Pasadena-Based Jones Coffee Roasters Opens in South Pasadena

Published : Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 2:15 PM

Chuck Jones mugs for the camera out new Jones Coffee Roasters location in South Pasadena at site of former Buster’s. Photo by Steve Lawrence, News

Pasadena-based Jones Coffee Roasters is expanding with a new location in South Pasadena at the site of former Buster’s, at 1006 Mission Street.

The new location held a “soft opening” Thursday during the South Pasadena Farmers Market.

Chuck Jones, who founded the roasting company in 1994 and descends from five generations of Guatemalan coffee growers, told the South Pasadenan it was “a chance to get a feel for the crowds and acclimate the baristas to the epicenter of South Pasadena.”

After all, for three decades the former Buster’s — angled along what is now the Metro Gold Line tracks on Mission Street at Meridian Street — was ostensibly the most popular corner in South Pasadena.

The very same location was an influential part of Chuck’s fledgling pursuit of coffee roasting knowledge as a young man.

“I was 23-years-old, so for 25 percent of my life there was this killer coffeehouse in South Pasadena that Monica had started, naming it after her son, Buster, and then her sisters, Collette and Renee got involved and it evolved into this institution in South Pasadena,” Jones said as a Gold Line train passes, “it was my first exposure to a local coffeehouse.”

The new Jones Coffee South Pasadena locale will be serving coffee, coffee drinks, Fosselman’s ice cream, and grab-and-go snacks.






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