It makes sense that baristas are often plugged into the most interesting things in any community. We caught up with Joe Parillo of Barbaric Bean (48 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove) to get his thoughts on. . .

Favorite local building/architecture?
64 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, the office of Dr. Dale Wilden.

Most relaxing night out?
Sitting on the benches on the OG Boardwalk [before Sandy].

Best place to see art?
Main Avenue Galleria in Ocean Grove.

Your ideal breakfast or lunch spot on a day off?
The Buttered Biscuit in Bradley Beach [first of course is my cafe: Barbaric Bean Coffee Roasters].

Best Jersey Shore pizza?
Luigi’s in Neptune.

Favorite grocery store/market or other local shop?
Wegmans in Ocean.

What books or magazine are you currently reading?
“Patriots” by James Wesley Rawls.

Favorite music to play at work?
The Oldies.

Do you have a coffee mentor?
Not really.

Favorite little-known local history fact?
On July 31, 1869, a group of ministers and friends camped at what is now called Founders Park and, after a candlelight prayer service, dedicated themselves to establish a permanent Christian camp meeting community called Ocean Grove. From this simple beginning there would emerge a permanent town.

Hurricane Sandy moment that defined the Jersey Shore’s resilience for you?
Seeing the good people of Ocean Grove and beyond helping to cleanup the debris along the torn-up boardwalk and beach.

What changes would make Asbury/OG even more livable?
Less taxes.

What projects are keeping you busy when not making coffee?
Prepping for whatever crap is next to hit the fan.

PHOTO CREDIT – Nick Kiefer

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