Jackie's Java began in 2004, when Jackie started roasting coffee in her boyfriend’s garage while attending school at Colorado State University. Jackie’s love of coffee and desire from a young age to open a café is what motivated her to empty her savings account and purchase a commercial coffee roaster when she was just 20 years old. Jackie’s plan was to spend a year teaching herself the craft, and then by the time she graduated from CSU she would be ready to open a cafe that featured a roaster right there inside the shop. Jackie admits, however, that roasting coffee was MUCH more difficult than she had envisioned. It ended up taking her a year just to get the coffee drinkable!
After a year of practicing and racking up credit card debt, she was finally able to make drinkable (and delicious!) coffee and took it to the local Fort Collins farmer’s market. Unknowingly, Jackie sold coffee that very first week to the owner of a local coffee shop. The second week at the farmers market that owner returned and said “That was the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. Can you supply our café?” It was an unexpected twist to Jackie’s plan, but she soon became the exclusive roaster for a prominent café in Downtown Fort Collins.
Word quickly spread and without ever paying to advertise (she wasn’t even listed in the phone book) Jackie had a full-time coffee roasting business on her hands. She laughs now thinking about how hard she worked that year- finishing up her college degree and starting a business- all at the same time.
For nearly 17 years, Jackie worked tirelessly to make a name for this little Roastery, and in September of 2020, Jackie's Java entered a new era with the sale of the business from Jackie to a local Fort Collins couple named Chris and Stefanie Mecklenburg. Chris and Stefanie owned a local liquor store for nearly a decade, and when the time came to sell that business, they were introduced to Jackie by a mutual acquaintance, and knew Jackie's Java would be the perfect next step, (especially since they were already buying the coffee for their own consumption)!
The rest, as they say, is history! Jackie taught Chris and Stefanie everything she knew about roasting coffee, and that combined with their many years of retail experience means that this company will continue to grow, while always staying true to our Founder's vision. We will always be grateful to Jackie for her hard work and determination for all those years, growing this company into what it is today. Jackie is off living her best "Snow Bunny" life these days, and we wish her well.
In the coming years, Chris and Stefanie plan to expand our directly traded and organic/Fair Trade options by taking Origin Trips to visit coffee farms and source the best beans from small farmers whose methods are beneficial to the Planet; and by buying directly, we can ensure our support helps to better the lives and economies of the farmers and allows you to enjoy our coffee guilt free! Keep your eyes on our blog and social media for future videos and stories from our farmers.
In our rare moments when we're not either at work or talking about work (ah, the joys of being business partners with your spouse!), you can find us in our 100 year-old Old Town bungalow enjoying quality time with our 3 rescue pets, gardening, and cooking. We also enjoy camping in our RV, travel (of course!), and collecting art.