The Java House

The Java House

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Iowa City
  • Kate K.
    "drink window by the espresso machine."(14 Tips)
    Lily G.
    "Bring a good book and curl up in one of the comfy couches."(3 Tips)
    Markus T.
    "Great coffee and pastries!"(7 Tips)
    "Hot Chai Tea -- the spicy one!"(4 Tips)
56 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • pastries
  • chai
  • comfortable seats
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  • Kate K.
    Kate KrohnAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Dudes, you can totally remove your coffee from the brew bar yourselves. Room is a personal choice. :) thanks for helping out your busy, beautiful, and caffeine anxiety plagued baristas.
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 13, 2012
    Iced chai tea is amazeballs! Have any tossed salad - its all great! I had shrimp w/ black bean & other veggies & a lil bit of naughty (but fabulous) blue cheese :o)
  • Kate K.
    Kate KrohnAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Lids and straws are to the left of the drink window by the espresso machine. If you order something espresso based or cold; that is the pick up point.
  • Lindsey W.
    Lindsey WindersDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    i can appreciate being courteous of others wanting tables, etc, however during finals week I feel that the one-hour table limit is blasphemy! literally was hounded by the manager 4 times. rude&unfair
  • Paul C.
    Paul CoxNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Best overall coffee pace in a city of great coffee places. Been coming here for years & never has something I didn't like.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HoganDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're there to do schoolwork, please be mindful of folks just there enjoying a cup of coffee. If you're there to enjoy a cup of coffee, please be mindful of those doing schoolwork.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BennittOctober 29, 2012
    Excellent coffees and atmosphere. I always stop in when passing through town
  • Lily G.
    Lily GraceOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best coffee shop atmosphere in Iowa city. Bring a good book and curl up in one of the comfy couches.
  • Tim
    TimDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great staff. I was given a free drink for having to wait a few extra minutes. Didn't even have to complain.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SchuellerSeptember 11, 2012
    Best coffee in Iowa City, hands down. My favorite drink is definitely a fresh drip-brewed Steamboat Bill.
  • Sarah
    SarahApril 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Whether you're in for a breakfast pick-me-up or a nighttime gathering, drink a Nutty Caramel Coffee. Extra incentive to go in after dark: pastries are 1/2 price after 8:00!
  • Drew H.
    Drew HoltwickFebruary 11, 2013
    Drip-bar is neat, with numbered "lanes." It's a huge place, w/ sandwhich place and more seating attached.
  • Megan P.
    Megan P.October 26, 2014
    Great place to grab a coffee or cappuccino before hitting the road after a good weekend in Iowa City.
  • Kate A.
    Kate AnnNovember 7, 2015
    one of the few places in iowa city with really comfy seating for hanging out
  • Off The Quad
    Off The QuadJuly 21, 2011
    Friendly barista’s, treats and great coffee. Great atmosphere to get that paper done, so stop procrastinating.
  • Jim E.
    Jim EllisAugust 30, 2012
    A great Americano. Was intrigued by the Cuban macchiato. Looking forward to stopping here again.
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoDecember 8, 2015
    Great coffee and pastries! Clean restrooms and very trendy.
  • Alex S.
    Alex ShockeyMarch 5, 2010
    Get the German Chocolate Mocha. Hot or Iced it's excellent. Also, if you're looking for a pastry, the cappuccino brownie and cinnamon roll are delicious
  • Brendan G.
    Brendan GriffinApril 8, 2016
  • Reid T.
    Reid TravisMay 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Especially great in the summer when students vacate the area. Tables galore!
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannJanuary 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the sugar cookie llaté. The atmosphere is super cool
  • Anne C.
    Anne CurbowMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    On Wednesdays, they make Banana Chocolate Chip muffins. Best thing ever.
  • Jason S.
    Jason StirnamanOctober 14, 2013
    Great Americanos. Great pour-over.
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran HasanOctober 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I hear, IC takes place here occasionally. Nice to grab a cup of joe and listen to local musicians.
  • Ali A.
    Ali Al SaeedAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The delicious lemon berry danish goes perfectly with a cup of cappuccino
  • Jason Reeves
    Jason ReevesSeptember 21, 2011
    Amazing tea and coffee drip brewed by the cup!
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BuettnerMay 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want your drink in a togo cup, just say that. Not "here, but in a togo cup". The baristas need to know what cup, not your location.
  • Blake R.
    Blake RiffelAugust 28, 2013
    Masala chai. Hot or iced. Order it. Yesterday.
  • Craig S.
    Craig SliferSeptember 4, 2012
    Great coffee and frappes (white carmel mocha)
  • Sheila S.
    Sheila SAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're sticking around, help reduce waste by asking for your drink "for here," in a reusable mug or glass.
  • Ali A.
    Ali Al SaeedSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try their American Gothic blend. Strong stuff!
  • Molly C.
    Molly Cantrell-KraigDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be a sofa hog. I'm talking to you, Guy With a Jacket, Laptop, Headphones and Backpacl.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CoxMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Order a double cappuccino, and sit in one of the soft, comfy chairs to drink it.
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KnowlesSeptember 8, 2010
    I tried to leave flyers here for an event & they were total Nazis about it. I guess they would have interfered with all the hipsters conspicuously ignoring each other. Even Starbucks was cool with it!
  • Paul G.
    Paul GrimyserMarch 8, 2015
    Great coffee, but only comes in one size...
  • Katie
    KatieAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    their iced masala chai is decadent.
  • Jenny A.
    Jenny ArnoldApril 25, 2013
    Loved this place for years.
  • Gregory J.
    Gregory JohnsonMay 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the German Chocolate Cafe Mocha. It's delicious.
  • Brandon D.
    Brandon DrayerOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch out for the cinnamon rolls! Extremely addictive!!!
  • DPVA
    DPVAMay 19
    Been here 25+ times
    Hot Chai Tea -- the spicy one!
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺July 11, 2012
    They have Meth lab equipment here.
  • Adam Z.
    Adam ZabnerJuly 9, 2014
    XX Macchiato is fantastic
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MichelleJune 23, 2015
    So many available electrical outlets 😍
  • Drew B.
    Drew BielinskiDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Three words: Banana Chocolate Muffin
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SaxtonNovember 30, 2015
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewMay 3, 2011
    My friend Java actually lives here though he is not affiliated with the place.
  • Luke P.
    Luke PassowApril 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    One dollar organic fair trade coffee until April 24! Also, check out the new blueberry drinks!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KrohnSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    $1 conversation brews all day Tuesday September 13th!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WebberJuly 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the "All-Nighter," 5 shots of espresso. Gotta luv the jitters.
  • Eva H.
    Eva HallMay 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemon poppyseed muffin. Order it.
  • Charles B.
    Charles Beebe IISeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If your looking for a good pull of espresso don't come here.
  • Kate K.
    Kate KrohnFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    1$ panama drip coffees today and tomorrow!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KrohnSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    2$ mochas all day. Wednesday September 21st!
  • Maddy O.
    Maddy OsmanApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Can I PLEASE just get a mango smoothie? :(
  • Danforth J.
    Danforth JohnsonSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dollar coffee!!!!
  • Zeydan A.
    Zeydan AbuissaDecember 20, 2014
    Must Café Lattée
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