Instant Human: Just Add Coffee

If you’re like me, you do not function until you’ve had your morning cup of coffee, or 2.  This is just one of the many reasons Eeffoc café in Trolley Square speaks to me.

The first thing you might notice about this coffee shop on the corner of Delaware Ave and Clayton St. is a variety of regulars who make themselves at home, chatting about the days news, or the latest events.  You might also notice the variety of local artwork for sale on the walls.

One other thing you’ll definitely notice is the friendly Amish owner: Jonas Miller.  A humble, unassuming man, who is always there…except on Sundays.

There are so many things I love about this place.  Great fresh-baked goods, all kinds of sandwiches and easy meals, smoothies, lattes, oh my!  But what is really irreplaceable is the low-key, laid-back atmosphere that can only be present in a non-chain local coffee shop like Jonas’.

So on my morning stop in for some of my favorite brew, “Jamacian Me Crazy”, I got the low-down on Jonas’ business and how he’s made his tiny coffee shop the hub of retiree coffee-groups, business lunches, hung-over brunches, and even politician stops for over 4 1/2 years ago.

 

Location, Location, Location

The shop location was a product of learning that most of their clients at the riverfront shops (their original location) lived in Trolley Square. And after months of visiting and seeing the same familiar faces who frequented their riverfront kiosk for lunch, they made the plunge and opened up here.

 

Food and Brew

How do they pick the best coffee? A roaster sends them new coffee’s and when selecting blends they try stay on the milder side, every now and then trying something different, to see how clients like it – a benefit of being a small shop.
They bake many of the goodies in the front case on the premises each morning.

And the other pastries and cakes either come from Felicio’s bakery in Philadelphia.  or from Lancaster.  You can even get whole pies during the Holiday season, last the pumpkin pie at the Fitzpatrick household was ala Eeffoc Cafe.

The name

I had to ask, why the name? It’s coffee, spelled backwards and pronounced e-fock.  It takes some thinking, and upon first pronunciation you can’t help but feel you just slipped out a curse word.

“All of the other names we wanted were taken, so we started playing with the word coffee.  A lot of people ask us if it’s French,” said Jonas jokingly.

Clientele

I’ve seen everyone there, from my high school history teacher, to Senator Coons chatting with donors, to community event organizers, to old college friends, and more.  But Jonas noted that he has a strong following of regulars.

“I know most people’s orders as soon as they walk in the door.,” he boasted.

He has always knows mine.  I highly recommend the sour cream corn bread muffins, deluxe breakfast platter, or cobb salad (not in that combination obviously).

Jonas’ work ethic is ever present in this hot spot, and he even lives in Dover and commutes daily to the shop.

“People in this area would rather go with a local business, that’s how we have survived [through the economic tough times], ” said Jonas.

If you’re one of those people who like to patronize locally and haven’t tried it out, give it a shot. But go early on the weekends, it gets packed!

 


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Stephanie Fitzpatrick

Stephanie Fitzpatrick (25, Trolley Square) is a PR and social media maven interested the newest technologies, best spots in Wilmington, latest TV shows and movies, and behind the scenes political news. Born and raised in Delaware, she attended the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations. Since then, she has worked in political and non-profit communications for the past 4 years – working toward a better community, one newspaper article and tweet at a time!

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