About us

When Cesar arrived in Hattiesburg for the first time in 2005, he was not expecting to stay long...

He is a native of Valencia, Venezuela who had previously lived in both Florida and Pennsylvania. He fell in love with the Hub City and the friendly nature of the community. Eventually, his wife (Marbelis) soon moved from Venezuela to join him, and they decided to make Hattiesburg, MS their home.

Cesar and Marbelis re-opened Java Werks in April 2013 to share their South American food and culture in the city where they are forming new roots. Located across from Southern Miss, Java Werks takes pride in the ability to share traditional Venezuelan food (like Arepas) as well as standard cafe, pastries and other goodies with friends here in Hattie.

Since re-opening, Cesar and Marbelis remain focused on the community that welcomed them. They have monthly events like comedy nights, live music performances and other sponsored USM events. In November 2015, they started “Coffee with a Cop” - a program that provides a space for Hattiesburg Police officers and community members to have a dialogue over a cup of coffee. #SupportLocal #Javawerkshattie

A word from Cesar and Marbelis

We look forward to meeting more of the community, and we want to thank those who support us. We are working on bettering our business to serve you in a more effective and efficient way. Thank you once again.

Cesar and Marbelis