A few years ago, my husband Jim and I reviewed Javaman Coffee in Atascocita after a grueling hour of boot camp. Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a burpee, I’m into Zumba now, but Javaman is still brewing up the best coffee and has now opened another location in the Atascocita HEB.
When Jim and I recently ventured back to their original location, owner Mark Norelli was once again greeting customers by name, often knowing what they want to order before they have to say a word.
I was happy to see that the same welcoming feeling, as well as the purple and greenish walls, catchy décor and upbeat music, had not changed over the years.
Javaman Coffee specializes in single origin coffees…they use the top 10% of beans that are imported from El Salvador, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Sumatra. Mark roasts the beans ON-SITE and uses the FRENCH PRESS method of brewing for their daily brew. Jim likes his coffee strong and straight up, I like a little fluff. He had the daily brew and I had one of the seasonal specials-Pumpkin Pie Latte. It only took a sip for Jim to acknowledge this was an exceptional cup of java. I took a sip and, I am no coffee connoisseur, but I swear there was something special in that brew. Mark said he spends a lot of time tweaking the blend to make it taste just right. There’s a lot to be said about getting the beans pretty soon “off the boat,” roasting it fresh in house, creating a blend unique to the taste and then brewing it through a French press. You won’t find that fresh process at those national chains you will drive past to get here.
My latte was an extra special treat-I don’t usually allow the indulgence of whipped cream and whole milk. It was sweet, but not too sweet and I loved sipping it out of the mug. It tasted really rich and the only thing it was lacking was that harsh aftertaste you sometimes taste with other coffees…. must be those specially roasted beans again! Javaman has a wide variety of coffee flavors, including Turtle Latte, Cinnamon Dolce, Ginger snaps, Caramel Coconut Mocha, and Salted Cinnamon White Mocha. Not a coffee drinker?
Javaman is not just about coffee…there are freshly home baked pastries and crepes too. We had the Alba and Misto Frutta Crepes. The Misto Frutta featured fresh strawberries and bananas in a light crepe topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. “This is a sweet treat and it feels light and healthy. The bananas really make it,” said Jim.
I really enjoyed the fruit and the crepe was prepared perfectly. It had just the right amount of fruit, cream and sugar. The Alba crepe was stuffed with eggs, tomatoes, scallions, cheese, ham and crumbled sausage. It is hard to imagine that this too felt light, but it did. The proportion of the ingredients as well as the crafty way they were distributed really allowed for each flavor to complement one another. “You are getting all the food groups here and it doesn’t feel heavy,” said Jim between bites. They also have the Mattina crepe which features eggs and bacon and a Nutella & Banana Crepe that probably tastes as good as it sounds. We also had some of their homemade assorted pastries and cookies. Their Blueberry Muffin is a monster muffin chock full of blueberries and their Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin is sweet and creamy.
My favorite was their original Hootenanny Muffin which has a variety of ingredients, including yellow cake, vanilla pudding and walnuts. The muffin was soft, flavorful and sweet and the muffin top was perfectly crunchy. The texture and taste were wonderful. It’s an old family recipe that Mark’s wife, Melanie, enjoys baking. Melanie bakes all the pastries, including the cinnamon roll that Jim was cutting into while I sipped some more latte. “You can really tell this was homemade…it’s soft, fresh and has the perfect amount of cinnamon,” he said. The same could be said for their Snickerdoodle Cookie… except it was soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. This was not your ordinary Snickerdoodle…and that’s a good thing.
While Jim and I were sipping and savoring, a woman came up to the counter and ordered a Café Au Lait and suddenly, from behind the counter, a chorus of “Ole, Ole Ole Ole” erupted. Apparently, this happens occasionally when an order is placed. Mark said some of his regulars are so used to it, they join in as well. Fun!
Also on their daily menu are authentic New Orleans style Beignets. According to Mark, the beignets, also lovingly prepared by his wife, rival the ones served at Café Du Monde.
A few weeks later, my daughter Jennifer was visiting from Louisiana and as she headed back east we stopped at Javaman Coffee to check out their beignets. Hot, soft, light and smothered with powdered sugar, Jim and I agreed we no longer have to visit our daughter in order to enjoy a good beignet. Jennifer liked the beignets so much she took along a bunch of extra napkins so she can enjoy one on the way home.
Javaman Coffee is located at 8071 FM 1960 Road East, a couple of lights east of West Lake Houston Parkway in the Pinehurst Center. They are open 5:30- 1 pm Monday-Friday; 7 am-1pm on the weekends.
The Javaman Coffee in the Atascocita HEB is located across from the pharmacy. It serves up all the wonderful coffee flavors offered at their store as well as their pastries. You can run in and grab your coffee and hootenanny muffin to go or take them along for a ride through the grocery store. They serve coffee and goodies every day from 6 am to 8 pm!
Visit www.javamancoffee.net for more information.