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Juice & Java

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on February 11, 2011

Juice and Java TorontoJuice & Java, despite its name, is more than just drinks and coffee. In fact, as I was scanning over the menu boards at the east-end Beaches café, I was told by one of the regulars that I would have to try a crepe in order to truly appreciate Juice & Java. "They're phenomenal," he said. "I love the apples and brie."

Juice and Java TorontoJuice & Java has several options of both sweet and savory crepes, such as its lemon and sugar ($3.95), Nutella, banana, and berries ($7.95), and grilled chicken with sundried tomatoes, lettuce, and red peppers ($8.95). All of its crepes are made to order, so while my veggie crepe with sundried tomato hummus was being prepared, I sauntered around the café to explore its vibe.

Juice and Java TorontoJuice & Java struck me as an ideal place to work or study, with lots of comfortable seating on its second floor. With its purple-painted ceiling, the second floor loft has a few booths, black armchairs, tables and chairs, and an electric fireplace with books such as Murder for Profit and The Odyssey of Homer on its mantle. In the summertime, Juice & Java sets up seating outside so customers can enjoy their all-natural smoothies in flavours including Mango Tango and Blunana Bliss ($4.99) amidst the dogs and pedestrian traffic of Queen Street East.

Juice and Java TorontoWhen my crepe was ready, I settled at a table by the fireplace and opened the guestbook that was positioned on the shelf. Juice & Java has been in this location for over a year, so I expected lots of detailed reviews. What I got were several entertaining glimpses into people's private lives (one comment read, "Going on vacation with a man I no longer love"), some bible verses, lots of poetry, drawings, and exaltation of all things Juice & Java. "Best smoothies in the land!" "I love the egg salad sandwich!!!" "We are very lucky to have you as a part of our community."

Juice and Java TorontoI, on a similar note, felt very lucky to be devouring my crepe, which was warm and fresh, and very much living up to the hype. The homemade sundried tomato hummus definitely made the combination, both tangy and unique, yet familiar. Paired with one of Java & Juice's coffees or teas, I could see myself spending many an afternoon getting lost in the scribbled anecdotes of The Beaches' neighbourhood community.

Juice and Java TorontoPhotos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

26 Comments

coffeemaan / February 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm
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Pretty much the worst coffee I've had in years!
And my friend tried the so-called, home made soup ,which she said was watery and flavourless!
I'd rather drink a Starbucks if I haven't got the time to get to The
Red Rocket or Te Aro on Queen.
This place is doomed to suffer the same fate as the Second Cup, formerly it at this location!
jay / February 13, 2011 at 01:24 pm
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wifi is never working correctly, bad coffee poor service
IHL / February 13, 2011 at 03:16 pm
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I thought the review of Juice & Java to be bang on. Great job Robyn!

As for coffeeman's response, I think the coffee at Red Rockett and Te Aro is as crappy as the houses in Leslieville.

As to the Starbucks comment- well, it is the largest coffee shop in the friggin world! I guess that is their secret- sell crappy coffee and the customer will come back time and time again right?
bailey / February 13, 2011 at 04:47 pm
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Hey Coffeeman. You're an ass. You're probably the customers that Juice and Java turns away. Starbucks? Typical. Only Starbucks customers would trash local interest. You're all the same. Juice and Java is clearly an independent company with heart and soul. You may try ordering that next time.

Bailey. Beach Customer and local.
coffeeman / February 13, 2011 at 05:18 pm
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It is too bad that the truth is as hard to swallow as the coffee at J&J !
My home is there also,does that mean that I have to settle for crap just because the person
serving it might be nice?
get over it !
Juice and Java: Owner. / February 13, 2011 at 06:16 pm
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First of all, I'd like to thank Robyn for her great blog and Dennis for his great photos. As the co-owner of Juice and Java I have to say that comments like "coffeeman" posted are tough to take, but typical. He's into coffee and we are a made-to-order sandwich, salad and crepe cafe with assorted teas and coffees. We have an excellent customer following and we are very happy with our standards.

In my opinion and many, many other regulars, the coffee is great! Apparently, Robyn had a very good experience while visiting. We address any issues our customers have. We try everyday to keep it going. We are proud of our store and thankful for our customers. So, thank you once again to Robyn, Dennis and all of our customers for supporting local, independent business owners that really care. I welcome all feedback.

Craig. Yes, the real co-owner.
choppery replying to a comment from Juice and Java: Owner. / February 13, 2011 at 07:20 pm
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Hey, what are your usual hours? And do you offer whole-wheat crepes? May drop by this week if you're open late enough.
Craig replying to a comment from choppery / February 13, 2011 at 07:23 pm
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Hey Choppery,

We are looking into whole wheat crepes extensively. Probably available in spring.

Craig.
coffeemaan / February 13, 2011 at 07:24 pm
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Hey Craig,nothing personal. You are correct I do appreciate coffee, such as the Rocket, Te Aro,and Remarkable Bean offer .If you have the word "Java" in your name I would assume that offering a great coffee is part of your mission?
Other than "your opinion" what makes your coffee "great"? I would really like to know,why I found it so inferior?Maybe you can tell me why I have it so wrong ,and "many,many regulars" think it's the best.I am very curious about your coffee knowledge and the product you are serving. Please enlighten me and all my fellow coffee lovers!
Thanks!
Craig replying to a comment from coffeemaan / February 13, 2011 at 07:54 pm
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I didn't say your opinion was wrong, I just feel that you're quick to make comments that are defamatory and destructive. Your coffee interests and passion are your own but not at the expense of others. So enjoy your coffee...man. take care.

Craig.
coffeemaan / February 13, 2011 at 08:20 pm
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YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT YOUR COFFEE?
I GUESS YOU AREN'T THAT PROUD? DEEP DOWN YOU MUST AGREE WITH ME?
I'M SURE SOME OF THE BETTER COFFEE SHOPS WILL SELL YOU WHOLESALE BEANS AND OFFER A FEW TRAINING SESSIONS.
ALL THE BEST CRAIG!
Craig replying to a comment from coffeemaan / February 13, 2011 at 08:31 pm
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i could use lessons in writing comments in capital letters to exaggerate my comments. I believe i made a remark about our coffee in the earlier dialogue.

ex·ag·ger·ate

verb,

1. to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
2. to increase or enlarge abnormally: Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.
–verb (used without object)
3. to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.

UofTea / February 13, 2011 at 08:46 pm
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I am a regular at Juice and Java and it's wonderful. I love my smoked salmon crepe, my latte and mocha cupcake. No real complaints other that the odd crying babies but I hate them crying at the mall too. That's life. Keep up the great work JJ.
piero / February 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm
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I thought this place was about juice and java only. I'd eat there for the crepes! I am partial to the places that specialize in coffee for my java though. Looks much better inside than the second cup ever was. Big improvement.
Teri / February 14, 2011 at 12:03 am
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A great blog. Made my day. Love Juice and Java. I bring my kids there after school. Well, actually... they bring me. Hey JJ, don't listen to negative people, they aren't your focus. You're doing a terrific job. ps. love the cupcakes!

Teri.
kenzee / February 14, 2011 at 08:02 am
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Jane, the kids and I love this place! Once the bedbug rumours turned out to be false,we started going back almost every Saturday.I just have to make sure that the kids increase their gym time on those days they eat the crepes! Keep up the great work JJ !
bigeddie / February 14, 2011 at 08:27 am
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never tried this place,but the food looks tasty. Just saying....If I was the owner I would defend my coffee?
give people a reason to try it?
there's allot of competition out there.
Craig replying to a comment from bigeddie / February 14, 2011 at 09:29 pm
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ok, big eddie. Our coffee. We went through several tastings to get our top 5. Mocha Java blend, Dark Roast, Sumatra Fair Trade, Hazelnut Vanilla, Irish Cream and more. We love our coffee and so do our customers. We tried dozens and decided on what we have now. We could carry 50 different kinds but we are not a specialty coffee house. We are a cafe. Further to Coffeemaan's request... I don't like Starbucks coffee, it's too strong but I don't believe its bad coffee, just not my taste. I am not alone on this. My angle is cafe and customers first. I don't want to get into some endless discussion with crazy coffee heads. That's it. A reason to try our coffee? We believe is very good coffee, we grind it fresh in-house from the bean. To each their own.

All the best big eddie.

Craig.
suziecue / February 15, 2011 at 02:01 pm
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I really miss the Second Cup.
beachbuzz replying to a comment from suziecue / February 15, 2011 at 02:55 pm
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Hey Suziecue. Tofino, formerly Second Cup, Juice and Java formerly a Second Cup location. With customers like you, it's not wonder they are both out of business. Do JJ a favour and stay away. We want them to stay!

Hey Juice and Java, beware of Suziecue!
johnnyBoy / February 15, 2011 at 07:52 pm
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last week we ordered 2 crepes to go and when we got home my girl friend found a p- hair in hers? we assumed that wasn't a menu choice ?
needless to say we took "JJ " off our list.
JohnnyBoy / February 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm
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Ooops that was crepes Cheri , sorry our mistake .
kim_b replying to a comment from johnnyBoy / February 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm
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Hello JohnnyBoy,

I hardly think that a "p-hair" made it's way up and on your crepe. What a bunch of bullshit! I get my sandwiches to go aswell and I haven't had any issues. They make everything fresh, so "p-hairs" don't seem to be flying through the air. I am only commenting because I found your only contribution to the blog to be so ridiculously destructive. I hope they sue your ass to the stone ages.

JJ, keep it going!
Dixie / February 16, 2011 at 12:17 am
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I agree Kim, but it looks like they already retracted their b.s. ?
JohnnyBoy / February 16, 2011 at 12:52 am
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I love their dark roast and chocolate cupcakes.I try to stop by at least twice a week on my way to the office. It makes the beach a great place to live.I wish there were more indie businesses this great in Toronto.
sarah replying to a comment from coffeemaan / August 10, 2011 at 08:12 pm
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I love the caramel royal coffee! What's great about Juice and Java is that the coffee is always fresh, delicious and affordable and the staff is fantastic because they know how to treat a customer. The store is always clean because the staff are always moving about and cleaning! This is the perfect spot to study for exams, meet a friend or share a crepe on a romantic date!

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