Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t heard of Rook Coffee yet. Cofounders Shawn Kingsley and Holly Migliaccia opened in 2010 with a tiny coffee roaster in a self-described “300-foot shack” in Oakhurst. The chain now has 12 coffee shops in Jersey. But they’re very regional; 11 of those are in Monmouth County. The 12th, which opened last month, is 20 minutes south in Point Pleasant (Ocean County).
Rook first made a name for themselves with a proprietary rapid pour-over method. If you go into a Rook store looking for “coffee,” your options are pour-over and, well, pour-over. “[There are]