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Local coffee roaster opening in first permanent space this week

Local coffee roaster opening in first permanent space this week

Sav McKee

In 2016, some really good coffee was born from a college dorm room in Muskingum University. And now, in 2023, this exceptional coffee has found a more permanent home in Merion Village.

Starting on Wednesday, October 4th, Jennings Java will officially move out of their 1193 S. Front St. location and into their 116 E. Moler St. space. While they’re putting some final touches on their new building, patrons can grab coffee, roasted beans, and other coffee selections from 7am to 1pm, Wednesday through Sunday.


After biking around Columbus for years, hand-delivering coffees and cold brew, popping-up at local markets, and then offering a quick grab-and-go option from their roasting facility at 1193 S. Front St., all of Columbus is ready for finally, a full cafe. Jennings Java was even able to reach their $50,000 kickstarter goal thanks to generous donations by people who truly love their hand-roasted coffee.

AJ Kazmierczak, who co-owns Jennings Java with Daniel Jennings, referred to the new Merion Village space as their “dream cafe.”

The Merion Village storefront used to house Bake Me Happy, and Jennings is renovating it to make it their own, complete with a separate production space and a full cafe that will feature retail, pastries, and of course, their famous cold brews and coffee selections.​​

“As for what this means for our business, this is monumental. Born from a college dorm room, faced with a ‘make or break’ year in 2020. We believed in the good people of Columbus, Merion Village, and German Village and went all in,” Kazmierczak said.

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