If you asked the owners of Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. six years ago what the difference between a Sumatra and Papua New Guinea bean was, they would’ve stared at you blankly. Today, they’re the proud purveyors of two artisanal coffee shops—the flagship café here in Bethel, and its sister shop in Montclair, NJ.
“After much consulting and deep breathing exercises, we decided to purchase an existing coffee roasting company and move the operations to Bethel, NY,” explained Jodie Dawson. At the time, neither Dawson nor co-founder, Kristine Ellis-Petrik, had any actual coffee experience, just a shared love for perk and a desire to contribute to the burgeoning creative community.
“There are so many amazing artists, chefs, organic farmers here—people who are truly passionate about what they do and where they live. We wanted to find a way to be a part of that and provide a unique and desired product for the local community and visitors,” said Kristine.
Unique indeed. Nowhere else in Sullivan County can you find a roasting company even slightly matched in caliber. Planted directly across from White Lake, customers are drawn by the proximity to Bethel Woods and the fragrant aroma of beans wafting from Java’s industrial coffee roaster.
It’s common to find customers breezing through or hanging out on the front porch with a newspaper, a hot cup of coffee and freshly made pastries or breakfast burritos, which is packed with all local ingredients. The Java Love team will also custom grind coffee beans to suit specific coffee makers, and keeps a hefty stock of beans from all over the world.
The Java Love shop has a welcoming, affable vibe, and its clear customer service is at the center of all they do. “When a new member joins the Java Love team, they are introduced to the Three “C’s” of the Java Love Experience,” said Kristine. “Customer, Coffee, and Community. “
Java Love is open seven days a week in the summer and part-time in the winter, so be sure to stop by for the fresh roasted coffee and linger for the view.
JAVA LOVE COFFEE ROASTING CO.
1577 Route 17B
White Lake, NY 12786