Java Jive: Davao City’s pride

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


"I LOVE IT," replied award-winning television and film actor Dennis Trillo when asked how durian macchiato tasted like.

When told to stir the bottom part in order for the durian pulp to blend with the coffee, he did. And when he sipped it again, he blurted, "Now I can taste the durian!"

Although she doesn't drink coffee, singer and film star Regine Velasquez said she likes the taste of durian macchiato, too.

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She admitted that durian is not her favorite fruit but when it was mixed with coffee, she said, "In fairness, masarap siya."

Both Dennis and Regine were in Davao recently for the 77th founding anniversary of the city. Regine interviewed Dennis for her television show, Sarap Diva. The durian macchiato which the two Kapuso stars tried was one of the coffee drinks served at the Java Jive, located at the Centron Building along Quirino Avenue.

Java Jive is not another cafe but a cafe that can be called as truly from Davao as it not only based in the city but run also by members of a family that were born and grew up in Davao. "I think we are the first to put up such like this in Davao City," said general manager Jairus Rosello.

Aside from durian macchiato, its homegrown flavored coffee, Java Jive also serves are the classic coffee favorites (Classic Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte, Mocha, and White Chocolate Mocha).

But Java Jive doesn't serve only coffee but teas and sodas as well. "Coffee, tea and soda have always been a part in every person's gastronomic journey," Rosello said.

"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.

Regarding teas, Java Jive serves only the basic black and green tea variants grown in Taiwan or Sri Lanka.

To go along with the coffee or tea, Java Jive practices food pairing and meal matching.

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).

During our recent visit, we had the pleasure of tasting those meals. Heading the list of our favorite was the country-style fried chicken.

The "tuna paksiw" 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 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.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 17, 2014.

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