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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Holland, Michigan
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
We are a medium-high volume independent shop just off the campus of Hope College in Holland, MI. We are also in the heart of a busy downtown area. Between the college, downtown residents and employees, and summer tourism (due to Lake Michigan) we keep pretty busy. We can offer a diverse clientele, a true "third place" environment, a fair trade education, and constant drive to learn to do this better individually and as a team.
About Me:
I am the owner, Matt. I started as a barista in 1998 in a shop that very poorly trained me. I wanted to learn more about coffee and its preparation, so I sought employment at every cafe in town and in a few other cities around the country while I spent some time traveling. No one would hire me because I had manager experience that they didn't want to pay for (even if I only asked for minimum wage). Eventually, I landed a bakery job and started teaching myself about espresso on their crappy old single group water-fill machine. It didn't take long to significantly increase the cafe's drip and specialty coffee sales. After the owner saw that and the business plan for Lemonjello's Coffee that I had written, she offered me the space to take over and flexible terms on paying her back for equipment I kept. I've been learning as I go since we opened in January 2003.
About My Company:
Lemonjello’s Coffee exists to accurately & deliciously serve fairly traded coffee & espresso beverages, to provide a space that is a forum for community, and to introduce people to music that is sincere, beyond fashion, and an infusion of pop culture and artistic integrity.

Our coffee is organic, fairly traded, and from small farmers. It is grown, imported, roasted, and served with the mentality that fair and quality go hand in hand. Our roasting team at Equal Exchange lives this philosophy and is our
partner and mentor in this effort.

Great coffee lends to great baking, so we serve our very own goods made right here and baked fresh every day. Alongside our standard muffins, cookies, & scones, we offer a number of gluten-free, vegan, organic, and fair products.

At the end of the day, we think that combining great people and great products can make a world of difference.

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At 11:50am on September 3, 2009, Terika said…
Hey Matt!
Our Barista Jam and Throwdown got rescheduled for September 11th. I know it's short notice, but we'd love to see some LJ's representation as always!
At 8:48pm on June 29, 2009, Garrett said…
Hey Matt,
I've heard all about Lemonjellos. I remember trying to book my band there a few years ago. I'll have to stop by sometime and check the place out. I am running into the same problem that you did when you first started out. I was poorly trained at both shops I have worked at and I am knowledge hungry!! The second shop was rather slow and more of a tea/chocolate shop than a coffee shop. Anyways, any suggestions on what you found to be the most effective way of gaining coffee prep/history/ect. knowledge? I am currently living in Howell for a summer job but moving back to Kalamazoo for the next 3 years so I am hoping to find a good shop up there with some coffee experts. Thanks!
At 7:53pm on June 9, 2009, Terika said…
Hey Matt! We're having another Barista Jam and Latte Art Throwdown. We really enjoy having LJ's representation. Here is the site with info and where you can buy tickets... Hope to see you guys there!
At 12:48pm on March 16, 2009, Terika said…

I think there should be some LJ's representation...
At 10:34am on January 14, 2009, Daniel C Lynn said…
Have you had the Organic Love Buzz by Equal Exchange? It's one of my favorite coffees.

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