Driving along S. 12th St. in the Old Market in downtown Omaha, you can’t miss the brightly colored mural that Java Daddies recently added to the landscape. If you take a closer look, however, you will see a bright red, retro-looking couch and red lettering of “The Diner” in the inside of Java Daddies resembling a coffee shop from the 50’s.
It might make you a little nervous to walk in because the entrance isn’t the coffee shop at first. A sitting area greets you with a flight of steps right in front of you. Walking up the steps, you find yourself in the middle of the shop, the aroma of coffee beans stinging your nose. This is when you know you’ve wandered into the right place.
“The Diner Guy’s… Java Daddies” coffeehouse and coffee truck had their grand opening on Aug. 25. Before The Diner Guy’s…Java Daddies opening, they were named the Omaha Coffee Truck. The community’s response has been positive; in the short time since opening, they’ve already established a base of regulars.
The new owners, Ken Schroder and Rick Daly, owned a ‘50s style breakfast restaurant called ‘The Diner’ before Java Daddies. They held their last breakfast service at The Diner on July 4.
Devastated from closing The Diner, they had surprising news one day. John Feddin, the owner of Billy Frogs, the restaurant right next door, told Daly and Schroder that they were willing to expand their menu for them. Daly and Schroder also took over the old Tea Smith location right next to Billy Frogs, and to this day, it stands as Java Daddies. One reason they chose to continue at Billy Frogs was because they wanted to keep The Diner family intact. The Diner is special to them because it’s a family business and still has a lot of meaning to them. The Diner still lives on, but it now has a different role to play as the Java Daddies coffeeshop.
The coffeehouse is located at 409 S. 12th St. next to Billy Frogs in the Old Market in downtown Omaha. They are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The coffeeshop is vintage-like and has its own unique style, with distinctive furniture ranging from different types of chairs and tables to a blue studded couch and beautiful table accents. The first time I went, I decided to play it safe and get an iced caramel latte with whipped cream called the “Carmel Dream.” The “Carmel Dream” was well worth my money. Their signature espresso drink was $3.25 for a small, $3.75 for a medium and $4.25 for a large. It also costs a little bit more if you want their homemade toppings so make sure you keep that in mind when you order! It was a very delicious latte topped with whipped cream and their homemade caramel syrup drizzled neatly on top. This iced caramel latte ranked on my top 10 latte list, no doubt.
On another visit I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try one of their signature coffees. After looking at this overwhelmingly delicious menu, I decided on their signature coffee, “Daddies Cold Brew.” This was one of the best cold brews I have ever had. I suggest you get “Daddies Cold Brew” if you want something cheap. The smallest size you can get of their specialty cold brew is $3.00, and a medium size is $3.50 and a large is $4.00. Taking the first sip made me realize how easy it is to become addicted to coffee. It was rich in flavor but balanced with just the right amount of coffee grounds, making it extra flavorful.
At this moment, I knew Java Daddies was one for the books. Java Daddies had a calming and friendly atmosphere. This coffeehouse would be a good place to work on homework, read a book or catch up on the latest gossip with your friends-cold brew in hand. The employees at Java Daddies are kind and genuine. They care about their customers and their coffee.
You can order coffee and delicious pastries and savory snacks; they are a part of ‘The Diner’ after all. Java Daddies has an outstanding number of pastries to pick from ranging from a chocolate covered coconut macaroon at $1.75 to a three tier slice of $3.00 lemon cake. Trust me, if I had enough money to try everything on the menu, I would be the happiest little coffee drinker in the world. Their food, along with their coffee, was some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
I was introduced to coffee at a young age. I started to love the different flavors of coffee and became a stickler for the best kind. I know the difference between a rich and savory coffee and cardboard tasting coffee. I have been to many different coffee shops around the Omaha and Fremont area. Since I am native to Fremont, I know the best coffee shops like the back of my hand. I am still exploring coffee shops in Omaha and I have yet to be disappointed. I love discovering different types of coffee and satisfying my taste buds.
Overall their business was satisfactory and so was their coffee. When you’re in downtown Omaha and have nothing to do, swing by Java Daddies. I’m sure they would be happy to see your face, and you would be happy to receive some good quality coffee. For all you avid coffee drinkers out there, you will not be disappointed. I promise it will be the best chocolate covered coconut macaroon and cold brew you have ever tasted in all of the Midwest. Well, maybe not all of Midwest, but for sure top 10!