Joe Van Gogh — a coffee business with five locations across the Triangle — opened its newest location in Roper Hall on UNC's campus on Nov. 6.
Robbie Roberts, the owner of Joe Van Gogh, started roasting coffee in 1991 and opened his first location in Chapel Hill's Timberlyne Shopping Center in 1995. The business is currently based in Hillsborough, with locations in Durham and Raleigh.
Apollo Suen, the assistant store manager for the new location, said Joe Van Gogh roasts its coffee in local roastworks and packages it in its factory in Hillsborough.
Suen, who has worked in restaurants before, but not in coffee, said he had learned a lot about the company and its production since he joined the team.
Em Welsh, the store manager of the new location, said almost all of the business’ ingredients — for both food and beverages — overwhelmingly come from local businesses, farms and families. They also said the store receives fresh deliveries of pastries, sandwiches and flavored syrups for coffee and tea early each morning.
Roberts said Joe Van Gogh has also been providing UNC Hospitals with Joe Van Gogh coffee for nearly seven years.
Roper Hall, UNC School of Medicine's newest building, opened on Sept. 18 of this year. Joe Van Gogh announced its location in the building on Sept. 6.
“Joe Van Gogh already sponsors the women’s soccer games, so I think ultimately Joe Van Gogh’s hope on this campus is to support each other — both us supporting students, students supporting us in a positive feedback loop,” Welsh said.
The coffee chain was the first-ever sponsor for the UNC women's soccer team in it's 2022-23 season.