Texas Java is the highly anticipated coffee house that opened its doors in Belton this past July. It’s about a mile from campus, and for many, it has been a godsend.
Temple used to be the nearest place to find a coffee house, but now that has changed.
Junior Christi Williams said, “I love it because it’s more convenient than driving all the way to Temple for Starbucks.”
It’s suitably placed in the Oak Ridge shopping center on Main street, next to a popular sandwich shop.
People from the surrounding businesses are always stopping in for a quick cup of coffee.
Java is in full operation, and the community has welcomed it with open arms.
It is, however, more than a coffee shop. Not only does it have a wide variety of coffee, but they also sell fruit smoothies, soft drinks, an assortment of cakes and pastries and even Blue Bell ice cream.
Java is also a good place for students to study and do homework.
Charles Rayburn McRae, an alum of the university, said, “It’s very peaceful, and the staff is learned in their trade.”
The mood is laid back, and the urge to get classroom assignments accomplished is strong with the help of an affordable caffeine rush.
The shop also offers free wireless Internet for people who bring in their laptops, iPhones or other wireless devices; and with more than 10 tables and a few comfortable couches, there is plenty of space to go around.
The atmosphere seems to be a common reason why students enjoy the place.
Williams said, “The staff is very friendly and personal. They’re not like (others), who just want to get you in and get you out.”
A good reason for that is most of the staff are current students of the university.
Senior Asa Crow, an employee said, “all but one” of Java’s employees are UMHB students.
The staff is made up of 10 workers. A few of the popular drinks they offer are the Chi Tea
Smoothie, White Mocha frap, and flavored pecan coffee.
Another feature is that the java can be made hot or chilled. They even have a special cold blend that keeps the frozen coffee from melting too quickly.
Customers even have the option of the color straw they would like to drink their coffee or smoothie with. It’s the little things that makes this spot so inviting to college students.
Before Texas Java came along, the university had its very own coffee house called The Daily Grind. It was equipped with coffee, treats, various soft drinks and games.
Unfortunately, the hours of operation were limited, and much of the student population was unaware of its existence.
Java, however, is available seven days a week. Doors open bright and early at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, they’re open from 1 to 11 p.m.
Assistant Professor, Dr. Anita Coffey, holds her small Intermediate Spanish 2 class at Java from time to time.
“The atmosphere is calm and comfortable. There’s enough space to have a class without feeling you’re bothering anyone,” she said. “They are very accommodating.”