Johnstown Java Jams or…Jesus’ Juke Joint?Posted: October 31, 2009
Last night I decided that I would start my Saturday morning with a back roads drive, a cup of coffee, my camera, and eventually a small town coffee shop.
It was one of the few nights I slept past 3 am, and woke up shortly after 5. I took my time getting ready, but was out the door within an hour. My first destination was to be a quaint little coffee shop off Taft and Highway 402 in Loveland, but I was unable to find it. What I did “wanderabout” upon was Schmidt’s Bakery where I found coffee and an apple pastry. I believe that I was divinely guided to start my day there.
The sun would be my next destination, so I headed east, finding a road that must’ve been muddy yesterday with the melting snow, which was now frozen. This took me on a slight incline where I found myself between two fields – one on the east where the sun was just beginning to rise, the other as the foreground to a view of the Rocky Mountains. Morning heaven. Coffee, apple pastry, Nickelback in the background, and the sunrise. Yes, I’m living heaven on earth this morning.
After taking a few moments to enjoy the break of dawn, I hopped back in The Bluebird (my car), and headed toward Johnstown. I was able to find an eclectic little coffee shop right away – Johnstown Java Jams. The sandwich board outside caught my eye, so I turned my car around, parked, and headed in for a cuppa. A non-profit coffee shop that features live music on the weekends.
Dana, the “coffee shop curator” greeted me and gave me a brief overview, but Larry and Bob, a couple of locals, filled me with information about the coffee house. They referred to it as 3 J’s, and pointed out that it could also be known as Jesus’ Juke Joint and told me about Mississippi Blues roots in that nickname. Music, coffee, and community seem to be what flows freely and easily here.
This is a non-profit business that benefits everyone, not just the youth in the area. A retired group meets here on Friday mornings, a young woman who’s working on her undergrad in international business sets up her laptop every Saturday morning, and there’s a group of about eight locals who have gathered around the coffee bar area. Discussions range from family reunions to economics to the coffee itself. What’s so wonderful about the conversations I hear is the lack of pity party about the economy and more about how people are looking at making changes to overcome hardships.
What a beautiful, friendly place to sit and enjoy a cuppa for a few hours, just outside the Land of Love. I must say, the people here and around the Loveland area are some of the most friendliest I’ve met in Colorado.
www.3jscoffeehouse.org – Johnstown’s Java Jams!