Having seen their signs a couple of times, Saturday lunchtime provided a good chance to see what Java is all about. A family affair, Trina (alter ego Tasty of Purbeck) cooks and bakes the food on offer with brother Darren in charge of the coffee.
The cafe itself is an intimate place with local art for sale on the walls, quirky furniture and a delightful little wooden box for a till. On a sunny day there are tables outside as well to enjoy your coffee at.
Rumour is that Java has the best coffee in Swanage and it may well be true. The beans are from Exporters Coffee and my black Americano was excellent – rich, bitter, smokey flavours without being overpowering. As with the food, the coffee is lovingly prepared and it shows.
There is a short, attractive food menu that changes daily. We chose from curried lentil and coconut soup, vegetable shepherd’s pie, courgette, tomato and basil tart and a sourdough cheese toastie. The tart and toastie came with a crisp, light coleslaw and a bright, fresh salad with interesting leaves and a sharp dressing with nuts and seeds. The tart itself had lovely roasted vegetables and a well cooked pastry case. The cheese toastie was spruced up with tomatoes, rocket and a piquant homemade pesto. All very good.
The cake selection is excellent – we shared a cream and cherry roulade which had an amazingly light sponge with lovely cherries and just enough cream. Perfect. We’ll be back again for the brownies I expect!
Java Independent Coffee House
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