Black Kahawa Coffee opens Wednesday at Broad and High as Stauf’s exits Discovery District


As one new coffee shop opens next week in downtown Columbus, another will close.

Coming: Black Kahawa Coffee, a local roaster of East African beans, will start off Wednesday with service out of a trailer on its patio at Broad and High streets as renovations continue inside the building at 2 E. Broad St.

Going: Stauf’s, which has announced on social media that it plans to shut down indefinitely at 350 Mount Vernon Ave. in Downtown’s Discovery District. Its last day in business will be Thursday.

Stauf’s locations in German Village, North Market Downtown, Victorian Village and Grandview Heights — its original — remain. The 36-year-old company also owns Cup O Joe shops in Clintonville and Downtown at 366 E. Broad St.

Meanwhile, the arrival of Black Kawaha puts a coffee shop once again at the Broad & High storefront that has housed Dunkin’ and Tim Horton’s franchises over the last 15 years.

Owner Douglas Buckley has a mobile trailer in place and said he will open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Normal hours of 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. begin Thursday. He’ll sell hot coffee and nitro cold brew, a full range of espresso drinks and hot and iced lattes. For each, he offers the optional addition of Zanzibar spice, a syrup infused with cinnamon, cardamom and other spices.

Once renovations inside are finished, Buckley will set up his 12-kilogram roaster in the window along Broad Street, and he plans to sell locally made baked goods and breakfast and lunch items from the counter.

He said he also has applied for a liquor license to sell beer and cocktails at night through yet-to-be-finalized partnerships with local brewers and distillers.