Merry Merry Merry

And just like that it is December!! 2015 has flown by and now it is the most wonderful time of the year. With the Christmas Tree lighting this past Monday and the Christmas Parade on Thursday, we will be busy cranking out the hot chocolate and goodies! Our baker will be doing what she does best and creating the most delicious of treats for you to munch on while you enjoy the parade! We will be steaming creamy Eggnog for lattes all month long! Whatever your favorite beverage may be, let us make it with a holiday twist!

Shop local and give the gift of coffee with a gift card from the Jolt. Or grab a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans for the caffeine addict in your family! We also have delicious Premium Chocolates by Marich that make great stocking stuffers. And don’t forget teacher gifts! Should I start a list for you?!?

We will be taking pastry & dessert orders for your holiday party or family get together all month long! Make sure to give 24 hours notice

Check out our Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for exciting offerings we will have this month!

Merry Christmas!

This Month at Java Jolt

Did you know we have daily featured drink specials? We have over 40 different flavors by Torani, making specialty drinks a world of endless possibilities. Bavarian Cream Breve, Maple Caramel Mocha, S’more Latte, Pumpkin Chai are just a few of the mouthwatering sippable desserts we can whip up. We love that we can make a drink so specific and uniquely yours. Imagine your favorite treat, whether it is Coconut Cake or Chocolate Chip Cookies, with Torani syrups we can capture that flavor and turn it into the perfect latte.  

This month we are combining the many different flavors that remind us of the Thanksgiving season. Consider adding Cinnamon, Maple, Shortbread, Pumpkin or Caramel Apple to your next latte and drink in the season!

 

** Don’t forget to place your order for muffins, scones, cakes, pies etc for your Thanksgiving festivities!

Fall!

Fall has arrived in full force at the Jolt! This semester we hit the ground running with three new baristas, fresh fall menu, pumpkin everything & new specialty shots! Something about this time of year makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. With the changing leaves, cool breeze & new smells, we love all that this new season brings. When the students return, it is such a unique time for us locals. We get to spend the next few months investing in their lives, even if it is just supporting their coffee habits 🙂 But truly, the town has a different tone, a different pace when school starts back. It is what we look forward to all summer!

There have been lots of community happenings on the Square this season! Between the art events, pumpkin carving & parades, we love to see the Square coming alive, and best of all, people supporting local businesses. This Saturday is the JSU Homecoming parade, one of our favorite community events! We will be stocked with Hot Chocolate, Frio’s, Cider and tons of treats! Make sure to stop in for a Jolt and check out our new retail items like t-shirts, bath bombs & sugar scrubs! At Java Jolt we are all about a little indulgence and that sometimes goes beyond a great cup of coffee & decadent dessert! 

Create Jacksonville – Filling the Voids

Join us this Saturday night from 7-9 for a second art exhibit by Create Jacksonville.  This exhibit will feature a single artist, Katrina Collins, a student at Jacksonville State.  Her show is entitled “Filling the Voids”, and we have a little information about the artist, her show, and an invite from Create Jacksonville!

Katrina Collins moved from California in 2005 to be closer to her parents. After a fruitless search for a job, a friend saw her drawings and suggested she go back to school. Katrina started her education at Jefferson State in Pell City but the bulk of her education and experience has come from her time at Jacksonville State University. She will be graduating from JSU in the fall with her BFA in drawing. Her plans are to further her eduction and pursue an MFA degree and perhaps have a gallery of her own.

Join us for Katrina Collins’ first solo exhibition “Filling the Voids” October 25th at JAVA JOLT COFFEEHOUSE from 7-9PM. This exhibit will feature her unique pen and ink drawings influenced by the human body and nature. There will also be large canvas paintings that Katrina describes as her “therapy”. This is a must see exhibition. We hope you join us for this one night only showing and come enjoy art, coffee and treats on the square.

Attention! Attention!

Does the title have you interested to learn more?  Yes? Good!

Whatever you have planned for Saturday night, cancel it.  You heard me.  Cancel everything.

Saturday night, September 27th from 7-9, you will have the chance to view art created by local artists, and you have to go no further than Java Jolt.  This pop up art exhibit will be brought to you by Create Jacksonville, and you can read all about it below, from a post written by the group’s founder, River Kiener.

The mission of Create Jacksonville is to bring art to the people of Jacksonville Alabama by having monthly art exhibitions in a “pop-up” format. We want to work with local business and building owners to provide a space for each event. In doing so, the people of Jacksonville can experience art without having to leave our city and it is also a great opportunity for artists to exhibit their work.

This month’s show, “Art of Jacksonville”, is an exhibition of art that was made in Jacksonville or by Jacksonville artists. The exhibition was juried by local professor and artist Bryce Lafferty. There is a diverse group of art with mediums ranging from pen and ink all the way to ceramics.

The “Art of Jacksonville” exhibition opens for a one night viewing September 27 from 7-9 PM. There will be coffee and treats available for purchase from Java Jolt’s talented baristas and baker.

Come out for a great opportunity to view art, drink coffee and enjoy our great community.

For more information and ways to stay updated you can follow us on twitter @createjacksonvilleal, Instagram @creatjville or find us on Facebook.

Training Session

So I am WAY behind on my blogging.  And by way behind, I mean we had a training session on July 3rd that I was supposed to blog about…..and I’m just now finishing it up.  I saw this quote recently and I’m pretty sure it was written just for me:

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Anyone else feel this way? Just me?

A few weeks ago, the Java Jolt team was given the opportunity to visit O’Henry’s Coffee Roasters in Birmingham for a training session.  We’ve recently brought in a few new employees, so this was a great way for old members to brush up on their barista skills and new members to get in extra training.

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We tried LOTS of espresso (espresso not eXpresso), in order to understand the importance of running a correct shot.  Many factors affect the quality of your drink, including the grind size, water pressure and filtration, and the running time of the shot.  We tried an under extracted shot that ran too short, which tasted weak.  We then tried an over extracted shot that ran too long, which tasted bitter and had a slightly burnt taste to it.  We then tried several shots that ran the correct amount of time, and we could all taste a difference.  This shot of espresso had good overall body, a pleasant aftertaste, and filled the entire mouth with flavor.

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The benefit of this showed us that tasting the product regularly shows that you care about your guests; that you want to provide them with a great product and a positive experience.

 

Next was snack time!  We got to sample these DELICIOUS Ginger Crunch Bars

 

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All of our team members then got a chance to practice their milk steaming skills!

 

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Our final part of the day was getting to tour their roasting room.  The have two roasters, their very first -The Little Red Roaster (i thought the name was adorable!), which can roast 25 lbs of coffee at a time, and a bigger version which roasts 50 lbs.  The owner explained the entire coffee process, which was really interesting!  Did you know:

  • Coffee is grown in tropical mountainous regions
  • When the coffee “cherries” are ripe, they turn red and are then picked by hand by local farmers
  • Inside ONE cherry is TWO coffee beans; which shows how many cherries must be picked to give one pound of coffee
  • The “roast” of your coffee is determined by the length of time it is roasted; think roasting marshmallows- a light roast is a golden marshmallow, dark roast is a crispy, flaming marshmallow
  • O’Henry’s uses the Swiss water process to decaffeinate their coffee, meaning no chemicals are used!
  • A shot of espresso has 1/3 LESS caffeine than a cup of regular coffee (How many of you are shocked right now??)
  • Coffee is the friendliest beverage!

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As you can see, we had a blast!  We are all super thankful that the O’Henry’s team took the time to provide us with extra training and give us a lesson in how coffee is produced.

I think one of my favorite things that I learned was something they said: “Coffee houses are places to build relationships; it’s about family and friends.  We use the word guests, not customers, because we care.”  Coffee houses are the places we go to to talk out our problems.  They’re where we go to learn, to relax, to escape.  Where we can laugh, cry or pray with friends.  To those that are just passing through, it may just be a place to grab a cup of coffee and be on their way.  But to the regulars, those faces and drinks we have remembered, a local coffee house is home.  We’re friends and family.  And we’re glad that you are part of ours.

 

Grandma’s Cookies

For as long as I can remember, my grandma has been baking my grandpa the same cookies- Oatmeal Raisin.  There was never a time that the cookie jar by her stove wasn’t holding at least one of her homemade cookies, which us grandchildren were only allowed  a small amount.  Those were Grandpa’s cookies, and I can definitely see why.

At first bite, they are crisp, but as you continue to chew, the cookies seem to almost melt in your mouth.  The first flavors you taste are the gentle spice of cinnamon and the caramelized flavor of brown sugar.  Next are the raisins, with their chewy texture and the deep, rich flavor only dried fruit can possess.  The oats give the cookies a delightful texture and a taste of home that sends a smile straight to your heart.  Enjoy one of these warm with an ice cold glass of milk or dunked into your favorite mug of coffee, and you won’t regret it.

I think for me, there’s just nothing better than opening the oven door and smelling that first delicious scent of a freshly baked treat.  It always makes me feel a bit nostalgic.  I remember my dad making homemade cinnamon rolls while doing his best Julia Child impression.  I remember my grandma always having something delicious to snack on.  Maybe it’s the cinnamon that does it, but the smell of homemade cookies makes me feel like a kid again.  It’s the smell of soul soothing, of a hug and a snuggly blanket.  Just like the banana bread, the oatmeal raisin cookies are a recipe from my heart, made with love and a smile-

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“You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made,’ [Chef Bugnard] said. ‘Even after you eat it, it stays with you – always.”
-Julia Child, “My Life in France”