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419 Alive: Rooster Joe Coffee & Co.

Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. | Photo taken by Joe McClurg | The Wright State Guardian

Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. is run by Joe and Michelle McClurg. The coffee shop was opened on January 15, 2020 in Coldwater, Ohio.

The business has an array of coffee, housemade salads, soups, sandwiches and more to offer customers.

Their mission

According to their website,, they want to, “provide exceptional coffee, food, and customer service in a welcoming environment, so that our neighbors have everything they need to comfortably socialize, rest, or work”.

It all started with the neighborhood. The next-door neighbors of Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. all came together in order to help work at the coffee shop.

“There are so many different connections with the people that work here. It keeps the hometown feel because everyone knows someone who works here,” said Rooster Joe.

It has always been a passion of theirs, and with Michelle’s job as a registered dietitian/foodie, they have traveled the world and stopped at different coffee shops. They thought that Coldwater should have something like what they had found.

“It’s just something that we’ve always wanted to do,” said McClurg.

Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. | Photo taken by Joe McClurg | The Wright State Guardian


“We haven’t found a real normal yet because we were only open for about a month before Coronavirus hit,” said McClurg.

McClurg said that they were able to hone their skills as baristas during this time because of the closing of their lobby.

Rob Ludwig at RJL Insurance Group Cincinnati donated $500 to the coffee shop with one rule only, “Do whatever you want with this, but make sure it gets put back into the community.”

McClurg said there have been over 1,200 drinks bought on the card so far for health workers of Mercer County. Ever since early March, people and businesses have been putting money on this community health worker card and it has not gone unnoticed or unused.

Shannon Woeste, a Coldwater resident and family member to several healthcare workers said, “It’s really encouraging that my sisters and mom are being rewarded for all of their hard work right now.”

According to McClurg, “The community support has been overwhelming. People have been coming by and buying coffee just to support us during Coronavirus.”

More information

Keep an eye out for this coffee shop in the future. They have a new lunch menu in the works and possible projects to bring the community together even more.

You can find Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. on Facebook, Instagram and at their website Feel free to stop by their drive-through for a coffee at 300 West Sycamore Street, Coldwater, Ohio 45828.

Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor

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