I was first introduced to Jet City Espresso back in 2012. Basically, I fell in love almost as soon as I walked in the door. Jet City Espresso is a quaint little coffee shop that is literally an extension of the owner’s house (she turned an extra room into a coffee shop). The drinks are amazing (my favorite is the Café Borgia), the atmosphere is always inviting, the owner Jess always has a smile on her face, and the baked goods are made fresh and include gluten free and paleo options for my GF and caveman friends.
When rumors started churning sometime last year that Jess would be opening a second Jet City Espresso – a larger location that also served food – Jet City’s cult following (which includes myself) began to cheer. Though I was a huge Jet City fan, it did have a handful of drawbacks, such as: lack of space, lack of WiFi, and lack of food. Plus, it’s always fun to see something you love succeed and grow (meaning they’ll hopefully be around for a long, long time!).
The second location opened in Seminole Heights earlier this year and, thankfully, it still holds the same charm as the previous location. There’s the adorable bungalow exterior that oozes Seminole Heights style, there’s the classic neon Jet City Espresso sign, there’s the quaint and simple interior, and there’s the welcoming smile of Jess and her freshly hired posse of baristas.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the location a couple of times since its opening and have been meaning to write up a full review for a while. On my first visit, I went during lunch time. It was busy, but not packed and there was plenty of room to grab a table and spread out a bit.
I ordered my favorite, the Cafe Borgia, which is an espresso drink with a touch of honey and rich orange undertones. I would never have thought to put orange with espresso before meeting Jess, but she sells me on it every time. I keep meaning to try something new off the menu, but I just can’t imagine beating the classic.
The lunch menu is relatively small, but full of fresh, healthy finds to fit any special diet. The menu actually changes on a near-daily basis, depending on what’s in season or what looks best at the market that day. It’s a tad pricey, but everything is organic, made in house and looks delicious.
I ordered the caprese sandwich, with a side of tortilla chips and baby carrots.
The sandwich was a bit small for the price, but the flavor was definitely there. I loved the basil spread with the super fresh mozzarella.
For dessert I had a chocolate chip and lavender cookie. If you ask really nice, they’ll heat it up for you.
I thought the cookie would be hard and a bit tough, but it wasn’t at all. It was soft and a little chewy on the inside. The lavender flavor was light and really complemented the dark chocolate. It also had just the right amount of sweetness – not too heavy or rich. It was a perfect cookie.
I ended up sticking around for another hour after lunch, just enjoying the atmosphere. It’s so peaceful! Where was this coffeehouse when I was working from home last year?!
Now I just need an excuse to return. Who’s up for a Cafe Borgia this weekend?!