JavaJive (Coffee-Tea-Soda-Music) is a music-inspired, Filipino-themed café located at the heart of the metro. It’s a 24/7 coffee shop that offers live entertainment over coffee, tea, and soda. It also offers Davao-produced sweet and savory dishes, including desserts infused with the locals’ well-loved Durian. I believe JavaJive is the first of its kind in Davao. The moment I saw their tag line, I knew right then that my theory was right. The phrase “I love the Java Jive and it loves me” is actually a portion of the lyrics of a 1940’s Inkspots song entitled “The Java Jive”; the same song that automatically plays inside my head whenever I see their signage.
|Photo Courtesy of Red Pin and Java Jive.|
Following the direction of the full scale piano will lead you to the café’s entertainment stage, where local bands perform during Wednesdays, Fridays, and Weekends. On casual days, it is converted into a regular seating area to accommodate more customers. JavaJive aims to give their customers a home away from home sanctuary by providing a cozy environment and comfortable seating options that could accommodate larger groups.
|Photo Courtesy of Red Pin and Java Jive|
JavaJive’s Brand Ambassadress is no other than Davao’s very own, Juris Fernandez; One of the country’s leading recording artists and dubbed as The Soothing Voice of Asia. As an OPM artist and a true-blue Davaoeña, Juris embodies the café’s spirit of promoting the best of Davao and the best of Filipino music.
Go Paper and Biodegradable Plastic Cups:- Solo (3 fl.oz / 89ml)
– Duet (6 fl.oz / 178ml)
– Piano (“tall” – 12 fl.oz / 350ml)
– Mezzo (“grande” – 16fl.oz / 470ml)
– Forte (“venti” – 20fl.oz / 590ml)
The JavaJive Beverage Menu is categorized into three (3) groups: Coffee For The Stars,
Forteassimo, and Soda Jive. (Gotta love the musical creativity of the names)
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I was able to sample some of the best offerings in the house, which included the Blue Note Raspberry Soda, Choco-Peppermint Symphony Milk Tea, Salted Caramel Chill, and the Brewed Davao Civet Coffee. I must say, the Civet Coffee gives off a strong punch; no wonder it’s considered as one of the most expensive coffee in the world. My personal favorite is the Choco-Peppermint Symphony Milk Tea. I love that it’s not too sweet and that all the flavors (chocolate, peppermint, and tea) perfectly jives with each other, thus creating a symphony of flavor.
|Chocolava A La Mode|
|Native Durian Sweet Crust|
|This Red Velvet Cupcake is named after Juris, hence, Juris Red Velvet Cupcake|
|The Creative Minds behind JavaJive: Pin-Pin Francia, Red Agreda, and AJ|
I absolutely love the cozy and warm ambiance of the café, not to mention the musical vibe that fills the atmosphere on top of the music-inspired interior. I also like the fact that they have so much to offer on their menu, including non-cafe beverages. Not everybody who comes to a coffee shop drinks coffee. Ironic as it may sound, but yes, count me in. The strong wi-fi internet connection and the fact that it is open 24/7 is obviously a plus points for me. I can see myself hanging around this place to work, read a book, or catch up with some friends. Its location is very accessible, too, as it is situated right at the heart of the metro. The best part is, they only use purely pinoy raw ingredients and biodegradable materials. This is truly something that every Filipino could be proud of.
|Photo courtesy of Natalie|
|Photo Courtesy of Natalie|
JavaJive is located at 1.18 Centron Bldg., Quirino Avenue, Davao City (Right across BBQ Boss). For more information, visit: