Restaurant Spotlight
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2010
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LaJava: a roasting house

I feel as if I just ate a sandwich that should be entered in a competition on a cooking show! The mixture of flavors in the Portabella Pesto Sandwich at LaJava in Suamico is simply perfection. The perfectly cooked and flavored, sliced, juicy, portabella mushrooms could make any meat eater turn vegetarian!

The portabellas were complimented with tangy, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes that burst with the flavor of summer and fresh, green spinach, all smothered with the perfect amount of melted Swiss cheese. This all sounds amazing alone, but this is sandwiched in between fresh, grilled flatbread that was perfectly crisped and pasted with their delicious fresh pesto!

I am usually a person that will either not eat lunch or just get half of a sandwich, but this day I polished off the whole thing, along with the blue organic tortilla chips and salsa that came on the side! Now, four hours later, as I write this article, I do not believe I will need to eat dinner … unless I manage to get my hands on another Portabella Pesto Sandwich! However, I believe I may have to undo the wrapper on my Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel Bar that I purchased on my way out.

LaJava is a green, organic and fair trade company that fights social injustices through fundraising and awareness. It is one of Wisonsin’s premiere coffee and peanut roasters. LaJava is certainly a hidden gem in our area, and when you walk into both locations, you feel as if you have walked into a wonderful coffee house and café that belongs in L.A. or Seattle. With local artists’ hard work scattered about both stores, you can purchase and view art from around the area while you enjoy one of their iced specialty drinks, teas, fresh-brewed espresso, organic chai or fresh-blended smoothies.

Also, at both locations, you can find: fresh roasted bulk coffee (no minimum), flavored and unflavored, sold in ounces/pounds; loose leaf tea sold in ounces/pounds; complete coffee and tea accessories; mugs; gifts and cards; local artist and consignment material; fruit; baked goods; and energy bars and drinks.

At the Lineville location, you will find a fantastic full breakfast and lunch menu, featuring fresh house-made soups, the Breakfast Portabella Wrap, parfaits, the vegetarian-friendly Black Bean Burger, the Turkey Pesto or Gobbler Sandwich, which features cranberries and cream cheese. Certainly “out of the box” menu items that anyone can enjoy!

The customer satisfaction goal at LaJava is to always exceed your expectations by offering you consistent, prompt and helpful service. All orders are roasted and served to fit the customers’ needs. LaJava will even help you grow your business by custom labeling your custom blend and roasting it fresh with local delivery. Their passion to help the community and serve quality, fresh food and beverages certainly shows in the end products. You can feel it the instant you walk in, with the friendly staff helping you behind the counter.

Do not hesitate to take a short drive if you are not in the Green Bay or Suamico area. It will truly be worth it and you will most definitely be back!

2300 Lineville Road, Suamico (they serve food)


430 Cardinal Lane, Howard (they do NOT serve food)


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