It’s spring. Finally. And love is in the air. And if you love coffee, you will love the fact that Java Love Coffee Roasters (founded in 2011 by Jodie Dawson and Kristine Petrik in Bethel, NY) has opened in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. This funky little café is located at 244 Bellevue Avenue, right next to the Bellevue Theater and Anderson Park.
It’s been open about a week and there’s already a scene building. First and foremost, the coffee is good. Jodie and Kristine only source green beans that are sustainably farmed, organic, fairly traded, rain forest certified—and in the case of decaf bean, water processed. Plus, in addition to coffee, tea, espresso drinks, chai and juices, there is a nicely stocked array of gluten-free vegan, healthy, yummy food---from baked goods to salads to sandwiches. The vegan orange cranberry organic cookie is especially delicious.
According to Jodie, “We try to source as many healthy, natural products as possible. Freshly baked goods, sandwiches, and salads arrive every morning from Little Daisy Bakery and Montclair Bread Company. Other food products are sourced as locally and regionally as possible from NJ and NY purveyors and artisans. All our dairy is from Five Acre Farms, which sources its dairy from local farmers that only have sustainable practices.”
Evidence of Java Love’s artisanal coffee-related sensibilities are everywhere. On display and on sale are coffee soap, mugs, Java Love t-shirts and coffee-sack pillows. The space is comfortable, wood-planked, airy and well-lit. The vibe is positive, productive and very coffee- and tea-focused.
Now getting back to the coffee, it’s really very good. They pay close attention not only to how the beans are sourced and roasted, but also to the attributes of each cup, with specific attention paid to acidity, flavor, body and aroma.
It’s going to be a fun summer at Java Love Montclair. They are hoping to have special events, music, coffee tastings and more!
Here's an interesting piece of metaphorical coffee wisdom from Jodie and Kristine...
"Like wines, coffee from different regions tastes uniquely different. The sweet, fruity taste of a Riseling is a world apart from dry, hard Bordeaux. Similarly, the wake-me-up snap of a Kenya AA is distinctively different from a smooth, deep-bodied Sumatra Mandheling."