Java's Cafe

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Café$$$$
Central Business District, Rochester
  • Ranked #2 for coffee shops in Rochester
  • Chelsea O.
    "Chocolate sitch in the summer, shot in the dark in the winter!"(6 Tips)
    Andie D.
    "Best open mic night... Get a Aztec Mocha!!!"(5 Tips)
    Jessicca W.
    "Try the kinky reggae its awesome :)"(2 Tips)
    Rachel M.
    "Funky spot with great selection and good wifi"(2 Tips)
100 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • hot chocolate
  • kinky reggae
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    MSZWNY MikeJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best lattes in ROC. Bar none! Always delicious, hot, & made exactly as u ask. Different that Starbucks dark, heavy, flavor but oh so good. Plus the eclectic nature of the art & furnishings is cool.
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HongNovember 22, 2014
    Cozy, great vibe, lots of art, I had the Sausalito sandwich. There's no menu, just a display, and they toast it for you. High quality and affordable. I'll be back.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BallardNovember 16, 2014
    Had a hot chocolate with friends here today. Staff was fast and friendly and shop is clean, appealing, and fun. Very cool place to relax and catch up with friends.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MaceyOctober 19, 2016
    Drip coffee refills aren't free. Ask to open a tab if you're paying with a card so you don't have to swipe 20 times.
  • Joe E.
    Joe EllisMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Some creative coffee drinks, Mexican Coke, and Blenheim Spicy Ginger Ale. Great place to grab a seat and watch the world go by.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurJuly 24, 2016
    Loved the coffee! Very flavorful. The Aztec mocha was also good. Cute place to study too.
  • Dionne J.
    Dionne JacquesOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great bohemian atmosphere. Wifi is free and speed is good if the place isn't crowded.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MaryOctober 9, 2014
    If you order a Large coffee using the dine in mug which will cost $2.25 and a refill using the same mug would be $1.50! Can't beat that!
    Upvoted Apr 1
  • Pam S.
    Pam SteeleSeptember 3, 2011
    Great environment; love all the art! Try the Kinky Reggae, it's delish pish :-) P.S. Be careful walking down the stairs if you have to use the bathroom!
  • Plasma C.
    Plasma CarwashNovember 21, 2011
    Mike is a hospitality natural. I can't stop for a sammy and a novelty drink w/out talking to sOMboDY in ROCs native band scene. It may have to do with the Eatman Theater next door. eat man!
  • Becca P.
    Becca PostDecember 22, 2012
    The terrapin is the best! Also, if you've never had lunch here, do it. The sandwiches are so good, especially the gypsy.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KlinerJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cuban sandwich is incredible. Also amazingly good wifi and ambience. (It should be noted that Java's is keeping me from going insane in Rochester)
  • Dave K.
    Dave KFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure to grab a seat by the milk+sugar station to watch people figuring out how the funky milk thing works (hint: milk doesn't come out until you let the lever drop)
  • Tamara S.
    Tamara SApril 15, 2016
    Aztec Mocha with espresso dark chocolate, cinnamon & chili was awesome! Great white bean rosemary soup
  • Robert T.
    Robert ThorenJuly 8, 2011
    DEAR JAVA'S: GET RID OF THE STYROFOAM TO GO CUPS. Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and leaches chemicals into your delicious coffee! Otherwise, you're perfect!
  • Heewa B.
    Heewa BarfchinOctober 12, 2014
    Perfect vibe for hanging out, working, meeting, anything. It's just such a great atmosphere here. Prefect coffee shop.
  • Megan
    MeganJuly 11, 2016
    The sandwiches are terrific! They make them fresh daily and also change the menu daily.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 3, 2015
    They use milk from Pittsford dairy farms. Try the cold brew or half and half.
  • Hano A.
    Hano AFebruary 18, 2016
    Perfect place to work. Hot chocolate, smoothies, cookies and bagels all day.
  • Madison L.
    Had the lemonade and jungle juice, highly recommend the latter.
  • Barbara R.
    Barbara RiveraAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ginger mol lasses is the way to go
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LangJanuary 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best for: people-watching, vegan cupcakes, hipster vibes.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HeringNovember 26, 2011
    Get a shot in the dark and a seat in the light. Best RIT spot to get your work done!
  • John B.
    John BrianNovember 26, 2014
    Loved the Aztec. Rich dark chocolate spiked with caffeine and capsicum!
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WinterJanuary 9, 2013
    Had the wolf blitzer and the mushroom brie :) very good
  • Vinny G.
    Vinny GreenDecember 3, 2011
    The sandwiches are terrific and reasonably priced. Lots of food for the price.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BDecember 3, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The blueberry muffins are delicious, but they crumble easily.
  • Yichen L.
    Yichen LuNovember 24, 2013
    hot chocolate to die for! love the extra whipped cream <3
  • Anthony
    AnthonyAugust 20, 2012
    Great Barista's great service. Awesome location!
  • Jessicca W.
    Jessicca WaldenAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the kinky reggae its awesome :)
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BluestoneSeptember 6, 2014
    Good coffee, but it sucks that they let people smoke in the outside seating areas.
  • University P.
    University PlaceMay 19, 2010
    Iced latte - double shot of espresso - perfect drink for a sunny afternoon. Also recommend the panninis.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MazzaJuly 13, 2016
    Funky spot with great selection and good wifi
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MazzaJuly 13, 2016
    Make sure your laptop is fully charged if you're working from here cause there's only 1 power point
  • Robin C.
    Robin ChingDecember 20, 2012
    I like going there during summer time.
  • GiGi
    GiGiMay 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    A shot in the dark (hot chocolate w/ a shot of espresso) is amazing!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarbaJune 13, 2012
    Really good fruit smoothies..try the mango banana
  • Katie B.
    Katie BJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Their iced lattes are very refreshing!
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerAugust 27, 2015
    Fantastic atmosphere, always full of characters. It's a cultural landmark.
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LoweryNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the hot chocolate w/black raspberry. So good!
  • Waiton F.
    Waiton FarrellMay 27, 2010
    Chocolate Sitch: blended ice, coffee, and chocolate. Verdict: caffeinated heaven. Go with the large. It's $4.50 well-spent if you need an extra boost of energy.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GilchristJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Vermont Maple Crunch is so yummy; not overpower ing for a flavored coffee.
  • Sascha L.
    Sascha LiebauFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tried it. Its awesome... Chicken with spicy mustard.
  • Liz M.
    Liz McDonoughOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get the hot spiced cider
  • Catherine
    CatherineFebruary 20, 2010
    Hot chocolate with whip cream and sprinkles made with milk from the Pittsford dairy. Enjoy the best.
  • Andie D.
    Andie DonnellyJune 3, 2014
    Best open mic night... Get a Aztec Mocha!!!
  • Ali
    AliApril 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their ginger molasses cookies are out of this world
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best (and only) Turkish Coffee in town!
  • Reid R.
    Reid RobbinsJanuary 21, 2013
    Great atmosphere, great, freezing inside though during the winter.
  • Jin-Ah K.
    Jin-Ah KimAugust 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Hazelnut chaplin with soy milk yummmmm
  • Christian B.
    Christian BartelsJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the German special! Delicious!
  • Bridget B.
    Bridget BadoreOctober 22, 2015
    I think they're the only coffee shop besides Dunkin donuts that still uses styrofoam cups....?
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MMarch 12, 2012
    The organic iced tea is excellent.
  • Johnathan K.
    Johnathan KnightAugust 3, 2013
    Cortado!! I wish I lived closer lol
  • Chelsea O.
    Chelsea OliphantJune 4, 2012
    Chocolate sitch in the summer, shot in the dark in the winter!
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HongDecember 7, 2014
    Sandwich station was closed today. Not sure if it's closed all Sundays...
  • Mrugesha R.
    Mrugesha RaulNovember 18, 2015
    Try their Kashmiri chai!
  • Jerry H.
    Jerry HosgeNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good to the last drop
  • Allyson B.
    Allyson BoggessJuly 6, 2010
    Get the Tra Que chai. So good hot or iced. My favorite.
  • Mike I.
    Mike I.December 4, 2011
    The Colombian coffee is especially weak!
  • Jessicca W.
    Jessicca WaldenOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot coco is epic
  • Leonard (Lenny) H.
    Leonard (Lenny) HayesJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The americano is good!
  • Teddy S.
    Teddy SainphorApril 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    3 words... Strawberry rhubarb pie
  • Shone R.
    Shone RowleyMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The chocolate chip cookies are awesome when dipped in the smooth hot coco.
  • Claire M.
    Claire MonnierApril 1, 2015
    I love the pins colada smoothie!
  • Ali
    AliApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not on their menu, but ask for the Fiji tea. It's delicious!
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VargasSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the 1/2 and 1/2!!
  • Vicky T.
    Vicky TeeMay 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You always end up running into at least two people you know.
  • Jin-Ah K.
    Jin-Ah KimJune 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Amazing strawberry rhubarb pie!
  • Pauline A.
    Pauline AlldayDecember 6, 2015
    Everything french vanilla latta
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HeathOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Tip the employees on the sandwich side!
  • Becky B.
    Becky BachmannJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Turkey Lurkey sandwich is delish!
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Turkish Coffee
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CheeksApril 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to javas and find a table with a drink in hand.Great place to people watch.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Birthday cake
  • MaryEllen C.
    MaryEllen ColemanJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in town!
  • Ali
    AliApril 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the Turkish coffee
  • Veronica D.
    Veronica DenneyOctober 18, 2011
    Iced chia is awesome!
  • GiGi
    GiGiAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If they served alcohol here I'd be considered an alcoholic.
  • Emily
    EmilyAugust 18, 2010
    Go to Java's and try the iced Aztec Mocha. Oh hey peppas in ya coffee!
  • Pauline A.
    Pauline AlldayDecember 6, 2015
    The French vanilla latta
  • Kristin P.
    Kristin POctober 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Hot Chocolate I've ever had!
  • K-lliTa
    K-lliTaNovember 13, 2013
    Best pumpkin pie!
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CheeksSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mmm iced lemon mate is yum
  • Ann C.
    Ann ChenJune 10, 2015
    Aztec mocha
  • Katharine M.
    Katharine McMahonMay 27, 2010
    Try the chocolate sitch - it's amazing!
  • Sophie G.
    Sophie GledhillMay 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Welcome to my home
  • Jeremia S.
    Jeremia ShannonDecember 13, 2012
    Where I goto vent
  • Sarah
    SarahFebruary 19, 2015
    Chocolate sitch all day.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SalviskiMarch 27, 2011
    If you get the Chaplain add caramel.
  • amberlynn w.
    amberlynn westJuly 26, 2013
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MunsonJanuary 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Raspberry lattes have the most delicious pink foam.
  • Leeann R.
    Leeann RamosSeptember 2, 2010
    Chaplain Leeann style with Almond & Chocolate milk!
    MSZWNY MikeMay 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best latte in Rochester.
  • Erika A.
    Erika AMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    gather 'round all ye hipsters...
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BrayerOctober 14, 2013
    Hipster central
  • Pat W.
    Pat WorboysFebruary 15, 2011
    Good hot chocolate
    Chocolate Sîtch it is!!!
  • Nelson P.
    Nelson PecoraMay 11, 2010
    Their wifi seems much faster now!
  • Chris C.
    Chris ClemensJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a "chocolate sitch"!
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