Do you need a cup of coffee on St. John and don't know where to go? Try Java'Mon Coffee at Gallows Point Gift & Gourmet and grab an "IRIE feelin."
This eclectic coffee/gift shop is owned and operated by Brian and Mindy Cunningham. This power couple started the Java'Mon brand by merging their passions. She is a coffee aficionado and he is a lover of reggae music. What they both have in common is their love of Caribbean culture but most particularly, their love of St. John. Not only were they engaged but they were also married on this tropical oasis. Brian indicates that after visiting St. John for well over 12 years, they decided to invest in the island.
The Java'Mon Coffee brand captures the uniqueness of St. John's vibe: its purity, its simplicity, its niceness, in short its "IRIE feelin." When compared to national coffee chains, this brand offers customers an appreciation of the simple life by fostering a casual relaxed environment wherein you will enjoy a premium brand of coffee. Though there is a signature blend, most other blends are named after the bays of St. John based on the vibe of that particular beach.
Reggae music is a big part of the overall atmosphere and this relaxed vibe comes across even in its packaging. When asked which Reggae artist inspires him the most, Brian indicated that though he admires Bob Marley as the God Father of Reggae, he actually likes all Reggae music from old school Peter Tosh to Dance Hall, International Reggae and even Brazilian and Hawaiian Reggae.
Reggae music and coffee are not the only passions of Brian and Mindy, they are also very passionate about education. They have given to both public and private schools on St. John and are involved in educational pursuits internationally.
So when you feel like having coffee and you don't feel like extending the corporate vibe beyond your 9-5, visit Java'Mon Coffee Shop at Gallows Point Gift & Gourmet. And I know, I have been using that word vibe often; if you don't know what it means just ask da Java'Mon when you visit the shop.
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When you come to St. John on the M/V Capt Vic or the M/V Island Vic remember to explore the nooks and crannies of island life. See you soon.
Disclaimer for Highlights of St. John Series: Love City Car Ferries, Inc and its owners, agents, subsidiaries do not not receive compensation for Highlights of St. John. Do your due diligence as you make selections on places to go, things to do, places to eat, etc.. We shall not be held responsible for any negative experiences. These highlights are done simply in an effort to showcase the cultural smorgasbord that is available on St. John and are thus neither professional nor personal recommendations.