Java Jolt: Coffee in JXN

“Coffee weather?” In my office (and house), anytime is coffee time, cold-brewed and iced, equally welcomed alongside a hot Americano or fresh-brewed cup o’ joe.

Here is a look at City With Soul spots to grab your favorite variety.

Cups Coffee in Fondren

Cups - Fondren and LeFleur East (The Quarter)

A Fondren favorite, Cups flagship shop is located next to Fondren Public and is home to everyone’s favorite specialty drink: the blondie latte. Caramel and white Ghirardelli chocolate combined with espresso and milk, the blondie is served hot or frozen and has been a favorite of Cups lovers since day one.

Other menu items include the Capitol Street latte, which is caramel combined with espresso and milk, the brunette latte, iced coffee, café au lait, several espresso options, and loose-leaf tea options. Cups also makes another great study spot for local college students.

The quaint environment is perfect for studying for finals, conducting a one-on-one business meeting or just hanging out with a few friends after a long day.

latte at The Bean
The Bean in Fondren
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The Bean - Fondren

The Bean was once known as Sneaky Beans when former owner Byron Knight was around. In early 2020, he sold to Kristy Buchanan, who reopened in early June of the same year. Buchanan, who calls JXN her adopted home, is committed to the community feel Knight offered and to the quality beverages he used to serve.

The Bean offers the usual slate of drinks – still made with locally-roasted Bean Fruit Coffee and drip coffee by Hattiesburg-based Grin – as well as draft beer and wine.

Daily breakfast, lunch and evening small plates and desserts are all on the menu, too, as well as comfortable places to gather within the shop, outside on the porch, or on the new back patio, especially when the shop hosts live music or trivia. Their walk-up window is convenient, too.

Events for kids and live music make this a staple for the neighborhood.

coffees with bike
Soulé Coffee and Tea
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Soulé Coffee and Tea - Fondren

Alongside crafted bubble teas and refreshers, espresso-based drinks, teas, and more, musician and entrepreneur Ezra Brown brings the newest kid to the coffee (and bubble tea) block in Fondren Village near Quizno's.

Order and pay for your handcrafted beverage with technology like the cafe's self-serve, cashless checkout experience, and watch for business development events and live music and art openings.

a steaming cup of coffee that says "Native" on the side
Native Coffee Company in Belhaven

Native Coffee Company - Belhaven

Housed in the former Deep South Pops location in Belhaven, Native Coffee Co., owned by Anna and Matt Flinn, “exists to bring quality coffee to the quality people of Jackson, MS.”

Opened in April 2020 with curbside pickup – despite COVID-19 – the shop’s doors officially opened to welcome customers inside in early June of the same year.

The shop serves North Carolina’s Black & White Coffee Roasters products and food like biscuits, cinnamon rolls, muffins and, THE best chocolate chip cookies.

It's also a great gathering spot for small groups.

PJ's in Fondren

PJ's - Fondren

PJ’s is locally owned by Jacksonians Anne and Jack Stanton, a franchised location of PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan.

The shop, in the former Trustmark Bank Building across from Fondren Fro Yo, serves a complete line of espresso-based beverages, flavored coffee, and award-winning Original Cold Brew™ iced coffee, as well as a variety of food options like fresh-baked pastries & desserts.

A benefit to many, PJ’s offers a drive-through window and contactless ordering via their website. Their covered outdoor patio is dog friendly, spacious and often filled with med students studying.

a cup of coffee in front of books
Coffee Prose

Coffee Prose - Midtown and LeFleur East (Highland Village)

Opened in 2019 in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood, Coffee Prose is part coffee shop, part used bookstore and, more recently, part pop shop (taking over recipes from the former Deep South Pops).

Specialty lattes with literary inspiration – Moby Dick, My Dog Sip and The Gatsby among them – are served alongside locally pre-prepared baked goods and entrees.

Hosting local gatherings, study space for students and local art shows and fundraisers, Coffee Prose’s primary focus is on creating a gathering space that will further strengthen the bond between Midtown and its Jackson neighbors.

Coffee Prose has an additional location in Highland Village that takes advantage of a lively center courtyard.

Urban Foxes in Belhaven Heights

Urban Foxes - Belhaven Heights

Urban Foxes will tell you they are first a pie and pastry shop (and a fine one, at that).

Former Cups Cafe Fondren manager Cody Cox and wife/business partner Molly West renovated an old home on a mixed-use street, complete with a welcoming front porch and cozy backyard where local musicians and DJs offer intimate shows.

Back inside, Urban Foxes offers a precision-crafted caffeine fix, too, with drip-brewed coffee, pour overs and other specialty drinks. The shop serves Thunderhead Cold Brew by the bottle and local craft and domestic beers, as well.

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