'United States of Caffeine': Lawrence coffee shop represents Kansas on Zagat list

Brenna McKedy, a Kansas University junior from Garden City, left, works on homework near the cereal bar at Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St. Sarina Geist, right, store manager, says cereal bars are popular on the coasts and suit Java Break’s college-age clientele.

Brenna McKedy, a Kansas University junior from Garden City, left, works on homework near the cereal bar at Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St. Sarina Geist, right, store manager, says cereal bars are popular on the coasts and suit Java Break’s college-age clientele. by Mike Yoder

For the second time in two weeks, Lawrence has landed a spot on a Zagat list.

Our very own Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St., is representing Kansas on Zagat’s latest online roundup, “The United States of Caffeine: 50 States, 50 Must-Try Coffee Shops.” It's No. 16 on the slideshow list, revealed Wednesday on the Zagat blog.

Here’s what caught the judges' attention:

“Lawrence has no shortage of cool-kid coffee shops, but Java Break is unique thanks to the 24-hour coffee-flowing-though-your-veins service. The ultra-kitschy decor is loved by hipster college kids sticking Starbucks to the man, and their drinks, like the cult-ish Hazelnut Chai, are made from scratch without preservatives or corn syrup. Bonus: there’s a cereal bar with a slew of toppings.”

I'm an almond milk latte gal myself and haven't tried the chai, but I'll vouch for the rest of this writeup. If you missed our recent Off The Beaten Plate feature on their Cereal Bar, check it out here.

The other Zagat mention? That would be Burger Stand making its "Best Burgers in 25 Cities" list.

Java Break’s Minty Hot Chocolate.

Java Break’s Minty Hot Chocolate. by Nick Krug

Comments

benjamindehoog 1 year, 6 months ago

I never liked Java Break. The best thing they have going for themselves is the 24 hours. The music is too loud and sporadic, the place is usually full of annoying customers. The coffee isn't fresh. The cereal has corn syrup. They are internet sticklers. I much prefer the Pig, J and S, Z's, Dunn Brothers, or even Scooters for that matter. If they could be more like Hard Times, or the Beat in Minneapolis or Ritual, Zanzibar's in Des Moines or Heine Brothers in Louisville than that would be awesome (but they are not).

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