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After problems opening in Upper Macungie, Nowhere Coffee announces a new location for its roastery

Lauren and Juan Vargas are shown at Nowhere Coffee in South Whitehall Township in 2022. The couple announced it plans to open a roastery in Allentown after one in Upper Macungie Township was shot down last week.
Lauren and Juan Vargas are shown at Nowhere Coffee in South Whitehall Township in 2022. The couple announced it plans to open a roastery in Allentown after one in Upper Macungie Township was shot down last week.
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Nowhere Coffee will open a roastery at a yet-to-be-determined location in Allentown, according to an Tuesday evening.

“We are moving our 5kg crated, brand new roaster to a to-be-determined location in Allentown,” the post begins. “While the fine details are still being ironed out, we are excited to look to the future and a world where we are roasting to meet your demand.”

It’s the latest in a bumpy road for the local coffee brand’s attempt to open a roastery.

Nowhere Coffee announced in December it had leased a property in Upper Macungie for a location to conduct business operations and roast coffee beans for its two coffee shops.

But Juan and Lauren Vargas, who own Nowhere Coffee, spoke out Feb. 1 at an Upper Macungie Board of Supervisors meeting, saying township zoning officer Marvin Walton denied the couple a permit to operate the roastery at 1115 Trexlertown Road because the $50,000 device was deemed to be used for “manufacturing and/or bulk processing” of food, which is prohibited under the neighborhood’s zoning designation.

The company , where it argued “the property is zoned for food service.” It said in another that the Vargases had paid $800 in fees and waited 60 days “with no conversation, questions or discourse.” The Vargases said they would appeal the decision March 13.

In the meantime, according to the coffee shop’s most recent post, the Vargases will be looking for a home in Allentown for their bigger roaster so they can meet demand.

“It has been hard work roasting late in the evenings in our commercial kitchen on our baby roaster,” they said on their Instagram post on Tuesday evening. “We can’t wait to get this roaster up and running, but in the meantime, we’ve decided to bring back to some great local beans, while we let our situation play out.”

Nowhere Coffee’s location at 318 Main St. in Emmaus was the site of a visit from President Joe Biden last month when he came to the Lehigh Valley to tout his economic initiatives as he campaigns for a second term in the White House. The original location opened in 2022 at 3127 Tilghman St. in South Whitehall Township.

Nowhere Coffee could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said that Nowhere Coffee purchased the Trexlertown property; in fact, Nowhere Coffee had leased it.

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