Jeanie’s Java truly is another of Austin’s hidden gems. I had no idea the coffee shop existed until I stumbled upon on it while visiting the Great Outdoors Nursery with my roommate. Jeanie’s Java blends in with the nursery’s trees and plants, so it took me a minute to realize the building was a coffeehouse.
Jeanie’s Java takes advantage of its location, though. The coffee shop, located at 2730 S. Congress Ave., leases its space from the nursery and is a separate business. The outdoor patio overlooks the nursery’s gardens, allowing patrons to view flowers, plants, trees and yard decorations. The air also feels cleaner due to all of the vegetation.
If you are susceptible to allergies, I’d recommend sitting inside. The indoor seating area is much smaller but still offers a unique dining and coffee drinking experience. There is a chalkboard, which patrons are encouraged to draw on, that spans the length of the coffee shop’s entrance. Using the large pieces of sidewalk chalk provided, I drew on the board as I waited for my food. This made me feel like a kid again.
Jeanie’s Java uses organic beans grown locally in Austin for their coffee. I could taste the quality of the beans in the iced coffee that I ordered. The coffee menu includes drip coffees from Colombia and Peru and a variety of espresso drinks. Jeanie’s Java boasts a large smoothie menu, featuring flavors like Peanut Butter & Jelly and Soy Berry Blast. Chai tea and and organic flavored teas are also available.
The sandwich menu caught my eye, so I ordered a tomato, basil and mozzarella hot-pressed sandwich. Although it took awhile to arrive, the sandwich tasted really good. Jeanie’s Java serves salads in addition to both hot and cold sandwiches.
Jeanie’s Java is the perfect place to enjoy the weather while eating good food and drinking quality coffee. Next time you find yourself out near South Congress, definitely stop by Jeanie’s Java.