Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 11, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: A reader takes columnist’s coffee challenge and returns with a very extensive report

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — This column's recent challenge to name the most exquisite cup of coffee or espresso in Jacksonville has been answered by Kim “Mama K” Holman, who provided her own, unique, assessment of the caffeine-saturated situation.

"I like my coffee," Mama K exclaimed in a recent email. "I want it sweet, bold and chocolate. There is a difference between chocolate coffee and hot cocoa. I love trying new places."

Mama K said she sampled the java of both Phoenix on the Square and Jacksonville Joe's, with mixed results.  

"Phoenix on the Square met my expectations and the price wasn't bad," she said. "It has the 'coffee shop' appeal but lacks in ambience. It has great potential but it seems run down."

(Editor's Note: This columnist does not agree with that last assessment.)

Jacksonville Joe's, Mama K said, does not have the store front but does sport a drive-through.

"In my opinion, this is a necessity for the coffeeholic," she said in her email. "I have ordered several different variations of coffee and have been pleased every time. Two times I drove up and told him (Larry the owner) what I wanted in my coffee and he nailed it overtime."

Mama K said she is a big fan of the  different concoctions on Larry's menu and loves the chocolate covered coffee bean he puts on top of each coffee lid.

"He also sells them by the bag," she said. "He offers gift certificates, which I have given, and his hours of operation and the convenience of drive-through puts him over the top.  Did I tell you his prices are very reasonable? And oh yeah, the coffee is the best in Jacksonville by far!"

So says Mama K.

But the quest continues.

Do you have a java-tinted adventure you'd care to share with the Jacksonville Daily Progress? Perhaps you simply have a recommendation of where to go to get that ideal cuppa. Contact us! We totally want to hear from you!

As we have said, the cup of coffee in question  has to be hot, tasty, have lots of caffeine, and  have the capacity to wake this reporter up in the morning. Email me, and I will place your suggestion on a tallied list.

Later, I will travel around town, sampling one cup per day. I will ultimately proclaim a winner in this column.

Time to wake up!



A NEW RESTAURANT IN

JACKSONVILLE? WHOA



It would seem congratulations are in order for Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, 705 S. Jackson, which just opened for business.

The restaurant is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

"Stop by today and enjoy their delicious food and drinks," the release reads.

Apparently, there's a huge amount of positive buzz surrounding this restaurant. We'll be seeking to do a feature story on their opening fairly soon.



 Ben Tinsley, a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter with over 20 years in the journalism industry, writes Business Confidential, a column designed to help promote and help spotlight the diverse and growing

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