MATAVAN – Brandon Castro, owner of the new Brew Coffee Bar, believes that thanks to coffee and the community, his business can become an access point at 133a Main St., Matawan.
Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, Castro worked in several cafes in Monmouth County. As a result of blockades and restrictions related to the pandemic, the last cafe where he worked was forced to close.
Instead of waiting for the next opportunity, Castro took the initiative to create an opportunity for himself. Guided by his love of coffee, he decided to get certificates that would expand his skills.
“In quarantine, I decided to take my love of coffee to the next level and become a certified Specialty Coffee Association in the field of science and coffee preparation and tasting. I studied online and in person through the Coffee Project New York, ”Castro said.
According to its website, “The Specialty Coffee Association is a non-profit membership-based organization representing thousands of coffee professionals, from producers to baristas around the world. Based on openness, inclusiveness and the power of shared knowledge, we promote and support the global coffee community to make dedicated coffee a prosperous, equitable and sustainable activity for the entire value chain. ”
Castro opened the Brew Coffee Bar on December 19 and now incorporates the skills gained into the coffee he serves.
“Brew Coffee Bar focuses on American-style drip coffee and toppings. We offer several local coffee blends that are available but from sustainable sources. With offerings from light to dark fried there is something for everyone. We also bring light pastries and local blended teas, ”he said.
As a small business owner, Castro expressed the importance of supporting home-based shopping. He said the personal level of service that his business can provide to its customers cannot always be found in large operations.
“It’s important to shop at local because these businesses tend to be most passionate about their craft or services; they offer a level of care and love that you will not find in famous places … if you can stay in or near the city, you will meet the owners and daily workers. This connection with local products or people is a feeling like no other, ”Castro said.
Castro, a native of Brooklyn, New York, attended local Cliffwood Elementary School and graduated from Matawan Regional High School. He has a passion for creating a local space that serves others.
For Castro, the goal of Brew Coffee Bar is to “become a staple of the community,” offering high-quality service, organizing community events, and “raising awareness of what coffee can be.”