It makes sense that baristas are often plugged into the most interesting things in any community. Seana Morton of Rook Coffee Roasters (Olde Tudor Village, 1924 Route 35, Wall Township) shared some thoughts with us about life in and around Asbury Park.

Perfect bar or place for a beer?

Brickwall for its ever changing menu of craft beers and atmosphere. I also like Porta during the day.

Favorite Jersey Shore building/architecture?

I will never get tired of driving around Deal looking at the mansions, I have a thing for houses.

Most relaxing night out?

I love Ragin’ Cajun in Belmar. The vibe is so relaxing. BYOB. Live music. Amazing food. Great people.


Your ideal breakfast or lunch spot on a day off?

Cookie Lady’s Cafe in Point Pleasant is my favorite spot for breakfast/lunch. Its super tiny, cheap, and delicious!

Best Jersey Shore pizza?

SO much good pizza on the Jersey Shore! What a tough question. I’m just gonna have to say Squan Tavern in Manasquan. I grew up eating that pizza and it has never done me wrong.

Best place to see art?

Lately? On other people’s bodies! The already amazing tattoo artists in this area are getting better and better.

Favorite grocery store/market or other local shop?

I hate grocery shopping. Other than Shoprite for the bulk of the list, I like Dean’s. I go there for my huge tub of coconut oil every other month. The store is set up where everything is easy to find and they have an awesome selection of Yogi Tea (which I love).


What books or magazine are you currently reading?

I recently picked up the TV Guide Special Edition on the 25th anniversary of Seinfeld & Rolling Stone Special Collectors Edition on Jerry Garcia.

Favorite music to play at work?

We use Pandora and have a million stations but my favorites are, The Beach Boys, T. Rex, Gramatik, Xavier Rudd, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Indie Dance, and Brand New.

Any coffee mentor(s)?

My bosses, Holly & Shawn.. and our roaster, James. They are all super impressive when it comes to anything and all coffee related knowledge.

Most preposterous customer request?

Home-made tuna.


If you could tell your customers one thing about coffee that you wish they knew, what would it be?

It’s very mind boggling when you first find out that mild roasts have more caffeine than dark roasts. I think this is one piece of coffee info that everybody would want to know. It can change your entire outlook on what kind of coffee you choose/when you choose it.

What’s the best tips for making coffee at home?

Get a grinder and keep your coffee whole bean until you’re ready to brew. Fresh coffee tastes so much better.

What’s your favorite/least favorite drink to make?

My favorite is when people try new things. I like when the customer trusts me to pick something out for them that is not their usual cup. I don’t have a least favorite drink to make but I’m waiting for the day someone asks for like 18 splenda and then I will have to cry.

What projects are keeping you busy when not making coffee?

I have 3 cats and a Great Dane that I’m always cleaning up after.. Other than that I really try to spend my free time relaxing or catching up with friends.

David Spelman is a music producer, founder of the New York Guitar Festival, TEDxNavaesink talent advisor and Ocean Grove resident. He enjoys cycling, yoga, coffee, and generally encouraging creative dialogue across disciplines and barstools.

Photos by Nick Keifer

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