Rhody Gem: Middletown’s Custom Coffee House is a Must for Lovers of Specialty Fresh Roasts

February 2024

What it is:

A cozy coffeehouse serving small-batch roasts, pastries, and lunch.


Where to find it:

Housed inside a plaza off Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, look for the coffee cup sign; if you reach Bagel Boys and Green End Avenue, you’ve gone too far!


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Custom House Coffee is “an upscale coffeehouse totally focused on coffee,” says Robert Mastin, president. Besides roasting their coffee in small batches to provide the freshest product possible, the coffeehouse also creates limited batch blends, and offers grab-and-go breakfast and lunch foods prepared daily in their commercial kitchen. A unique feature is that the coffeehouse is owned by its employees, with 14 staff members currently owning shares in the company, which “results in the best customer service and attention to detail as possible,” says Mastin. Open for over 21 years, Custom House Coffee has never compromised on quality, and the regulars know it. The love for coffee extends beyond the goods into the very decor. “Walking into the store is like entering a coffee museum,” Mastin explains. The walls are decorated with several hundred vintage coffee cans – many donated over the years by customers – antique grinders, and other paraphernalia are scattered throughout. “It’s cluttered, but it feels cozy,” he says. “We are the ‘go-to’ place for all serious coffee drinkers in the area who will not settle for anything but the best.”


Custom House Coffee

796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown




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