Coffee Breaks perks up life of retired police chief

Coffee Breaks perks up life of retired police chief

Michael and Linda Houle, of Blackstone, have opened Coffee Breaks, a shop in Cumberland that specializes in single serve K-cups, coffee pods, and accessories, and offers more than 100 flavors of coffee and teas. (Valley Breeze Photo by Tom Ward)

CUMBERLAND - It's hard to imagine life "perking up" even more after a 30-year career in law enforcement, but that's what has happened for now-retired Woonsocket Police Chief Mike Houle, who, along with his wife Linda, now operates a shop called Coffee Breaks. Located at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, only a stone's throw north of Exit 11 off I-295 in Cumberland, Coffee Breaks is a shop that specializes in single-serve coffee packages "at the lowest prices around," according to Mike Houle.

Walk into the shop, and warm tones greet you along with wood furnishings made and finished at Houle's home. Visitors are welcome to sample some of the more than 100 flavors of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and mocha concoctions available in the market, but rarely found in one place. The adventuresome can "pick and mix" the hundreds of flavors and walk away with 24 samples for just $14.99, or pay 75 cents each for a bit fewer, say the Houles. Once you've figured out a favorite, the K-cups, for Keurig-type single-serve coffeemakers, cost only $12.99 for 24 cups.

Others prefer the "pods," or single-serve packages without the plastic. These pods, looking a bit like round tea bags without the string, cost only $7.75 for 18, with coffees and teas in dozens of flavors.

Pod accessories are also available.

If you'd prefer your coffee beans whole - of if you want to grind them right on the spot - you can purchase any of the nine varieties of New Hampshire Coffee Roasting Co. beans. Coffee Breaks is open at 10 a.m. daily, and closes at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday. The store is closed Mondays.

For more information, call 401-481-3322.