About Us

The “A.J.” in A.J. Java represents the founders’ children Alexander James and Ada Janisse. The founder started with the idea that there should be a place in every neighborhood that families could call “home.” Home is a place where you feel the most at ease.

This place should reflect the rich diversity of the neighborhood and nation in which we all live. Home is where everyone knows your name (or at least your drink) before you step through the door.

A.J. Java is a community partner. A.J. has participated in a disadvantaged youth training program for it’s entire five years. A.J. Java has trained 58 students to date. If you see a new, young face at A.J.; know that your dollar goes to developing the youth of today into employable citizens of tomorrow.

With an extensive background in the service and sales industries, she wanted to see if the dream was shared by many. To her pleasant surprise the vibe of the retail locations were felt by all.

A.J. Java was founded in 2003 and due to the good grace of every customer we serve we are still going strong in the original location.

A.J. Java Roasting provides all the coffee for the stores, and serves many other establishments. You can find A.J. on the shelves at New Season’s Markets, Proper Eats, People’s Food Co-Op, Food Front, and many other NW Locations. To all of our partner’s, I (we)thank you.

Please help us grow by letting us know how we can make your A.J. Java experience a great one.