NAPLES — The smooth, Naples-roasted Guatemalan coffee of Jojoka Coffee Company is a thing of the past.
The company closed its doors in August, leaving local north Naples athletes without a favored spot to relax with a brew. It also potentially stranded art supporters who are buying bags labeled with works by children from ArtsCOOL, the student summer program at the von Liebig Center.
Three messages left for Johann Saurbier, co-owner and roaster for the company, were not returned.
The coffee company began supplying local restaurateurs nearly 10 years ago, and opened a retail outlet at its 5630 Yahl St., No. 3, location. Among its customers were the Naples Art Association and its ArtsCOOL program, which sell bags of the freshly ground coffees in foiled packages with labels featuring art. The association was just beginning a summer sales of ArtsCOOL student-art labels when Jojoka closed, according to Timothy Barone, whose Goodness Products Inc. handles the contracting and packaging for nonprofit sales such as this.
“We were scrambling. We had to fulfill orders,” Barone said yesterday. Fortunately, he said, Saurbier had suggest he contact the Grind, a coffee house and roaster in south Fort Myers. So far 50 bags of the coffee have been sold, and thanks to an underwriter, Top Coat and Tails, every cent of the $10 cost goes toward the 2012 ArtsCOOL program.
“After a short conversation, they were eager to help,” Barone said. “With Jojoka he had his family’s beans, which are grown in Guatemala. In order to continue with that Guatemtalan blend, the Grind brewed a Guatemalan bean that tastes very close to what Jojoka’s was.”
Barone said he had heard Jojoka may open again elsewhere, but did not know any details, he said.
Those who want to buy the ArtsCOOL coffee will find it at these locations in Naples:
■ Bob Baker Shoes, 720 5th Ave S.
■ Nature’s Garden, 2089 U.S. 41 N.
■ Wynn’s Market, 141 U.S. 41 N.
■ the gift shop of the von Liebig Center, 585 Park St.