jammin with java

Sit, relax and enjoy cof­fee. Jam­min’ Java is ‘Happy Cof­fee Hour!’

By Mar­ian Sharaf Joseph

Lahore has under­gone a com­plete rev­o­lu­tion in the past decade. From fash­ion out­lets sprout­ing every­where to fancy hang outs, the lifestyle of every Lahori has become ultra mod. For­eign investors open­ing their fran­chises in our local mar­ket have changed the way we live. The recent years have wit­nessed the ‘Cof­fee Cul­ture’ tak­ing over the city. Jam­min’ Java is one of the pio­neers in intro­duc­ing the cof­fee fever to Lahore.

Ini­tially opened near Kalma Chowk, Jam­min’ Java dis­cov­ered a large num­ber of cof­fee lovers. This was about five years back around the same time when Hot Spot (ice cream par­lor) and Dunkin Donuts (dough­nut place) came about. A brain­child of Shahzad Baig, Jam­min’ Java has a deep story behind its ori­gin.

jammin with java As Shahzad says, “There was a des­per­ate need for some­thing dif­fer­ent in Lahore. We had chi­nese, we had fast food and on top of it we had count­less desi spots in town but there was not even a sin­gle place where one could go, sit, relax and enjoy a good cup of cof­fee. Since I am a cof­fee lover and I take spe­cial inter­est in this brew, I though why not have a cof­fee house of my own? That’s how it started. ”

But the story about the cre­ation of Jam­min’ Java doesn’t end here. The story is deeper than it seems. It was after a lot of brain storm­ing he came up with the name; sit­ting casu­ally try­ing to think hard, lis­ten­ing to Bob Marley’s Jam­min’ his friend came up with the first name. Shahzad being an IT per­son sud­denly came up with the name Java. “Ini­tially, I began my career in IT busi­ness. There is this JAVA appli­ca­tion that was cre­ated by an Indone­sian Soft­ware Pro­gram­mer. I always thought it strange that the appli­ca­tion had a cof­fee mug as its logo. Then I dis­cov­ered that Java is one of the top cof­fee pro­duc­ers in the world from Indone­sia. So since this pro­gram­mer came from Java he chose cof­fee mug as the application’s logo. That’s where I derived this name from because in mod­ern dic­tio­nary Java is a syn­onym for cof­fee.” Thus Jam­min’ Java was born mean­ing ‘Happy Cof­fee Hour.’

jammin with java Jam­min’ Java is in two of the most hap­pen­ing places of Lahore; DHA-T Block and MM Alam Road Levi’s out­let base­ment – the Kalma Chowk branch closed down a few years back. “That was a good loca­tion,” Shahzad con­tin­ues, “because we wanted to be in the mar­ket and yet not be a part of the main restau­rant avenue in Gul­berg. Oth­er­wise we’d be mis­taken as a restau­rant too. But after some­time that plaza started rent­ing out its place to small busi­nesses that made the ambiance uncom­fort­able for our cus­tomers. So we had to close it down but we had the DHA branch and MM Alam road one later on, so no loss!”

jammin with java

Jam­min’ Java is a per­fect spot to have cof­fee, smooth­ies and drinks. This isn’t all; they’ve got steaks, Ital­ian cui­sine, risotto and fast food. Plus, it’s also a shee­sha house. Yet, what adds to this café is its inte­rior. Per­son­ally speak­ing for some peo­ple like me who seek cafés as an escape from the daily hec­tic may­hem of life, a café should be a place to breathe in fresh air, a quiet place where one could read a book or chat with friends and hang out with fam­ily. This place, how­ever, is per­fect for teenagers, shee­sha lovers and the ones who pre­fer spend­ing their lunch hour any­where but the office. The inte­rior of Jam­min’ Java is not designed by any pro­fes­sional. Shahzad did it him­self. The pic­tures on the wall were done by him too. He bought them on the net and framed them. He chose tones of brown for the couches and the table to com­pli­ment the café. The cut­lery is sim­ple and easy to han­dle; no frag­ile fancy glasses – absolutely sim­ple. While the MM Alam café is smaller, the DHA one is com­par­a­tively spa­cious. The MM Alam Java has one big advan­tage; shop­pers from Levi’s, La Senza and Dock­ers are always attracted to sip some cof­fee at Java. For those in DHA, it’s the prime spot for its res­i­dents and LUMS Alumni.

This arti­cle was orig­i­nally pub­lished in the print edi­tion of Val­uemag, issue 1, May 2008.


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