A new dessert shop is coming to Arbutus and it aims to be a little like Starbucks.
Owned by a group of Johns Hopkins undergraduates, Jama Cocoa will open on the 5400 block of East Drive this spring, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The store's website launched in February and features truffles, in addition to some history and culture behind the making of chocolate.
Descriptions of the truffles may sound familiar to coffee connoisseurs. The Colombian truffle has "notes of chili pepper, orange and hazelnut," according to its description. Jama Cocoa's Hawaiian truffle "is the perfect blend of bitter and sweet" with "notes of honey and burnt caramel."
Jamasen Rodriguez, a Johns Hopkins economics major who came up with the idea as part of a business competition, told The Sun that he has been making chocolate out of his dorm room. Soon, he'll have more space when Jama Cocoa opens in the space next to Sorrento.
"The idea of this company is to be the next Starbucks of the chocolate industry," Rodriguez told The Baltimore Sun. "It's supposed to be as relaxed as Starbucks, but ... it's chocolate.
The store is set to open this spring at 5403 East Drive in Arbutus.
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