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Java on Sherman

819 Sherman, Coeur d'Alene, ID - (208) 667-0010
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/13/2014 5:18:00 AM
When Jane and I first came across it some dozen years ago, Java was simply a great coffee house serving such efficient caffeine delivery systems as the Keith Richards (4 espresso shots, coffee, and Mexican chocolate), the Bowl of Soul (espresso, coffee, cinnamon), and the Hammerhead (espresso and more espresso). To accompany the strong coffee there was a small selection of house-made pastries.

In May, 2014, Java moved up the street from its old corner store to new digs that include a broad outdoor patio, lots of indoor seating, and a full kitchen. You still can get terrific pastries: scones, macaroons, croissants, and in particular an abundantly healthful millet muffin just barely sweetened with orange juice and spangled with a thousand sunflower seeds. But now there also is a full menu of serious meals – lunch and breakfast, the latter including broad, fluffy pancakes, from-scratch granola and oatmeal, benedicts and breakfast sandwiches, and sweet potato hash that is laced with chewy squiggles of onion and bits of green pepper. Best of all are donuts, which are made to order and served piping hot with crisp skin that envelops creamy insides. Buy them by the half-dozen or dozen; they are silver-dollar size and available plain or blanketed by cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.

Java is a happy place to be, with a staff that is either hopped up on coffee or just actually perky and glad to be here. Dogs are welcome on the patio; and when we visited, the canine population included the biggest Leonberger I’ve ever seen – near 200 pounds, a teacup-Chihuahua, and a few normal-size bowsers of indeterminate ancestry.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Keith Richards
Millet Muffin
Pancakes
Donuts (6)
Breakfast Croissant
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The breakfast croissant includes eggs, melted cheese, and your choice of bacon, ham or sausage. It comes with delicious sweet potato hash.
"The breakfast croissant includes eggs, melted cheese, and your choice of bacon, ham or sausage. It comes with delicious sweet potato hash."
Michael Stern





'Keith Richards': one of the great coffee drinks. It is made with Stumphouse coffee, espresso, and a dash of Mexican chocolate. Available in 8, 12, and 16-ounce servings.
"'Keith Richards': one of the great coffee drinks. It is made with Stumphouse coffee, espresso, and a dash of Mexican chocolate. Available in 8, 12, and 16-ounce servings."
Michael Stern


Few coffee companions are more welcome than freshly made donuts. Here is a sextet, hot from the fryer.
"Few coffee companions are more welcome than freshly made donuts. Here is a sextet, hot from the fryer."
Michael Stern


This big-top muffin is made with millet and orange juice and crowned with crunchy seeds.
"This big-top muffin is made with millet and orange juice and crowned with crunchy seeds. "
Michael Stern


Big, fluffy pancakes are available plain (pictured here) infused with bacon or Mexican chocolate, or topped with fresh bananas and house-made granola.
"Big, fluffy pancakes are available plain (pictured here) infused with bacon or Mexican chocolate, or topped with fresh bananas and house-made granola."
Michael Stern


Java's sunshiny patio is a fine place to sip, chat, 'n' chew. There is plenty of indoor seating, too.
"Java's sunshiny patio is a fine place to sip, chat, 'n' chew. There is plenty of indoor seating, too."
Michael Stern



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