Java Break has been caffeinating Lawrence 24 hours a day for 20 years. To celebrate the milestone anniversary in 24/7 fashion, the funky, half-underground coffee shop at Seventh and New Hampshire streets is offering half-price everything from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday.
When it comes to coffee shops, Java Break is like the anti-Starbucks. It’s one-of-a-kind from the retro diner tables and swag lamps (collected through the years by owner Derek Hogan), to the kooky seasonal drink posters behind the counter starring Java Break employees, to its signature coffee drinks and baked-in-house sweets and sandwiches. And let’s not forget the computerized cereal bowl randomizer on the Cereal Bar.
Hogan said “good coffee, good food and a lot of homemade products” have helped the shop stay in business. With the exception of a few months shortly after it opened, Java Break has always been open ‘round the clock.
“We’re not cookie-cutter,” Hogan said. “There’s a lot of competition in this town; you’ve got to stay fresh and unique.”
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For the second time in two weeks, Lawrence has landed a spot on a Zagat list.
Our very own Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St., is representing Kansas on Zagat’s latest online roundup, “The United States of Caffeine: 50 States, 50 Must-Try Coffee Shops.” It's No. 16 on the slideshow list, revealed Wednesday on the Zagat blog.
Here’s what caught the judges' attention:
“Lawrence has no shortage of cool-kid coffee shops, but Java Break is unique thanks to the 24-hour coffee-flowing-though-your-veins service. The ultra-kitschy decor is loved by hipster college kids sticking Starbucks to the man, and their drinks, like the cult-ish Hazelnut Chai, are made from scratch without preservatives or corn syrup. Bonus: there’s a cereal bar with a slew of toppings.”
I'm an almond milk latte gal myself and haven't tried the chai, but I'll vouch for the rest of this writeup. If you missed our recent Off The Beaten Plate feature on their Cereal Bar, check it out here.
The other Zagat mention? That would be Burger Stand making its "Best Burgers in 25 Cities" list.