So I am ashamed to say that I am woefully unfamiliar with the downtown area. As a matter of coincidence, my life in ABQ just hadn't led me to that neck of the woods... until recently. I suddenly find being introduced to all kinds of new places all over ABQ.

This mornings discovery was Java Joe's around 9th and park. I immediately fell in love with the place when I first went for nostalgic reasons. It reminded me of some of the coffee houses I used to lurk in during my college years. Cramped, crowed, cheery and full of good smells. The place was packed with people even at 9:30 in the morning. A large number of whom were road cyclists. Obviously this is a place where they convene for burritos after a long ride... which to me seems like a recipe for digestive disaster, but thats me.

Anyway, the thing that i really enjoyed was the coffee. GREAT coffee. Just the right balance of robustness and flavor, without the esophigal erosion that I usually get form (bleh) starbucks. I also had a blueberry muffin that was uncommonly good. It tasted like it had just been baked and not been sitting around for a week like something you would get at (bleh) starbucks. I dont know if Joe's bakes their own goods, I doubt it, but wherever they get their foodstock from, it was good. AND it was CHEAP. 4 dollars for the whole affair. Plus, I really liked little community coffee shop vibe that it had. Although its a little out of my way, Im sure Ill be going back there again.

http://www.downtownjavajoes.com/

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Tags: coffee, community, java, joe's, muffins

Comment by terraambient on August 18, 2008 at 3:23pm
that sounds good. Ill have to try that out as well. Re: hair - well fortunately I found no hair in my muffin. I was more disturbed be the arterial spray on the wall of the building facing Joe's... Jill will confirm. :)
Comment by diane on August 18, 2008 at 6:25pm
i definitely went to joe's more often when i lived downtown. like them, like their mocha and my state farm agent's office (the awesome francis harding) has sent me a java joe's gift certificate every year for the past 11 years for my birthday! so its my excuse to get out of the 'hood and make a little trip downtown. you should also hit the grove, on central at walter. BEST coffee in town (their beans are from one of THE best roasters on the planet, in my humble opinion, intelligentsia). that is one of my favorite meeting places in town. you'll have a bigger bill and different atmospheric experience - but it's well worth it. their mochas rock my universe.
Comment by terraambient on August 18, 2008 at 10:42pm
Yes, I actually just met the owner of the grove. I didn't know they did coffee though. I'll be sure to check that out! Thanks for the tip.
Comment by Cupcake Pharaoh on August 19, 2008 at 9:55am
I agree totally that Harvard ain't what it used to be, but there IS still Winnings and they have good coffee and AMAZING chai tea. and Kai's Kung Fu Cafe is awesome (delicious AND cheap lunch specials)! and El Patio serves some mean enchiladas (although i'd stay away from the chicken fajitas. my fiance got sick off of them the last 2 times in a row that he had 'em.)...
Comment by RiRiSynCyr on August 19, 2008 at 11:22am
I thought I saw a sign on Harvard that they were putting in a Cheba Hut? There is one in Tempe, AZ. When I worked down there I couldn't get enough of it! they must put crack in the bread or something....it's flippin' good and addictive!

as for downtown coffee....another DCFer once told me that the little coffee stand on Mountain just east of sunshine cafe was also really good. It looks like a mini old gas station. I never remember the name of the place, and always try to go by when it's closed.
Comment by Animalib on August 19, 2008 at 6:40pm
i don't think i am fastidious. i have three long haired cats and two dogs. there is hair everywhere, including my food. i just don't want some dude's hair in my food especially if that is his job, and livelihood. Not to mention it violates all kinds of health codes. Also the lack of courtesy when i complained. They treated me like it was MY fault that there was hair in my food. And no, it wasn't hair I brought with me. It was long and black. (too long and too black to belong to me or any of my critters).

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