INDIANAPOLIS — Fun fact about Erika Steele, co-owner of Just Love Coffee Cafe in Carmel: She worked for NASA in Houston for 20 years before returning to her home state of Indiana.

There’s a cool story behind the Just Love Coffee franchise, too. The company was started by a couple who wanted to adopt a child from Ethiopia then realized how expensive it was. They started roasting coffee in their spare time to make extra money.

The company has grown to nearly 40 locations across the country, but the Carmel shop, which opened in January, is the first in Indiana.

In addition to gourmet java, Just Love Coffee serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweet treats. All the hot food is cooked in a waffle iron, from omelets and sandwiches to cinnamon rolls. The food is fresh and made to order, and most items can be made in two minutes.

Just Love Coffee is located 12525 Old Meridian St. across from Meijer and next to Condado Tacos. They have a private dining room to host meetings and small parties like baby showers, bridal teas and graduation parties. There’s also a mobile cart they can take out to serve at parties and events.

Steele, a Purdue graduate and chemical engineer, is offering a special deal for Indy Now viewers. Mention the show and get a free half order of cinnamon rolls.