Zeke’s is moving its retail operation into the old Grind-On spot (4607 Harford Rd.) in Lauraville in early February. Ryan Schmidt, general manager of production at Zeke’s, said the new place will be a "coffee lab" as opposed to a coffee shop.
Customers will be able to buy beans and sample coffee. For instance, organic Sumatra will be available on a regular basis. But the shop will also brew other kinds of coffee for people to taste. It won’t be a place for people to hang out and have muffins, Ryan said.
Eventually, Zeke’s hopes to have tastings there. Hours haven’t been decided yet.
Mark Tough, executive director of the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville Inc., is already a Zeke’s fan. He was on hand Sunday for the coffee company’s annual kopi luwak tasting.
"We're pretty thrilled that Zeke's is expanding their footprint here," Mark said in an email about the expansion. "And we expect more good news [in the Hamilton-Lauraville area] throughout the remainder of the year."