Coffee break at JavaJive-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
THESE days, people love to drink coffee. Even after a hearty meal, a cup of hot coffee is almost always a welcome treat. In the midst of a meeting or conference, you can smell the aroma of a coffee.
In Davao City, you can find a coffee house in every corner. Go to a mall, and you can taste various kinds of coffee. They now come in different sizes and flavor -- yes, even a durian coffee is available.
But if you want coffee even in the middle of the night, go to the JavaJive located at Centron Building in Quirino Avenue. Mind you, this cafe which is truly Davao in nature -- as it is based in Davao and run by a family doesn't serve only coffee but tea and soda as well.
"Coffee, tea and soda have always been a part in every person's gastronomic journey," says Engr. Jarius Rosello, the general manager of the cafe. "In Java Jive, we promise better coffee, tea and soda selections to match the best cafe experience."
The coffee beans JavaJive uses are locally produced and harvested from the country's best coffee farms. "Depending on the type of coffee preparation (either brewed or espresso), we use the highest quality of Arabica and Robusta coffee in their purest extracts or in perfect mixed forms," Rosello informs.
"Comparing the local and foreign coffee supplies, we guarantee that our coffee beans are prepared and distributed by competent Filipino suppliers who strictly follow excellent food sanitation procedures, storage and handling," he adds.
On the kinds of coffee JavaJive offers, it serves the classic coffee favorites (Classic Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte, Mocha, and White Chocolate Mocha). It also concocts its homegrown flavored coffee, the Durian Macchiato, which this author really likes.
Regarding teas, JavaJive o serves only the basic black and green tea variants grown in Taiwan or Sri Lanka. "Whether it's a multiple variations from the black, green, red, white and oolong teas to decaffeinated mixes of dried fruits and flowers, our tea line gives customer a unique tour to the world's best tea farms," Rosello claims.
But coffee, teas, and pastries and cakes are not the only items you can order at JavaJive. You can even eat staple meals, which Rosello calls as OPM (original Pinoy meals). "OPM gives a gourmet twist on our favorite Pinoy meals," he says.
During our recent visit, we had the pleasure of tasting those meals. Heading the list of our favorite was the country-style fried chicken. It was cooked in a way that you want for more. Mouth-watering was not apt to describe it; it was more than that.
The "tuna paksiw," described as "Mameng's favorite," was something unusual; a big slice of tuna was placed on top of eggplants with topping of different spices. Curiously enough, it was served with fried rice (loaded with sliced vegetables) that was placed inside a glass. I had a good time eating it.
I was also given a spaghetti bolognes, which Italian connoisseurs may find palatable. I ended my meal with the Davao cheesecake, flavored with city's fruit icon, the durian. Of course, there was that Durian Macchiato that went along with it.
Come October 20, JavaJive will celebrate its second year.
But makes JavaJive unique is it's a product of love for music, food, family, and a passionate Dabawenyo spirit. "Here, you can have a taste of traditional coffee, tea, and soda mixes -- all with a Davao touch," Robello says.
In addition, JavaJive also offers music to its customers. "We are open 24 hours each day, seven times a week," Robello points out.
If you're wondering where the name comes from, well, remember the Ink Spots song popularized in the 1940s? It goes this way: "I love coffee, I love tea, I love the Java Jive, and it loves me." These lyrics, Robello says, "have become part of the JavaJive team's inspirational and motivational maxims."
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 04, 2013.