Although I have Mondays “off” from my day job, I still consider them “work” days as I like to take the time to write. I could technically sleep in, but I prefer to wake up at a decent hour and get the day started. Today, on my first official Monday living in Salem, Massachusetts, I was moping around after getting out of bed and really needed a coffee. I decided to take a walk to Jaho Coffee & Tea on Derby Street to wake myself up. It was (still is, if you consider when I’m typing this) a gorgeous morning in my coastal city, sure to be a hot summer day. I was sweating even as I walked at 8:30am.
I arrived at Jaho, and upon opening the door, was greeted by a front counter with adorable handwritten signs detailing the featured drinks. There were many, and they all sounded like absolutely mouthwatering combinations – I couldn’t decide! However, as a lover of anything minty, I decided to go for the Thin Mint Latte (iced, the only way to go on a day like today).
There was a wide variety of tasty pastries to choose from as well, taking up two different glass cases next to and on top of the counter. I’m obsessed with anything blueberry, so I ordered a slice of the blueberry bread to go with my coffee. I got my order and took a seat in a comfy chair near the window.
I cooled down with my Thin Mint Latte, which came in the cutest plastic cup I’ve ever seen. In fact, I have plans to wash it out and just keep it in my cabinet for future use! The latte was delightful, with just enough mint and mocha to satisfy my sweet tooth while still allowing the natural coffee flavor to come through.
The blueberry bread was delicious as well, and tasted just like something Mom would make. The blueberries added a natural sweetness and the bread made for a perfect breakfast snack when you just want a little something to eat.
If you’re looking for heartier fare, Jaho also offers yummy breakfast sandwiches, and soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch as well. Besides the featured drinks, Jaho offers many other coffee beverages made with their unique machines from their own roasted coffee beans, as well as lots of tea flavors (it’s in their name, after all). Most of the seating is indoors, but there are a couple of outdoor tables if you get lucky enough to grab one on a nice day.
If you’re in Salem and need a morning boost, look no further than Jaho to meet all of your “get me caffeinated” or “get food in my belly” needs! They have a second location in Boston’s South End as well, so if you live or work in the area, you can get your fix too!
Jaho Coffee & Tea, 197 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 978.744.4300 (other location in Boston at 1651 Washington Street in the South End)