The Java Cup
Topic: Coffee Shops
Okay, it's true - I do love Starbucks. They are open late (the one in south Arlington on Cooper is open 24 hrs), they have a consistent menu from one city to another (assuming you can find one...), and it's a good place for me to go and sit for hours while I write in my journal and listen to my mp3 player.
However, I have also always liked trying to support local businesses, too. I just never found local coffee shops in Dallas that I really felt comfortable in - the one I found in Arlington, where the husband was an artist, I found the week I moved to Dallas! The one in Dallas near my house, owned by a lawyer, was always very busy and had very loud, sharp sounding (lawyery sounding, actually) customers and it took me 15 minutes before all the other people (regardless of how long I had been there before them) had ordered and I finally was able to get a word in and order something. Sigh. Love Dallas. Not so much that part of the atmosphere sometimes. I scored as Ft. Worth in a quiz I took.
I have found a few coffee shops in Claremont and Springfield, but only one that is actually open when I am not at work (other than Dunkin Donuts). Maybe at some point, on a weekend, I can try The Flying Saucer in Springfield, or the other one which is opening soon there, or the other shop in Claremont, but the other one in Claremont is only open 7am - 2pm, and I work 6am - 2:30pm. The Flying Saucer has such erratic hours that they don't even post them - the owner is a bird breeder and flying saucer fan (there is a human sized, neon green, blow-up alien right inside the front door!), so I would love to be able to meet her and have coffee there, but the shop is very part-time. Having once had 23 birds, I can understand that - I can't imagine breeding them...
Not so with The Java Cup (the part-time staus, that is)! It is open from 7am to 4pm, and has excellent coffee. They serve Mocha Joe's coffee
, which is organic coffee* roasted just a few exits south of Claremont in Brattleboro, VT. They buy the coffee in small quantities weekly so that they always have the freshest beans - in fact, their order is roasted by Mocha Joe's AFTER they place the order, shipped that night, and they get it the next day. So you are never drinking coffee that was roasted more than about a week ago!
So far I have tried the Iced Chai Latte - much stronger and thicker than Starbucks, which was a little hard to get used to, but very good (and I confess, I added a lot of ice to the last half once I got home and let it water itself down to what I was used to - but it was very good "as is"), the Cafe Aztec, which is WONDERFUL - coffee cinnamon and nutmeg and I don't actually remember what else, but it's very good - the peach tea, and the Ethiopian Harrar, which was also very good. I still prefer Yrgacheffe, but the Harrar was good. Bright is a descriptor that definitely fits.
The atmosphere is very nice, too. It's a small shop, but it has several tables inside and one outside. They have quite a few plants inside and out, and also one large chair with a side table in addition to the regular cafe tables. The shop is impressively clean - the light colored wood floors with walls close to the same color and ceiling fans help that impression, I think. Everything WAS clean, but clean lines and no clutter always help the impression of cleanliness (now if only I could transfer than knowledge to my decorating in my house... LOL). The regular coffee is self-serve, set up on a baker's rack opposite the counter - you just pay for the cup and get your own, which I'm sure helps the traffic flow during coffee rush hour immensely - this way the one server doesn't have to make three black coffees wait on one Cafe Aztec while they're running late. I was very impressed by that. Maybe other shops do that, but I've never seen it.
The owner is also very nice and very friendly. Of course, this had one drawback - I got nothing written in my journal. :-) I'll survive! I spent over an hour talking to her while I was drinking my tea, Aztec, and Harrar (good thing it was only 3pm when I started). Customers came and went, and she knew what most of them wanted before they were even in the door. I think with me that may end up being the Aztec, although the chai was very good...
*the Mocha Joe's coffee served by The Java Cup is all organic, rather - Mocha Joe's does have non-organic on their website, I see.
Posted by lala412-ivil
at 5:55 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2006 9:56 PM EDT