Buying a cup of coffee in this town seems simple enough. For one, there are stores selling coffee at almost every corner.
Gig Harbor already boasts six Starbucks locations â€” three inside grocery stores, one drive-thru location and two free-standing cafÃ©s â€” plus a seventh store soon to open on Harborview Drive.
There are a handful of independent, locally owned coffee shops, like Kimball Espresso Gallery and Java & Clay CafÃ©, plus two franchises â€” Cutters Point and Forza Coffee Company â€” headquartered in Gig Harbor.
And last month, the city added one more.
Jakeâ€™s Brew Co., a startup coffee roaster, joined the Gig Harbor Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce in January.
The small company â€” owned by the husband-and-wife team of Joe and Bejae Sanchez â€” joins Cutters Point as the only coffee-makers in Gig Harbor who actually roast their own beans.
â€œItâ€™s been fun to do it ourselves,â€ Joe said. â€œBut to do it for a living is a whole new ballgame.â€
Fun is the operative word for Joe, 52, and Bejae, 48. The couple, who moved to Gig Harbor in 2006, started Jakeâ€™s Brew as a part-time hobby.