease into it.”

Jo’s Coffee House is open Monday through Fridays at 6 a.m. for the early birds and then closes at 5 p.m., for those who need a boost after work. On Saturdays, they’re open at 7 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.

In addition to drip coffee from UP Coffee Roasters, the coffee house also custom makes every drink including lattes, frappucinos, americanos, mochas and yes, pumpkin spice lattes. 

“It can take us a couple of minutes to do that for each order. We want to be efficient as possible,” Longmire said. “If you have a large order, you can call the store and talk to me and we can have it ready.”

Large orders can be placed about 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. Longmire said waiting for coffee is generally part of the experience at a coffee house and people give themselves extra time to get a treat in the mornings. New customers and repeat customers have been lining up steadily for their daily coffee fix.

In addition to UP Coffee Roasters, Jo’s Coffee House will also feature local roasters like Impact Coffee from Decorah, Iowa, and Carlson Roasting Co. from Houston, Minnesota. They also want to add Babinski Heart Rock Coffee from Caledonia to the list. 

Most of the coffee roasters listed above can also be found on Red’s IGA shelves next door. If customers wish to purchase a bag, they can hop next door, purchase it and then Jo’s Coffee House will grind it for them. 

Longmire added it’s best to grind it each time before you brew it. Freshly ground beans make fresher coffee. 

Also greeting customers in the morning is a display case of bakery goods including scones, cookies, cupcakes, bagels, muffins, macaroons, pie and more pastries from Red’s IGA deli. 

Longmire said they hope to expand their breakfast menu over the next few months, but still need to work out how to keep the food fresh and warm for customers and not use previously cooked and frozen items. 

Items could include breakfast sandwiches or tacos, but the coffee house will not offer a full service breakfast. 

In addition to coffee in the mornings, Jo’s Coffee House has also hosted musicians. Spring Grove’s own Elena Myrah has performed several times since the opening of the shop. Future music events include a bluegrass musician from Texas, Eric Tessmer, on Sept. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

At these events, the coffee house offers a selection of wine and beer. 

Longmire said they still plan to add a patio on the backside of the store where people can enjoy the outdoor environment. It will also serve as a place to sit when Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ food trailer is there. 

As for employees who help Longmire, those include Makena Speltz, Alisha Solum and Julianna Lile right now.

EDA support

Jo’s Coffee House worked with the Spring Grove EDA to make their small business work.

“They’re supportive and encouraging. They want you to be successful,” Longmire said. “They were just as excited as we are about it.”

Her husband and owner of Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ, Patrick, agreed.

“It was simple and easy,” he added. “We talked to a lot of people about working with them. You can apply and they hook you up.”

Besides loans and funding help, the EDA also offers classes on business tactics, such as using social media. 

Longmire said she recently attended a class about social media and learned more knowledge about how to use it for business. 

Grand opening, future events

The official grand opening event will be held this Saturday, Sept. 21, at the coffee house, starting bright and early at 7 a.m.

There will be free samples of coffee, coffee 101 learning sessions and then wine and beer happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

Fat Pat’s will serve a chicken dinner starting at 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will support the Habitat for Humanity house in town.

Elena Myrah will be performing from 5 to 7 p.m. that night. 

Watch their Facebook page for daily promos and contests and a chance at discounts.

For Uffda Fest, the coffee house will be open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. 

Patrick and Red will do a rib cook-off in the parking lot that day. The public is welcome to come and taste the ribs and vote for their favorite at 3:30 p.m.

There will also be a musician from 4 to 6 p.m.

Longmire added that she hopes to schedule a wine tasting event in November. The coffee house is also available to rent for private parties or events. Catering can be scheduled for the event.

Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook/joscoffeehousemn for the latest events and updates.