Hardly a day goes by that I don’t have a cup of coffee. Or three.
I blame Athens — and three very fine coffee shops — for my, errr, habit. My first mocha was at Jittery Joe’s in Athens.
Fast-forward a thousand mochas later to a recently opened Jittery Joe’s franchise in Macon.
The mocha tastes as good as the one that hooked me in 1994.
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Located across the street from Mercer University, it’s a good place to grab an excellent cup of coffee — and a light bite to eat.
Since this is a food review, that’s where I’ll start. While not a restaurant, Jittery Joe’s has muffins, bagels, scones, cookies, cinnamon rolls and even breakfast biscuits.
Over a handful of visits, I tried a bit of everything.
My general impression was that everything tasted freshly baked.
The banana nut muffin ($1.95) was good, with a nice banana flavor and lots of nuts. The blueberry scone ($2.25) was equally good. It was moist and loaded with blueberries.
The breakfast biscuits and bagel sandwiches were a little pricey but worth it.
I had bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel ($4.25), which may have been the best bagel sandwich I’ve ever had. The bacon was thin and crispy, the egg was cooked just right, and the two slices of American cheese oozed into it all. I’d definitely get one again.
One friend said the poppyseed bagel and cream cheese he tried was average. Not bad, but not as good as he’s had before.
Another friend had a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit ($3.75) and said it was the best coffee shop biscuit he’d had.
The cinnamon rolls ($1.95) are huge. The one I tried was deliciously sloppy, thanks to a generous amount of cream cheese icing on top.
So onto the basic cup of coffee ($1.75-$1.95). Jittery Joe’s says on its Web site that it roasts its beans daily in Athens. I tried both the medium and dark roast, and both were good.
I prefer a darker roast, and this was flavorful without being bitter. As my co-worker (and coffee expert put it), “it was smooth for a dark roast without that bite.”
I also tried a mocha ($3.25-$4.25) and a latte ($2.75-$3.75), and I’d recommend either, depending on what you’re in the mood for.
There’s also all kinds of iced drinks, chai, hot chocolate and tea.
I’ll also mention that there’s a good mix of seating, with cozy tables for two, big tables for eight, comfy chairs and coffee tables. There’s also some outdoor seating.
The free wireless Internet has a consistently fast connection. And the people that work at Jittery Joe’s are among the friendliest around.
I’ll be back — but hopefully not too often. Those cinnamon rolls are addictive.
Address: 1635 Montpelier Avenue
Hours: 7 a.m.-midnight daily
Vegetarian Options: yes
Handicap Access: yes
Health Rating: 100