Java City-mouse, Java Country-mouse

(NOTE: This is post #1000!! –Ed.)

Breaking Story: It has come to the attention of the editorial staff at sacrag.com that the Java City in Loehman’s plaza has closed. That’s right, the perennial hangout for the Armenian, Greek and Russian organized crime lackeys in this town has closed.

How could this happen, you ask?  Well, those of us in the gustatory press might say that it was long overdue, since Java City’s coffee tastes like monkey piss mixed with coagulated blood. But, the word from my source across the road at Peet’s is that there were problems with “the lease.”

Nevertheless, this means double the traffic at the Lyon’s center Peet’s, which may make some alterations necessary. On the bright side, my reliable source (Michael) says that the space formerly occupied by JC will now be a branch of the venerable San Francisco institution, Boudin Bakery Cafe. I know, awesome, isn’t it?  I’m looking forward to that chowder in a breadbowl–as long as it doesn’t taste like monkey piss.

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40 thoughts on “Java City-mouse, Java Country-mouse”

  1. am i wrong or isn’t peet’s a fancy starbucks…meaning they are owned and operated by the starbucks corp? being a veteran of both starbucks and java city i can assure you it’s not monkey piss…it’s cat piss..and i’ll tell you why. recent bans in the shipping of monkey related by products has forced coffee companies to use cat and dog piss in their stead. being that sacramento has a super high rate of stray cats…that’s what we get. see you in line for our bi-hourly frapuccino!

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  2. Bite your tongue, Talkingpocket!

    Although Peet’s Coffee & Tea has a connection to Starbucks, it’s not via ownership (currently, at least):

    Peet’s was the original inspiration for now-rival Starbucks. The three founders of Starbucks knew Alfred Peet personally, founded Starbucks in Seattle, Washington as kindred spirits, and bought the coffee beans for Starbucks directly from Peet’s during their first year of business in 1971. In 1984 Jerry Baldwin, one of the original founders of Starbucks, led a group of investors that purchased Peet’s Coffee & Tea. For some time Baldwin and some of the other investors owned Peet’s and an interest in Starbucks; eventually, they elected to run Peet’s as its own operation. Baldwin brought Jim Reynolds with him from Starbucks when he and other investors sold their interests in the Seattle chain.

    I did enjoy me a Javalanche from time to time. We’ll be sure to monitor the organized crime trends in the area now that JC is no more.

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  3. One of the cofounders of Starbucks wanted to name it Pequod — named after the ship in his favorite book, Moby Dick.

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  4. ACK, this is runnergirl, and my comment above got posted as sac-eats again. Note to reader: I’m the one who makes the dorky Cliff Claven-esque comments, while the wit is left in the more able hands of sac-eats.

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  5. OK I haven’t watched yet, but I was secretly hoping I had misread the title of the episode. Ugh. Why not just call it “The One Where Apollo and Dee Break Up”? (a la “Friends”)

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  6. My favorite Battlestar episode was when the aliens from the planet Threadcreepion invaded the City of Java killing off the locals thereby destroying documentation of the history of the city and its founder, Saceatsada…

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  7. Monkey piss. That is exactly how it tasted but I couldn’t put my finger on it, and wouldn’t want to.

    I like anything in a breadbowl..maybe even cat or money piss (as long as there is enough cornstarch added):)

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  8. a) the Merrimint Javalanche owns all of you.
    b) being that I am in midtown I still have two Java City establishments within walking distance.
    c) Lee Adama did not break up with Dee.

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  9. Kit, we actually didn’t officially live together until a few weeks after our wedding! So, if you’d have asked that last April/May, our answer could have honestly been “no, we don’t cohabitate.”

    Hopefully I’m not blowing the lid off any closely guarded SacRag secrets by publicly acknowledging that my main squeeze, DH, life path partner, whatever you want to call it, is indeed Sac-Eats. Consider this my Doug Christie-esque way of showing my affection online: >^..^

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  10. Who’s Lee Adama? I always thought Dee would be a good match for Dwayne (definitely not ReRun.) I’d have loved to have seen Rog and Shirl get together too.

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  11. Eeek. Okay I definitely did not intend to spoil your Battlestar experience. There’s a lot more to that episode anyway…

    So wow, I had no idea you two just got married last year. Got any plans for the one year anniversary? We did ours in Carmel.

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  12. “Way to go!” to Sac-Eats who totally scooped the Bee on this story. He reported it on Saturday, while it just hit today’s Bee in Bob Shallit’s column.

    Kit, to answer your question about our one-year anniversary, we WERE planning on a romantic evening at Java City at Loehmann’s Plaza, but I guess that plan will need to be re-worked now.

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  13. Shallit’s column also completely ignored the organized crime angle. I guess for hard-hitting local investigative journalism you have to come here or go to Kurtis Ming.

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  14. I want my props! I’m gonna have to step up here and say that I had at least a little something to do with this “breaking news”.

    My evidence:

    From: The Tenebrist
    Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2007 10:22 PM
    To: Bob Shallit
    Subject: Boudin Bakery coming to Sacramento?

    I’ve heard a rumor that a San Francisco-based Boudin Bakery is moving
    into the space previously occupied by Java City inside the Loehmann’s
    Plaza shopping center. Heard anything?

    From: Bob Shallit
    Sent: January 29, 2007 8:50:20 AM PST
    To: The Tenebrist
    Subject: Boudin Bakery coming to Sacramento?

    I’ll check on that. I’d heard Boudin’s was going into the Fountains project in Roseville. Hadn’t heard about this one.
    Bob

    From: Bob Shallit
    Sent: January 29, 2007 11:01:50 AM PST
    To: The Tenebrist
    Subject: Boudin Bakery coming to Sacramento?

    I’m now hearing the same thing. Hope to track it down by the end of the
    day. Thanks for the note.
    Bob

    Afterall, I was Sac-Eats’s “reliable source”!

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  15. Tenebrist: so you’re working both sides? so when Shallit’s gravy train is gone you can hitch on to ours? nuh uh.

    just kidding, thanks!!

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  16. Sac-Eats… want to share with the rest of us? I know a few of us will want to be lined up at the front door when they open! 🙂 Please share the knowledge!

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  17. OK, I was lying. I have no idea. I was feeling impish and now I’ve hurt you.
    Truth is, they don’t even know yet when they’ll be opening. No hiring has taken place and besides signage, no substantial construction is going on indoors. So, in my eatery timetable expert opinion, I’d say we’re looking to June at the earliest for an opening at Boudin.

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  18. Yeah, she thinks it’ll open in June. What a coincidence. Her friend April thinks it will open in August.

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  19. Free Coffee Celebrates Java City’s “Rebirth“:

    When the cafe reopens in late April, it will feature coffee tastings and hand-made lattes from professional baristas. During construction, Java City is offering patrons free morning coffee on the corner outside the cafe.

    Woohoo! Welcome back, Java City…

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  20. I keep driving by there to see if an opening date has been posted yet, but nothing so far, *so sad*..Has anyone else heard of an opening date for the Boudin SF cafe in Loehmann’s yet?

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  21. Yeah, this is part of the “Better Late Than Never” series. (Okay, I’m a newbie stuck out here in Folsom, where fun is going to the Kinko’s on Riley, or maybe the Wendy’s, and am reading all your cogent archival posts dating back to the early 1920’s, including the ones cruelly lambasting Dorothy Parker for her taste in men.)

    “runnergirl said on 01/29/07 at 3:25 PM (link):
    Why don’t they just open a banana stand in the Java City location?”

    And no one caught her “Arrested Development” reference? For shame!

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