Courtesy of Jane Reed
At Java.net at Cuba, Iced Mocha features chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles, and Ghirardelli chocolate.
Java.net Books and Gifts is Missouri’s multi-tasking coffee shop.
Along with serving Kaldi’s coffee, snacks, and light lunches, it hosts a gift shop, a book exchange, a library, and a quickly growing book club.
“They’ve brought a big-town atmosphere to this little-bitty burg of ours,” says Catherine Edelen of Cuba.
Java.net is located in a renovated Coca-Cola storage warehouse. Owners and native Missourians Mary and Joe Miller renovated the building, doing much of the work on their own.
“I was real apprehensive of making such a big step after having a nine-to-five job my whole life,” Mary says. “I originally was just going to open a bookstore.”
Kim Robinson of Cuba says that Mary will go out of her way to find a special book or gift for which a customer is searching, often finding it online and ordering it.
Mary also runs a system that allows patrons to trade in their books. If they want cash, they get 10% of the original price, or 25% of the book’s price toward buying books at Java.net. “It has just been a lot more fun than I thought,” Mary says. “I’m living a dream, there’s no other way to put it.”