Meet Ticy Cox and her 24-year-old daughter, Ayanna, the founders and owners of Kawaha Java, the area’s first Black-owned gourmet coffee shop.
The mother-daughter team has always loved coffee and the ambience that small coffee shops create for conversation. That is what prompted them to establish Kahawa Java, with the tagline “The pattern of coffee and discussion.”
While hunting for the ideal location for the coffee shop, they discovered that they are also providing something unique to the area. People can stop by the coffee shop, which is located in a residential area, to receive a cup of coffee.
“Talking with the realtor, he said ‘there’s nothing [like this] over here, nothing at all.’ So we wanted to bring something to the west side and it ended up being exactly that,” Ticy told the Owensboro Times.
The name Kahawa Java is derived from their Swahili heritage and means “Coffee Coffee.” They do, however, serve teas, matches, and pastries in addition to coffee. There is also a space for spoken word and live music events.
Furthermore, they intend to grow beyond the confines of their current location by launching a coffee truck. They have expanded catering and coffee services at several occasions since opening their shop a few months ago.
“We hope to outgrow the space and hope that we do amazing to where we can take it to the next place that we go and do our own build, but you never know,” Ayanna said.