The Java & Joe Story
Before becoming entrepreneurs, friends and business partners Lorraine Mariz and Joe Ruggiero worked in management at the Broadway Department Store. They hatched their dream of opening a Coffee House one day in spring 1994 while sitting at the Gloria Jean's in the Santa Anita Mall. When scouting locations they found Ojai and fell in love with the area, the charming downtown and the people. Java & Joe Specialty Coffee, Tea & Gifts opened on November 1994. For three years the only workers were Lorraine, and Joe and sometimes their friend Matthew (for no pay, thanks) but when business really took off in late 1997 they took on staff who now include Sage, Ben, Sara, Gemma, and Margaret. Old favorites Madeleine and Rachel help out sometimes. All former employees say working for Lorraine and Joe at Java & Joe was the best job they ever had. Everyone, owners and staff, want to provide the very best coffee and tea in the world.