Our Story

The Joe Sippers Story

What happens when an art major graduates from college and can’t find a job? He opens a café of course! Truth is, I was falling short in my search for a local graphic design job. For a short time, I took a job at a local auto parts store and worked with youth at a local church. These experiences helped reconnect me to my hometown of Effingham, see a need, and formulate the Joe Sippers concept.

In 2005, my wife and I opened Joe Sippers Café to the Effingham community. The goal was to create a community hub via a coffee shop atmosphere and make an honest living doing it. So far so good!

More than a decade later, we’ve gained invaluable life experiences: nine years of true mom-and-pop style living above where you work, parenting our four children, and learning the ins-and-outs of running a business to name just a few.

We have also gained invaluable professional experiences. Countless Coffee Fests and Caffeine Crawls have been vital to our personal education of the coffee industry. Developing relationships with importers, roasters, staff, and of course customers has shown us there is more to business than a great product. Altogether our accumulated experience allows us to build on our initial coffee-shop-vibe-venture.

Going forward, we remain committed to our Joe Sippers community and fantastic coffee experiences!