What The Fuss Is All About

The story of how Fussy Coffee at Science Park came to be named is a joke between David Negreiro and his brother-in-law and business partner Joe Ballaro.

On one level, it’s a tongue-in-cheek riff on how pretentious some coffee shops can be. On another level, it’s about the two men’s love of a good coffee after a meal.

“Joe and I have always been in the food industry and we both have a love for food and finding new foods and good foods,” Negreiro said. “We were always hungry for coffee after lunch, so we’d always say ‘Let’s go get a coffee but let’s get something nice. Let’s get a fussy cup of coffee.’”

Ballaro said they’d been working on the concept for the shop for over a year and once they started talking with Yale about the location things came together. While this is their first business together, Ballaro is the owner of a bar in their hometown of Shelton called Bar 140 and Negreiro is the former owner of a small Milford bakery called Taste and See Cupcakes.

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