By: Elizabeth Lee
Java Moe’s Coffee Company is Oak Grove’s newest and only drive-through coffee shop. Opened at the beginning of this past July by Oak Grove High School alumnus and former Warrior Beat editor Kent McCarty, his father Morgan McCarty, and Chuck Bennett, the shop has seen success that exceeded expectations. Since Seattle Drip closed earlier this year, the caffeine-
driven community of Oak Grove has missed having a quick cup of coffee available in a convenient location, so they welcomed the new business with open arms; some customers have even shared that they drove all the way from the other side of Hattiesburg and beyond just to get a taste of Java Moe’s coffee.
In the weeks prior to Java Moe’s grand opening, social media was abuzz with anticipation. The Facebook and Twitter pages gained over 1,000 followers each before the shop’s windows even opened for the first time, and in return for their support on the internet, each follower was offered a special half-off deal for the entire menu on the day of the grand opening. “We have been really impressed and pleased with how good business has been since the shop opened,” Kent McCarty said.
Although Java Moe’s is a new business, its menu is certainly impressive, and the quality of the drinks is even said to rival a certain nationwide coffeehouse chain synonymous with overpriced lattes and snobby baristas (side note: Java Moe’s employees are the friendliest, sharpest, most skilled baristas around). When you stop by, be sure to check out the full menu including signature drinks like the Cinnamon Delight, Honeysuckle, Turtle, Dark or White Chocolate Mocha, and the best-selling Java Moe—white chocolate and caramel. These drinks can all be made iced, hot, or frozen, and coffee is available in the form of a latte, cappuccino, Americano, au lait, and regular drip coffee. Frappes are blended in a variety of flavors as well, and drinks like hot chocolate, real fruit smoothies, frozen lemonade, flavored iced tea, hot tea, and Chai tea are offered as coffee alternatives. Baked goods including blueberry and banana nut muffins, made-from-scratch lemon bars, and snickerdoodle, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies are delicious treats that Java Moe’s serves to complement your caffeine.
Located in the former Seattle Drip building off of Highway 98, Java Moe’s is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, be sure to check out the second location, which will open in the next few weeks, in the other former Seattle Drip building in the Westwood Square shopping center parking lot in front of Oscar’s and Rite Aid, and like and follow Java Moe’s on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates like the drink of the week, special deals, and more.