“We wanted to have a name that’s easy to remember and that didn’t sound too ostentatious,” says Gabe Cicale, who co-owns Kingston’s Monkey Joe Coffee Roasting Company with his wife Kathy Nealis. “Some people are intimidated by specialty coffee because it’s viewed as trendy, but coffee in general is really not that sophisticated. Our name came from a stuffed monkey toy my dog has; I figured monkeys are indigenous to where coffee grows, and Joe is slang for coffee. It fit together.”
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