Life happens, and sometimes you have to roll with the punches — such as your car breaking down in the middle of Deltona at noon, in the middle of summer, while you’re trying to get to your next Foodie File subject.
After a scorching wait for a tow truck, in which I developed much respect for those who work outside in this heat, I made it to Java and More, at 1411 Howland Blvd., Unit B, Deltona.
The business is fairly new, with owners Anthony and Patricia Lorraine having opened its doors Feb. 13.
The couple moved to Florida 35 years ago from New Jersey.
While they own two liquor stores in Deltona — Bottle Stop 1 and 2 — the Lorraines started selling coffee, smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches out of their liquor store and drive-thru window.
After some success, popularity and challenges, the owners split the liquor store in half completely, and turned one side into a fully separate coffee shop.
Java and More is a cozy, navy-blue-and-white-accented coffee shop with a walk-up counter. Pictures of coffee and breakfast sandwiches line the walls.
Display cases with muffins, Danishes, and other pastry creations visually tempt you, while the aroma of Italian roasted coffee lingers in your nostrils.
I was greeted by general manager Michele Morgan, after my car overheated.
I, myself, was also overheating. Morgan recommended a chocolate peanut butter milkshake.
We were off to a good start as Morgan, a New York native and hospitality-industry veteran, whipped up an ice-cold creamy chocolate peanut butter dream for me.
I took a sip as I cooled down, and realized how much desserts and other foods can really change your attitude and internal body temperature.
Java and More has a variety of menu items, which cater to every mood.
They have coffee galore, including such hot drinks as cappuccino, cafe mocha and caramel macchiatos, along with cold coffees such as mocha frappés, iced lattes and caramel frappés.
“Our most popular hot coffee is the caramel macchiato with rich caramel, espresso, steamed milk, and topped with whipped cream, while the frappés are most popular on the cold side,” said Morgan.
You can flavor your coffees with plenty of options, which include toffee, vanilla, chocolate peanut butter, and many more.
What is impressive is how much “More” Java and More actually has.
Their extensive breakfast-sandwich menu includes combos for English-muffin lovers, bagel lovers, and croissant lovers alike, all with your choice of meat, egg or cheese.
There are assortments of pastries like cream-cheese-stuffed casitos, which are cream-cheese-stuffed pastry twists originating from Puerto Rico, guava-stuffed pastries, and a selection of savory muffins.
Sandwiches and wraps are also on offer, with eight different selections, including the crowd-favorite cheesesteak. I devoured my cheesesteak, served hot with peppers, onions and cheese, and slathered with mayonnaise.
Java and More offers fruit smoothies, soft-serve ice cream with toppings, and an item I will be back to try: two Belgian waffles, topped with ice cream, if you please.
The cafe has outside patio seating and a walk-up window on the outside.
It also offers curbside service, where you pull up to a parking spot and ring the bell. An employee will come to take your order, and deliver your selection to your vehicle.
Java and More also offers delivery through Bite Squad, an online food-delivery service.
“Once you try it, you come back for more,” said Michele Morgan.