Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Coffee Fix - Java Joe's

How Java Joe's won me over...

I can be very picky about the cafes I choose to visit. If I'm going to frequent a coffee shop, it's gotta meet my high standards. Luckily, Java Joe's met and exceeded my expectations. Here's how they did it...

1. Bottomless Cups of Coffee

When I'm sitting down for a good writing session or working on a new blog, I've got to have easy access to caffeine. Java Joe's delivers with excellent coffee in their signature mugs. I've been known to down more than a few mugfuls in one sitting.

Also, I occasionally opt for an espresso soda -- an interesting concoction of espresso, cream, soda water and your choice of vanilla, almond or coconut.
Espresso Soda from Java Joe's in Albuquerque - a mix of espresso, cream and soda water
The Espresso Soda

2. Daily Specials and Good Food

I'm indecisive by nature. Hand me a menu chock full of options and I'm instantly overwhelmed. So I like a place that takes the time to highlight a special for the day. Because nine times out of ten, that's what I'll end up ordering.

3. Reliable Wi-Fi

It might seem like a small thing but to anyone who's ever booted a laptop in a cafe only to hit a wall understands the importance here.

4. The X-Factor

A cafe can have everything right and still be missing that certain je ne sais quoi. It can be different in each situation but I think one thing Java Joe's has going for it is a love of art and culture. It's evident in the canvasses hanging on the inside and the giant mural covering the walls outside. The occasional musical guest also boosts the atmosphere. It makes Java Joe's the kind of place where I find myself spending hours on end writing, reading and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Mural painted on the outside of Java Joe's in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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