By Graciela Becerra
Java Jazz, located on COM 1.5, is one of the three espresso bars on campus. During the morning of the all-staff breakfast, which took place over winter break on Wednesday, Jan. 13, Java Jazz was nearly empty.
In response to whether or not the coffee shop saw a decline in sales because of the all-staff breakfast, Jessica Olinger, employee at Java Jazz, said, “It’s hard to say because school hasn’t started yet, so our sales aren’t the same. Our sales are cut in half right now because it’s just staff coming in.”
On a usual business day, Olinger estimates that Java Jazz would probably have about 300–350 customers.
“We’re usually busier in the mornings up until lunch time,” said Olinger. “Sometimes we have lines out the door, but they’re recurring customers. We have a lot of regulars.”
Recently, Java Jazz has reduced the amount of sugar in its drinks, and Olinger said nutrition sheets will be available for customers soon.
“From personal experience, our drinks are a lot sweeter than the other coffee shops on campus. I think that’s just because college students enjoy sugar,” said Olinger.
Java Jazz serves a variety of items including coffee, iced teas, specialty drinks, pastries, sandwiches and salads. However, Olinger thinks that their most popular drink is the Carmella.
“People who have never been [here] will usually get a Carmella or mocha,” said Olinger. “And lot of people don’t know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino.”
Java Jazz is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the spring semester. Other espresso bars on campus include Encore Espresso, located in the Carlsen Center lobby, and Vibe, located on the second floor of CLB.