Backpacker and Chocolate-Lover Haven: Java Jazz Coffee Shop and Lodging House

Unassuming, quiet, cozy, and perfect for us peace-seekers.

Last June 22, my friends and I went to Tagaytay for some much-needed de-stressing and relaxation. One of my friends, Faye, and I were kind of in the same boat and we needed to get away; my sister just finished writing her thesis for her MBA; and our friend Chichi also needed the time to unwind from her stressful job.

We were supposed to stay in Caleruega the whole weekend, but when I called them up to book a room, they said they were fully booked, but we can still visit. Thus ensued my harried search for cheap lodgings for four adults in Tagaytay. And when I say cheap, I mean a place where we can all stay in one room, with each person paying less than a thousand (or less than p500 if possible!).

After calling up so many hostels, B&Bs, inns, what have you, I stumbled upon Java Jazz Coffee House. I read up on the meager reviews about the place, but most of what I read just talked about the food and the friendly owners. I also tried calling their contact info, to no avail. I found their Facebook account and contacted a mobile number posted in one of their events, but it turned out to be the number of their friend! The friend offered to text me the number of Java Jazz’s owner, Red, but she wasn’t sure if she could send it since she might have no load already. I didn’t realize my sister’s phone already beeped (I was using her phone) until I was already feeling a little desperate. Hurray, the friend came through!

I called up Red, but he cannot be reached. The friend gave me the number of Red’s son, but the son didn’t reply as well. Okay, I thought I wouldn’t be able to find a cheap place anymore, and I was getting my pitch ready to argue to my friends that I cannot find affordable, clean, and safe lodgings on such short notice, when Red suddenly replied. I was ecstatic! We got the room for P2000 in total for all four of us, with air conditioning in the room and breakfast for two. I forgot to ask if the bathroom was private; we found out it’s shared between two rooms, but since we were the only ones booked for that night, we had the bathroom all to ourselves. They also have another bathroom just a few steps outside our room, but we all made do with the one inside.

I don’t have a photo of our bedroom, but it fits two adults comfortably. There was an extra pullout bed and an additional mattress. It was a little cramped but for the price, heck, we weren’t going to complain. There was barely any 3G signal in the room for the Globe users, although our Sun Cellular phones were able to get a few bars, and Smart functioned normally. There was also a little TV, which we didn’t use because we were out most of the time, and when we did stay at Java Jazz, we were in the coffee shop or playing cards in the room. You can also opt to use the electric fan instead of the air conditioning if you want to get a cheaper rate, but we opted for the air conditioning since the room was below the coffee shop, and the air might get too stifling for us during the night. The bathroom was not the cleanest bathroom I’ve ever seen. If you’re not too finicky about it, it will do. Faye, as it turned out, brought her own bathroom cleaning supplies and scrubbed the place down – because she’s a Girl Scout like that.

Java Jazz is actually a coffee shop + art shop + lodgings place. In the coffee shop, we were so happy to be surrounded by so many beautiful artworks by various local artists. Some of the paintings were for sale. One of the paintings quickly became my favorite, and I was tempted to buy it but it wasn’t for sale.

 
My favorite painting. Isn’t it beautiful?
But aside from the low tables (yes, you can sit on the floor with your legs crossed), there are also regular-height tables, so don’t fret if sitting on the floor is not to your liking. The coffee shop has a lot of huge windows and electric fans, so it’s not hot. It wasn’t too cold at night, however, even though it was raining. They are open until 10pm, although if you’re staying overnight there, you do have to let them know if you’re coming back later than that so they can keep the door open for you.
They have tables good for parties of two or four or six.

Tsokolate-eh! with sugar.

Java Jazz Coffee Shop is most famous for its tsokolate-eh! (and their cheap prices, to boot). Me, being a real chocolate lover, didn’t pass up the chance to taste this.

So, did it pass muster? Oh gosh, YES. We all sighed in rapture after our first sip. It was not too sweet, and yes, Faye, my fellow chocolate lover, and I would have been able to take another cup if it just wasn’t too late. Even my ate Mariko confessed she would like another cup. I think we all would have, if we were able to stay a lot longer! Luckily, Java Jazz also sells tableas for cheap (they also sell pasalubong options and other various artsy-fartsy knickknacks).

They offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options, mostly at P99 per plate (rice with viand), but there are also others food options that are slightly more expensive. The food was okay and satisfactory for the price. Aside from their tsokolate-eh!, they also had other hot drinks on offer, and even cold ones like frappes and shakes. We did not get to try their cold drinks since it was already a cold, rainy weekend.

Chichi enjoying the morning.

The next day, we went to mass at the nearby Church after having breakfast. We were all up a bit early before the coffee shop opened, so we enjoyed the gentle and wonderful morning sunlight outside the coffee shop. They had stone tables and chairs, with huge leafy trees overhead. Some coffee shop patrons opted to dine outside for the nice morning breeze.

How we got there:
This was a backpackers’ trip and we commuted all the way! Faye and Chichi stayed over at our house since we lived in Paranaque. We left on Saturday morning at 6am and took a jeepney to Alabang.

From Alabang:
1) From West Service Road, we took the jeepney to Alabang, and got off at the bus station near Festival Mall. There are a lot of shuttle/vans there and they will take you to Tagaytay.

2) Ask the driver to drop you off at the public market in Tagaytay, or on the road to Picnic Grove.

3) Board a jeep bound for Picnic Grove, or ride a tricycle. We were only able to ride a tricycle, which charged us P50 for all 4. They know Java Jazz so you can just ask them to drop you off there.

The Cliffhouse, Tagaytay, at night.

How we got home:
We had dessert after lunch at Café Breton at the Cliffhouse in Tagaytay before going home. Chichi and Faye just rode a bus bound for Manila that passed right outside the Cliffhouse. Ate Mako and I went back to the public station and rode the shuttle/van back to Alabang, and from there rode the jeepney back to our village.

It was tiring, and my first time to go backpacking, but it was definitely memorable and one for the books. Ciao! 🙂


L-R: Ate Mariko, Faye, Chichi, and me outside Java Jazz Coffee Shop.




Java Jazz Coffee Shop and Lodging House
442 Tagaytay – Calamba Road,
Sungay West, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Landline: (046) 8602699
Mobile: +639174837399 (Red – the owner)
Java Jazz Coffee Shop and Lodging House website
Java Jazz Facebook page

8 Replies to “Backpacker and Chocolate-Lover Haven: Java Jazz Coffee Shop and Lodging House”

  1. Now, I want to go to tagaytay and go here. 🙂

  2. Anne, nice photo! Overnight din or daan lang? Pwede naman, maybe we can ask KT girls to go on a day trip (or overnight pwede din) to Tagaytay 🙂

  3. Tsokolate-eh *sigh*

  4. Yes 🙂 Let's goooo!!! alamoyan!

  5. Haha! Tapusin muna natin August 23 cheer September, I cannot leave, but I can do October so far! 🙂

  6. Nakakamiss no? Gusto kong bumalik at bumili ng tablea tapus iinumin natin habang umuulan. (c) 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for this post and for including the new number! I just called the owner (Red) and got the last available room! *whew*

  8. Awww that's great! I hope you have a nice stay. 🙂

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