David and best friend, Christina, started Pour Jo Coffee, a full cafe on a food truck, about three years ago. After working as a mechanic for years, David started to look for a different line of work: he was experiencing back pain that he knew numbered his days in an automotive career and he wanted to spend more time with his family. Christina’s love for coffee inspired their business plan.
Once the Phoenix duo decided to work towards a coffee business, David tried to immerse himself in the area’s coffee culture. That usually meant dropping by local coffeehouses or cafes in the greasy work clothes he wore as an auto technician.
“We would just get looked at,” he said. People would question his orders, assuming he didn’t understand what he was ordering. “I’m trying to grow my coffee experience and I ran into a lot of people who gave me a hard time about not knowing coffee.”
David used those experiences to educate himself even more about coffee but doesn’t want his customers at Pour Jo to ever feel the way he did then. The name of the business, in fact, came out of a conversation about how he was seeking a quality coffee for just a “poor joe like me,” he said.
The Pour Jo crew includes David and Christina running the company, and recent hires: Sevfen, working on Business Development and Jenn working on Marketing & Advertising.
Make sure to check out “Donna” the truck at the Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings! You’ll recognize David when ordering your coffee by his handlebar mustache, the inspiration for Pour Jo’s logo! Grab a cup of Jo made for every Jo, Jane, & Jesse!