Friday, December 8, 2023

New house, same coffee: Column 15 brewing up an official coffee roastery

The Column 15 crew. From left to right, Cassidy Eissing, James Kroll, Victoria Goldsby, and Brittany Wyatt. (WYDaily/Courtesy of James Kroll)

YORK COUNTY — Your favorite local cold brew coffee just got cooler.

Back in 2019, coffee brewing duo James Kroll and Victoria Goldsby –– two William and Mary alum, opened their new coffee venture, Column 15.

With a passion for “the science of good coffee,” Column 15 roasts their own coffee beans while specializing in nitro cold brew coffees and tea. At the time, the duo was focused on the business’ online sales while bringing their products to farmers markets, while converting non-coffee drinkers with their smooth blends.

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Now, Column 15 not only has a coffee bar, but they are also getting closer to establishing a permanent location for their business.

It’s been a year in the making for the business.

Kroll described a nearly two year effort in which they worked with six to eight separate entities to get the space up and running.

“We’re doing all of this without a major investor,” Kroll said. “We’re basically building it from scratch.”

The new location, just a few doors down from their coffee bar at 701-k Merrimac Trail in the James-York Plaza, will allow the business to do all their roasting and brewing in-house, while also having a coffee bar, indoor seating, and a place for customers to watch the roasting and brewing process.

Column 15 will also be able to give tours and tastings. The location will be equipped with Wi-Fi so customers can hang out while getting work done.

While mid-April is the tentative opening date, Goldsby said that there are still many things to finalize before they can officially announce a solid date for the grand opening.

“When we started this business, I was 24 at the time. Now I’m going to be 27, and we’re still working on it,” she said.

But as the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait. While customers patiently wait, Column 15’s coffee bar is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

To order online, visit Column 15’s website by clicking here.

You can also check out their Facebook page by clicking here.


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