What’s the what up? Balloons, always balloons with Javista:
The state of the café in 2014


We’ve been open for over a year, and we can’t believe it - also, it’s been so frikkety long since we last blogged (although we have been talking on our twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts), and we can’t believe that, either. Happy New Year (already over halfway into the first month…)

So, we had our first year birthday (in early December) since we last talked, and that’s about the age we act. ; ]

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In honor of our birthday, we added some things, and expanded some others. Our closing hour is now 8:00p (except Sundays, which remains 7:00p) and we’ve expanded our lunchtime hours for sandwich-making to 11:00a - 6:00p.

We added a fresh Vegan Delight Sandwich, filled to bursting with avocado, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens and bruschetta. We’ve also added herbalicious matcha (a powdered green tea), which you can order in three versions: ceremonial, latté, or Gibraltar. (Try it on ice, too - uplifting.)

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Some fun stuff happened during our birthday celebrations: we started out by offering free coffee drinks for $1 all day, and we saw our lines going out the door and down the block.

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Then we received this very shiny certificate from the City of L.A., thanking us for our contributions to the neighborhood, and for operating with “fair-trade and sustainable business practices”. (We love its Battlestar Galactican corners…) This really *made* our day.

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Towards the end of the day, Javista owners and workers (minus one):

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… released our balloons into the air, with a certificate promising free Javista treats to anyone who found them and brought them to us. (No takers so far…)

And then we captured a bright shot of the reason that Sunset Blvd. is called Sunset.

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We hope this year will be as coffee-filled and delicious as 2013 was.

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(News coming soon about our next gallery opening in February… stay tuned.)

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Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Sandwiches and Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Our hours are 7:00a-8:00p daily (except Sunday, when we close at 7:00p). Digitally located on javistacafe.com & tumblr, twitter, instagram, Yelp, Facebook, etc. We opened in the Real World in December, 2012 at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

Now at JAVISTA: “CONTRAST: The Music Photography of Greg Allen”

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Mike Ness of Social Distortion, taken in March of 1989, and used as the back cover of their eponymous 1990 album on Epic Records. Photo Ⓒ Greg Allen/GAPD

Heya, friends and caffeinated followers! As promised, we’re announcing our next Javista gallery opening, and *you* are invited - and when we say “gallery”, we mean “the two lovely Javista brick walls on which we can hang art”. #Swanky

On Friday evening, September 27th at 8:00pm, we’ll be hosting a wine & cheese art opening, showing some of the photographs of one of our favorite L.A. photographers: “CONTRAST: The Music Photography of Greg Allen”.

Graphic designer and photographer Greg Allen has spent his professional career immersed in images of musicians making music. He has designed records, CDs, books, and posters for major record and film companies, as well as capturing, through photography, music at its inception in the studio and in concert. His photographs at Javista will be a glimpse through the multifaceted lens of Allen’s career. 

[More of his work can be seen at www.gapd.com, and at Omnivore Recordings (www.omnivorerecordings.com), the entertainment group of which he is a founder/partner.]

Find us at javistacafe.com, on Yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/javista-organic-coffee-bar-los-angeles, on twitter at https://twitter.com/JavistaCoffee, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JavistaCoffee, instagram at http://instagram.com/Javista and googlemap https://plus.google.com/117966553495096977762/about?gl=us&hl=en

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Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Sandwiches and Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Our hours are 7a-7p daily. Currently digitally located on javistacafe.com, tumblr and twitter, etc. We opened in the Real World on 12/10/12 at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

I am often struck by this. Too little awareness of this: sociopathy. Too much: paralyzing borderlessness. Just the right amount: empathy.

I am often struck by this. Too little awareness of this: sociopathy. Too much: paralyzing borderlessness. Just the right amount: empathy.

Oh, Auntie Beeb, how you teaze us.
BBC: WE HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!
Everyone: ...what is it?
BBC: IT'S A SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT. WE'LL ANNOUNCE IT AT MIDNIGHT.
*midnight*
BBC: WE HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!
Everyone: ...yes, BBC?
BBC: WE HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE NEW DOCTOR!
Everyone: We know that, BBC. Are you going to announce it?
BBC: WE HEREBY ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL ANNOUNCE OUR ANNOUNCEMENT ON SUNDAY!
Everyone: Can we have a trailer for the 50th anniversary?
BBC: NO. YOU CAN HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. IN THREE DAYS.
Everyone: But you showed it at-
BBC: ANNOUNCEMENT. SUNDAY.
Everyone: Actually we've known that all d-
BBC: ANNOUNCEMENT!!
Alexandra Manukyan - an art opening at Javista - this Friday! June 21st, 2013


Javista will be featuring the *gorgeous* paintings of Alexandra Manukyan at the café, starting this Friday, June 21st - drop by at 8:00p to meet her, enjoy her work, and join us for some bites and beverages.

To see more of her extraordinary art, visit her FB page or her site - and join us at the café - this Friday night or anytime.

Here’s another taste:

Find us at javistacafe.com, on Yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/javista-organic-coffee-bar-los-angeles, on twitter at https://twitter.com/JavistaCoffee, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JavistaCoffee, instagram at http://instagram.com/Javista and googlemap https://plus.google.com/117966553495096977762/about?gl=us&hl=en

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Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Sandwiches and Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Our hours are 7a-7p daily. Currently digitally located on javistacafe.com, tumblr and twitter, etc. We opened in the Real World on 12/10/12 at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

Record Store Day! Spaced Out Album Covers! Awning! Caramels! The Game of Coffee.

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Once again, it’s been Forever since last we blogged, and stuff has happened, is happening, and will be happening.

To begin with, tomorrow, April 20th is Record Store Day - which has celebrated independent record stores since 2007.

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Javista, in collaboration with Omnivore Recordings and Amoeba Music, has created a celebratory cross-promotion which gives you a free drink - espresso-based, coffee, tea, cocoa: whatever! - for shopping at Amoeba Records, and brings you into our café to see the beyond-cool “Spaced Out!” exhibit of rare, space-themed album covers. (The free drink is offered with your purchase of premium pastry or sandwich.)

Omnivore Recordings producer Cheryl Pawelski has collected these gorgeous and occasionally-hilarious record covers for years, and generously shared part of her much larger exhibit with us at Javista - thirteen of our favorites are on our cafe walls for the next month for our first art show using our NEW museum-quality hanging system.


What else? Well, we’ve added some delicious new handmade treats to our pastry shelves, including tender salted caramels (below), and the deeply-rich espresso fudge and flourless pecan cookies.

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Our protective awning, up for a few months, has finally been labeled, and now both protects our customers from the sun, and identifies us for passing pedestrians and cars as they whiz by on Sunset Blvd.

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Our favorable Yelp reviews have gone off the charts - we’re so grateful to our customers who’ve taken the time to write about their favorite Javista offerings, and their happiest impressions of our place. These reviews have been more than we ever could’ve hoped for, and they’ve helped us so much. The joint is jumpin’.

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Finally: It is known - when you play the Game of Coffee, you either win, or you are insufficiently caffeinated.

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(You can make your own “Games of Thrones” sigil here.)

Find us at javistacafe.com, on Yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/javista-organic-coffee-bar-los-angeles, on twitter at https://twitter.com/JavistaCoffee, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JavistaCoffee, instagram at http://instagram.com/Javista and googlemap https://plus.google.com/117966553495096977762/about?gl=us&hl=en

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Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Sandwiches and Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Our hours are 7a-7p daily. Currently digitally located on javistacafe.com, tumblr and twitter, etc. We opened in the Real World on 12/10/12 at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

Open!?! You bet yer mocha we are.

Heavens, lawds, holy moly, it’s been a while since we last blogged. Last time we did, we weren’t even open - I don’t think our sign was up yet:

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…and now we’ve been VERY BISY SELLING DELICIOUS STUFF for over 5 weeks. (We did what is known as a “soft open”, with an Official Opening to be announced in some weeks from now. This gives us more time to experiment on y’alls.)

Hopefully you’ll forgive us when you see what we’ve been up to.

Oh the busy!! The joint is often jumping.

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Naturally now that we have actual customers, we’ve further expanded our menu with help from their tastes and input, and we’ve developed some favorites (our Gibraltar and our Nutella Mocha (below) come to mind).

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The Nutella Mocha has been hugely popular, probably because it requires the plentiful application of plenty of the below, which is pretty much always a Good Thing.

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(We have other items off-menu as we continue to explore & refine, so be sure to ask us if there are any interesting off-menu drinks or other creations when you visit. You won’t regret it. And our menu is not up on our site yet - it will be once we feel satisfied that it has settled into something constant.)

In January we added sandwiches to our menu - they began marching off the shelves the moment we began. [Not literally, which would be weird.] Apparently working folks & residents in the area have really been craving a new lunch source. We’re happy to oblige.

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We got some online coverage early on, which was very welcome & helpful…

"Javista Joins Growing Roster of Indie Coffee Bars in L.A"

Taza, Javista, 8 Espressos Heat Up LA’s Coffee Wars

… and we are so grateful that our Yelp reviews & tips have been stellar. Yelp being Yelp, though, they’ve arbitrarily filtered three reviews.

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So in conclusion: our press is good, our customers satisfied, some happy regulars are emerging, some of our best friends and favorite people have already visited, our hours and menu are settling down, our baristas are great and better every day, and business grows BIGGER every day. We’ve added some yummy stuff to our bakery (though this shot doesn’t show the half of ‘em)…

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And all we’re really waiting for now is for you to come in. ; ]

Tell yer friends. More later, and soon.

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(To our Kickstarter supporters - please, we implore you, be patient w/ us, because we are busy and crazy… but we haven’t forgotten you. And those that opted for coffee/tea perks, you should have received your Urth rewards already. Do let us know if not.)

Find us at javistacafe.com, on Yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/javista-organic-coffee-bar-los-angeles, on twitter at https://twitter.com/JavistaCoffee, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JavistaCoffee, and on instagram at http://instagram.com/Javista. We are still “pending approval” on Google Local business listings & GoogleMap, but we should appear shortly.

Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Sandwiches and Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Our hours are 7a-7p daily. Currently digitally located on javistacafe.com, tumblr and twitter, etc. We opened in the Real World on 12/10/12 at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

Javista map

Located just a few blocks east of Highland Ave.

One inspection away from: heaven!!

Possibly I exaggerate. Our version of heaven, anyway…

Heaven for us will be: all inspections passed, everything all finished & shiny & cleaned up, our lovely & talented baristas & sammich-makers fully-trained (we have a great bunch of folks - we’re so happy with ‘em) and the doors OPEN!! Open like sesame.

We’re so close, we can taste it. And it tastes like: mocha.


(Photo by Eric T. Gunther/via Wkikpedia/Creative Commons license)

Our final FINAL FINAL inspection is next week - the last of many health & building & safety inspections. When we pass it, we may consider our doors freed to open.

We’ve gotten supplies in.


And they are building our railing for our outdoor seating. (This is getting covered with decorative wood-weavings, just as in Javista’s interior.)


BTW, Sunday was the annual Christmas parade in Hollywood, and we handed out discount coupons and watched the sights. Here are some of our favorite Big Balloons.







(Kermit reflected in Javista’s window. We believe he wants to eat us.)


So, mes amis, we have passed the beginning, the end of the beginning, all of the the middle bits, the beginning of the end, and we’re nearing the very end of the very end. Light, so to speak, illuminating the end of the tunnel.


And then our work really begins. ; ] We’ll keep you posted…



(To our Kickstarter supporters - your premiums are being made as we speak. We’ll keep you apprised…)

Find us at javistacafe.com, on twitter at https://twitter.com/JavistaCoffee and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JavistaCoffee

Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Currently digitally located on javistacafe.com, tumblr and twitter, and coming in December to the Real World at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

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Located just a few blocks east of Highland Ave.

Mostly Almost Really Really Built. Srsly.

Insert smiley-face of your choice here. ‘Cos it’s TRUE.

While maybe not as dramatic as some other historic constructions:

First London Coffeehouse

First London Coffeehouse


…we did have some exciting moments. This is our AC unit getting crane-lowered onto our roof.


But really - our transformation just below is equally as dramatic. There’s only about a month’s worth of MUCH work between the Before and the After.


What else? Well, we’ve hired our baristas and sandwich-makers, passed about eleventy-billion more inspections, bought small equipment & dishes, and are final-planning our menus and lining up our vendors. We have yet more major inspections to pass next week, with our final finals - both health inspection and building & safety - scheduled for mid-week after the holiday.

Cross your fingers for us. Once we pass these inspections, we’ll start planning the openings. And of course, we’ll tell you.

Oh, and for any of you wondering what we’ll have for you if you don’t drink coffee: in addition to lovely fresh-made sammiches and pastries - here’s just a limited sampling… (photo by Debora Roventini)…


We’ll have a wide range of lovely aromatic Urth tea:


So Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy. We’ll see you afters.

And we’ll see you at Javista soon. Srsly.

You can also find us on twitter at https://twitter.com/JavistaCoffee and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JavistaCoffee

Javista Organic Coffee Bar. Exceptional Organic Coffees & Teas. Fresh Artisanal Baked Goods. Stylish & Comfortable Setting. By Whedon Fans. Located in The Hungry Heart of Hollywood. Currently digitally located on javistacafe.com, tumblr and twitter, and coming in December to the Real World at 6707 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323.464.6707.

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Located just a few blocks east of Highland Ave.

Here’s our Javista Kickstarter blooper reel. The video is short - less than 3.5 minutes - and only the first two minutes are blooper-iffic; the last section is the Backer Roll, preserved for all time, with our thanks for everyone’s generosity, perseverance, and patience with our constant nattering. ; ]

(And if you’re a backer & somehow we managed to get your name wrong, please please don’t hate us. We worked very hard to make sure there were no errors, but Stuff Happens.)

Most backers are family and friends - but some aren’t, or aren’t close, or haven’t known us long, or have never met us - and yet such a melange-y patchwork of wonderful folks helped us to achieve our espresso dream. It was really: wonderful, and we were totally floored.

The espresso machine is coming (and getting installed - it’s a Whole Big Thing, with calibration & attendants and whatnot, maybe even a ritual sacrifice with coffee. ; ] ) We’ll post pictures of it then.

And in case you wondered, the song playing is "The Look" by Metronomy. It’s a favorite “up” song here at Javista. (Plus the video has: duckies!) And the hat? Well, the hat is the Whedon-y stuff of legends. This particular one was crafted by Ma Cobb of Canada; her Etsy store is here.

(BTW, never fear - backer premium questionnaires will be coming shortly. Oh my ears and whiskers. So much to do. But we haven’t forgotten because: we never will. So: soon.)