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Jack Hernandez writes as he enjoys a cup of coffee at Dagny's Coffee Co. in this file photo. Hernandez is a regular customer at the coffeehouse, located at 20th and Eye streets.

Felix Adamo/ The Californian

Mike and Jacqlynn Walters have owned Dagny's Coffee Co. for 11 years.

But even a daily double espresso wouldn't be enough to make it an even dozen for this hard-working couple.

"I'm tired," Mike Walters said Monday. "I'm ready."

The independently owned coffee shop at 20th and Eye streets in downtown Bakersfield is being sold, Walters said. It has not yet closed escrow, but he said he hopes it will sometime this week.

After 30 years as an Albertsons employee and 11 more running Dagny's, Walters, 61, said he's had enough.

The new owner — once escrow closes — will be Annie Florendo, he said.

The shop's 11 employees will keep their jobs, he said. And the veteran coffee slinger has promised to help smooth the transition by staying on for a couple of weeks post-sale.

"I told her I'd stay on and help her," he said. "That's pretty standard."

Steven Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @semayerTBC.

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I'm a frequent customer so best wishes to the retiring owners and to the success of the new owners.

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