Pacific residents are buzzing over the opening of a new coffee shop in the postage stamp-sized quarters of a former women’s boutique.
Junk n Java, located in the gated courtyard of the former Simply Because lady’s shop at 113 N. First St. makes the most of the space, featuring a glass doughnut case, a help-yourself coffee bar and snug tables and booths tucked into corners, for those who like to linger over their coffee.
Deanna Elders is no stranger to the coffee and sweet snack business. She has sold coffee for Sara Lee and worked with Breve and U. S. Foods. She is the only person behind the counter in the galley-style kitchen and says she’s good at multitasking, simultaneously engaging the whizzing espresso machine and handing out pastries.
“I want to be a coffee shop first,” Elders said. “But advisors and friends said what do you have to go with the coffee. So the doughnuts came second.”
Each morning at 4 a.m., Elders arrives at the Donut Palace in St. Louis where she picks up fresh doughnuts and pastries in order to be in her shop by 6 a.m.
“I tasted a lot of doughnuts within 15 miles until I found one I like,” she said. “They are not only good, they are so quality conscious they won’t let me sell a day-old doughnut. They take back what I don’t sell.”
A coffee connoisseur, Elders works with seven different coffee roasters and plans to feature a different one each month.
Patrons help themselves at the coffee bar where they can choose from decaf, the house blend or the featured selection.
During the Sept. 22 Railroad Day event, customers walked up from Pacific Station Plaza. A group of Elders’ school chums sat in the courtyard greeting customers popping up occasionally to go inside for a doughnut.
“I’m well connected in this business,” Elders said. “I have been working with Prestique Tech Services in Union, a firm that repairs espresso machines in a seven-state region. I learned a lot about espresso equipment, lattes and cappuccinos.”
Junk n Java stays open until 2 p.m. and offers a different sandwich each day for lunch customers.
The shop also offers a smattering of candies and fruit.
“I just wanted Pacific to have a little special shop to come into,” she said.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information call 636-393-9632.