If you’ve lived in Tulsa or Oklahoma City for a while, you’re familiar with the coffee enterprise that is Java Dave’s. This year, the Oklahoma-based coffee company celebrates its 35th anniversary and a history as rich as the coffee it serves.
It all started in 1972 when the Neighbors family began Executive Coffee Service in Oklahoma City. The success of their OKC business prompted them to extend to the Tulsa area in the ’80s. When deciding on the name “Java Dave’s,” the three Neighbors brothers evaluated how each of their names sounded with the word “java,” and it was decided that Dave’s name sounded the best, according to his daughter, Ashley.
Java Dave’s gourmet coffee is produced from 100% Arabica beans, and selected from altitudes between 2,000 and 4,000 ft. Upon their arrival at the roastery in Tulsa on 15th st. near Sheridan, the beans are hand roasted and flavored. This specialized roasting and flavoring produces a final product ranging in color from a light American roast, to the darkest, French Roast, along with popular flavors like “Snickerdelicious” and “Frangelico Crème.”
While most of us picture the free-standing Java Dave’s coffee shop locations, like the one near 15th and Sheridan that has been there since 1988, Java Dave’s is so much more than coffee shops. These days, Java Dave’s has extended to a franchise system, which allows business owners to carry the Java Dave’s coffee line. For example, Suntanz of Tulsa, a tanning salon at 101st & Mingo, serves Java Dave’s products. Java Dave’s is also co-located with a Paradise Donuts at Pine & Peoria. Java Dave’s coffee is also offered in several airports around the country.
Nowadays, companies can order Java Dave’s coffee for their breakrooms. Not only that, but Java Dave’s has a water filtration system, Arctic Falls Water. Companies can order anything from coffee, tea, creamers, and much more from Java Dave’s.
If you do wish to visit a Java Dave’s, I highly recommend stopping by the original location at 6239 E. 15th Street in Tulsa. It was one of the original coffee shops in Tulsa, and its longevity has led to many regular customers. I highly recommend trying one of Java Dave’s specialty drinks, which can be ordered hot, iced, or frozen. A couple of my favorites are the Almond Joy (it really tastes like the candy bar!) and the Grasshopper (chocolate and mint…yum!). I’ve heard the Peanut Butter Mocha tastes just like a Reese’s!