Judee’s Coffee Shop in God’s Storehouse
The aroma of espresso beans and baked pumpkin bread line my nose as I walk into Judee’s Coffee Shop, order a bakery item and a local honey latte. The white tiles behind the coffee bar lined with Oddly Correct Espresso Beans gives the quaint shop a modern look, and a lavish feel.
Owner, Michael Kloos, paces back and forth to help customers at the storehouse and take the trash out for the Judee’s baristas as they bake bread and talk to customers walking in.
“Generosity at its best!” written in bold black letters lining a wall by the entrance sparks my first question with Michael as we sit down for our interview. The passion behind the store, he explains, is “blessing” prices served in excellence.
Located at 21st and Chelsea Drive, God’s Storehouse opened in 2009, with a mission to help the community by offering quality, low priced items. Judee’s was added in 2016 with the same mission. The original owners, Michael’s parents, decided that creating a coffee shop would be a part of the “thrifting” experience when they first opened. Community and coffee going hand-in-hand.
Studying in Australia for a few years, Michael got a first-hand experience as he worked at multiple coffee houses. Espresso and lattes became a passion for him and his wife, Blakelynn.
“Doing everything in excellence is a passion of ours. When we put in a coffee shop we decided it was going to be an additional footstep to the store,” Michael says.
An excitement in Michael’s tone shifts, as he raves about the staff and customers he gets to serve every day. What drives the mission of God’s Storehouse and Judee’s are the people.
“I think being a non-profit people are quick to give their opinions of what we should be doing. We want to help people in as many ways we can… We decided what we can do well which is offering items at a blessing price.”
According to US News, the average pricing for a latte in the midwest is $3.71, not including flavor add-ins or milk substitutes. At Judee’s? $1.50 for a latte, and $2.50 to add their local honey or pumpkin spice.
The coffee shop serves to partner with the storehouse, making sure that any person can afford and gets to experience a good cup of coffee.
Judee’s coffee shop is open 9 AM - 8 PM on weekdays, and 10 AM - 4PM on Saturdays.