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By Erin Vander Weele

John Joseph Coffee to open in Sauk City


March 8, 2018

Erin Vander Weele

John Brennan Jr. (left) and his father John Brennan Sr. (right), owners of John Joseph Coffee, will soon roast coffee at their new location in Sauk City, where they will also offer a tasting room.

When John Brennan Jr. started roasting coffee with his father about seven years ago, he did not envision the hobby turning into a business someday. 

But as they passionately pursued their interest together, the hobby grew into a business over the years. In continuing to grow, John Joseph Coffee will soon open a tasting room and retail area in downtown Sauk City at 112 Van Buren Street.

The Brennans anticipate opening in the renovated building this March. Before moving to the building, Brennan Jr. said the coffee was roasted at his father's house in Prairie du Sac.

"It was pretty simple and worked out good for roasting for the small amount of customers that we had, but now it's growing and we want to grow with it," Brennan Jr. said. "We want to expand and work with other retailers, maybe go into the grocery stores here in town and work with other specialty shops." 

"It's going to be a cool place to hang out and work with my family and friends," he added. "And coffee is a joyful industry; people really enjoy coffee." 

He said their main goal is to teach people how to make coffee through classes and training sessions.

"It's fun to talk to people about it," Brennan Jr. said. "It's always fun to educate people on coffee." 

In the back room of the building, Brennan Jr. and his father, John Brennan Sr., have a new coffee roaster. Brennan Jr. said the business might move slowly toward becoming a coffee shop or cafe someday, but for now they are focused on the roasting process and offering a tasting room in the front area of the building.

Brennan Jr., a former teacher, and his father, a former principal, became interested in roasting coffee after meeting a coffee roasting business owner from Chicago, who introduced them to the craft. 

"Just him talking about coffee was very inspiring," Brennan Jr. recalled. "We just decided to give it a try." 

After learning about the industry, they became home roasters with no real plans on selling the coffee at the time.

"This was never in the plan," Brennan Jr. said.  "This was aimed to be a cool hobby on the side."

"It got to the point where our friends and family were getting a lot of coffee from us because we were roasting too much," he added. "Everybody liked it."

While they still plan on selling coffee at area farmers markets, the building will offer an established place where customers can stop to taste and purchase John Joseph Coffee.

"There's a lot of interest in the community right now so it should hopefully have a lot of visitors," said John Brennan Sr. 


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