UPDATE: Not A John Lennon Latte In Sight...But Javatinis Still Impresses
But the coffees are the real deal, created by people with passion for what they do.
A must-try is the javatini itself, a perfect, chilled combination of sweet and smooth (tip: don't dump any sugar/sweetener in it till you've tasted it, as I almost did).
The lattes are a cut above too; be sure to request a china cup if you're hanging around: the barista might treat you to some latte art. It's poured art, as opposed to the more complicated etched art, but it's a nice touch nonetheless. Update: now that my camera's playing ball again, I've added a photo of my latte.
It's no surprise that this mini chain (there's also a location in Laguna Hills) has a loyal following. It's a shame they're not open longer at weekends (only till 2pm on Saturday, 3pm on Sunday, as opposed to 8pm Monday to Friday), but Vallejo hopes this will change in the future.
Keep an eye out for events: as well as jamming sessions on Thursdays from 6:30pm (everyone welcome), there are monthly invitation-only roasting/tasting sessions--give the store a call if you're interested.
Javatinis, 3960 S. Main St., Costa Mesa, (714) 662-2224.
And, now, folks, for that John Lennon Latte: