Six Mugs: Coffee in JXN
It’s starting to feel like “coffee weather,” some may say.
But 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.
Thankfully, JXN has no shortage of locally-owned and operated coffee shops, each with their own unique offerings and personalities.
The Bean & Brew 2914 N. State St., Fondren
The newest kid on the block (by ownership, not existence), The Bean was once known as Sneaky Beans when former owner Byron Knight was around. In early 2020, he sold to Kristy Buchanan and Nikkole Inman, who reopened in early June.
The duo, who call JXN their adopted home, is committed to the community feel Knight offered (most of the staff stayed on) 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 – as well as draft beer and wine. Daily breakfast, lunch and evening small plates and desserts are all on the menu.
Native Coffee Co. 1800 N. State St., 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.
The shop serves North Carolina’s Black & White Coffee Roasters products and food like biscuits, cinnamon rolls, muffins and, we are told, THE best chocolate chip cookies.
il Lupo Coffee 4500 I-55 N., Highland Village, LeFleur East – CLOSED IN LATE SEPTEMBER 2020
Began at Cultivation Food Hall in January 2020, Anna and Taylor Triplett said their love of coffee and travel encouraged them to become first-time business owners as a way to contribute to their community.
Opened in early June in a new location at Highland Village (the spot once occupied by Deep South Pops in the center’s courtyard), il Lupo serves handcrafted beverages using North Carolina’s ethically-sourced Counter Culture Coffee.
From pour-overs to drip brews and specialty drinks like the ice-cold Blood Moon (housemade cold brew, housemade simple, tonic and seasonal garnish), the shop also offers online ordering and curbside pickup.
PJ’s Coffee 3100 Old Canton Rd., 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 FroYo, 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, a secluded back patio and contactless ordering via their website.
Coffee Prose 1619 N. West St., Midtown
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).
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.
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.
Urban Foxes 826 N. Street, Belhaven Heights
In business for just over a year, Urban Foxes will tell you they are first a pie and pastry shop (and a fine one, at that).
Former Cups 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.
More joe around JXN: Cups | The Urban Sip, MaryCall Coffee & Tea, Broad Street Baking Company, Green Bean