Better Latte Than Never, Joliet welcomes coffee business

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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John Brubaker delivers the kiosk for Black Brew Coffee House in Joliet. Photos by Alastair Baker

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Left to right, Black Brew Coffee House owners Joel and Robin DeBruycker with manager Kimra Brubaker outside the kiosk.

Joliet welcomed a new business in town last week as a small white kiosk was planted down just south of the Community Center. The kiosk is the future home of the Black Brew Coffee House owned and operated by Robin and Joel DeBruycker.
The DeBruyckers are “super excited to come into this nice community.”
“We may open by Halloween but I’d like to get going sooner,” said Robin. “Every one has been really good about trying to get us going.”
Black Brew Coffee House will be selling high-end coffees. All of it is roasted in Big Fork. The DeBruyckers already have one other coffee outlet in Columbus by McDonalds.
Mayor Dakota Mitchem was very optimistic about the arrival.
“Getting this in here now especially during COVID it is a breath of fresh air. Progress can still be made even in a small town like this. COVID can’t stop growth entirely and we are going to continue to grow and continue to be successful and this is a step in the right direction,” said Mitchem.
“It is a young business. The only spot in Joliet we allowed them to develop here was Main Street, where all those building are old and falling down. With things like this now the opportunity is limitless for us to keep growing and developing,” he said.
The present kiosk will be managed by Kimra Brubaker who is “pretty excited” about the venture.
“I think this will work here,” she said. “I mean who doesn’t like coffee.”
Just then three high school students walked passed wanting to know about the coffee house and promising they will be down when it starts operating.
Tentative hours are 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. everyday to begin with.