Baristas to Open in New Jersey

SEATTLE, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. (OTCPK: BCCI) announces that it has completed a development franchise agreement with Cuppa Joes, Inc. to open Baristas branded locations in Monmouth County, N.J.
The agreement is to open five locations over the next three years and has an option for five additional locations within the territory over the next eight years. The Companies are currently seeking to finalize the first location and expect to open within 120 days.
Veteran restaurant executive, Thomas E. Metzger FMP Baristas COO stated that, "Opening our first location on the east coast is a very significant milestone in expanding our franchises throughout the country. The Baristas business model is virtually non-existent in this region and we believe that it will have a significant impact towards building our brand and business model." Mr. Metzger has served as Chief Executive Officer / President / Chief Operating Officer for numerous restaurants, notably Wolfgang Puck, Sizzler Steakhouses, Boston Market, and Kenny Rogers Roasters. His experience also includes the development of many national food service brands such as Cinnabon and Wendy's International.
"After spending time in Seattle and witnessing the reality of the operations and quality of the product, we are absolutely convinced that the Baristas concept and proven system will be a 'Grand Slam.' We became shareholders prior to exploring the possibility of franchising. I have crunched the numbers and they present a very compelling economic model. We are also very impressed with the refinement and support we have received from the Baristas team," stated Joe Pagano CEO of Cuppa Joes, Inc.
"The enthusiasm and vigor of the Cuppa Joes family and their genuine appreciation of quality coffee gives us confidence that they will be successful in introducing the Baristas brand to their market. This expansion marks the beginning of Baristas on both coasts," stated Barry Henthorn CEO.
About Cuppa Joes, Inc.: Cuppa Joes was formed specifically to expand the Baristas brand via a franchise development agreement spanning Monmouth County, N.J. It was founded by author and adjunct math professor Joe Pagano and his son Joey Pagano. Joe is a prolific writer of self-help and educational material and is the creator and author of over a dozen books and eBooks which have been read throughout the world.
About Baristas Coffee Company (BCCI): Headquartered in the Seattle, Washington area, Baristas Coffee Company (www.baristas.tv) was formed to create a national brand of drive-thru espresso stands. It is accomplishing this by acquiring established businesses that fit its model, opening new locations, and by franchising. Baristas employs and promotes attractive female baristas trained to interact with the customer to maximize sales as well as prepare the finest beverages available. All baristas wear a variety of appealing costumed-themed attire, allowing for customers to enjoy a fun, creative, new, and intriguing experience every visit.
CONTACT:Barry Henthorn, CEO(206) 579-0222barry@baristas.tv

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