Aroma Joe’s opens Connecticut’s first cafe

Maine-based beverage chain Aroma Joe’s is now open in Bristol, offering an extensive menu of Connecticut coffees, teas, smoothies and energy drinks.

The cafe, which opened April 4 at 1235 Farmington Avenue, is the first in the state, owned by franchisees Mark MacGregor, Henry Laughlin and Clayton Prugh. MacGregor grew up in Rochester, NH, where the first Aroma Joe’s was founded in 2000, he told Hearst Connecticut in March.

The 800 square foot Aroma Joe’s in Bristol offers drive-thru and walk-in window service, with hot and iced coffee, specialty teas, hot chocolate, cold brews and espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. Drinks can be customized with flavor infusions and sauces.

Beyond coffee, Aroma Joe’s offers smoothies, iced tea lemonade and AJs RUSH energy drinks, in flavors such as Blue Hawaiian with pineapple and Green Alien, with green apple and blue raspberry. All-day food options include breakfast sandwiches, bagels, muffins, pastries, and soft pretzels.

Aroma Joe’s, headquartered in South Portland, Maine, has 84 locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The company is currently planning the development and opening of new stores along the East Coast. Another Connecticut site is planned in Waterbury, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The Bristol site is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

With previous reports by Madeline Ference.

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