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Hudson Coffee announces its closure in Uptown Hoboken


Sad news in the upscale neighborhoods of Hoboken – Hudson Coffee announced its closure at the end of July. The cafe opened in 2018 by Justin DePascale, who also owns Bean Vault Coffee in downtown Hoboken. Justin, a cop in Hoboken, shared a great love of coffee and Mile Square. Its downtown store will remain open, but Hudson Coffee broke the news on its Instagram account on July 3 regarding its downtown closure at 1100 Maxwell.

“Hudson Coffee deeply loves our community and is very grateful for your support,” the coffee shared on his Instagram. “We have sold our lease and will close our doors on Saturday July 31 …”

“All of the over-the-counter discussions we’ve had will be sorely missed by our team. Thank you for all the love you have for our brand! Stop and say goodbye while having your last latte! Hoboken, we love you and when we’re gone remember to always drink better coffee!

The advisory ended with a request to visit Hudson Coffee’s sister location, Bean Vault Coffee, at 1 Newark Street in Hoboken.

According to the owner, W. Kodak will expand into the Hudson Coffee space with its current location next door.

How Hudson Coffee was born

Owner Justin DePascale never really liked or drank coffee until he started working crazy hours as a cop. Eventually, coffee became a necessity and he quickly found himself the owner of not one, but two cafes.

“It’s surprising that I’ve gone from aversion to coffee to a real passion for it now,” DePascale said at the time. “I tasted really bad beers during my years in the police force, so when I discovered really good coffee, everything changed. I started looking for specialty coffees and wanted to try different beans from all over the world. I wanted to learn and understand more and I kind of became a coffee connoisseur.

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^ Owner of Hudson Coffee and Head of HPD, Justin DePascale

DePascale is committed to preserving Mile Square’s rich history, being himself a native of Hoboken BNR – whose family is deeply rooted in the community. Hudson Coffee boasted a chic interior with huge space to work from home – with a combination of the industrial past of the upscale neighborhoods of Hoboken and the modern evolution of Maxwell Place.

Throughout the cafe are nostalgic images of the former Maxwell House factory, Hudson’s waterfront shipyards, and other pieces of Hoboken history. Some of the photos on the wall were actually taken by DePascale himself.

Read more: The story of the Maxwell House coffee factory

Besides being a local haunt for many coffee lovers, the store has also achieved some national recognition. Few years ago, Food web magazine named Hudson Coffee one of America’s best coffee mugs. The magazine named one “best cup” in each state and Hudson Coffee {located at 1100 Maxwell Street} won gold on behalf of New Jersey.

Residents reacted to the closure with great sadness. “It’s so sad. I’m so upset to hear that. You were the best,” wrote one Instagram user. “I’m so sad to see this,” wrote another.

The news comes as several other closures have been announced in recent days. Delfino’s, a Hoboken staple, announced its owners were retiring and closed last week. Other closures have included Sugarsuckle, the popular bakery on Newark Ave, downtown Verizza Pizza which will be taken over by the owners of The Madison, and in non-gourmet closing news, Work it Out Fitness Studios and Pavana Yoga also have announced the end of their time in Mile Square recently.

Although the pandemic has affected so many businesses, there is still hope. New openings include a gluten-free bakery called Annie + Ems which is coming to town in the fall, Rexer Gallery and the Sinatra Room bar inside Monroe’s.

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Written by: Jennifer Tripucka

Jen is the founder and editor of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County – when her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 1950s – she started the site as a resident of Hoboken to find out the amazing things that are happening in the region. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or the #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she is usually found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two puppies, or walking her two puppies. watching Bravo TV and ordering take out food with her husband.

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