If you are looking to grab a flavorful cup of joe between classes, Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters is close enough to walk to for a delicious coffee, if you don’t want to lose your valuable parking spot.

When I arrived at the Jameson Brown nearly all the tables were packed with people and laptops. It is certainly a student favorite for those who would like to combine a coffee and study session. While wifi access is a standard feature at chain coffee stores, you would have been surprised how many times I have encountered boutique cafes who are trying to make a statement with their no wifi, no laptop and no cell phone policies. Gladly that’s not the case at Jameson Brown, where every single patron was huddling over their laptops and typing away at what I assume are term papers and other assignments.

Jameson Brown is certainly a student and study friendly establishment. This cafe has a combination of tables for two and long tables making it convenient for both when you want to meet up for a group project, as well as a commit to the singles study session.

With brick walls in a converted industrial space, Jameson Brown feels similar to hip cafes found in the Los Angeles Arts District. Minimalistic and Industrial is a general style. A chill hipster-esc cafe for the millennial generation.

Popular? Oh, yes it is!

This place is packed, and the one flaw I found with  Jameson Brown was that I had to look around for a free seat, because it is that crowded.

The times of 50 cents black coffee is certainly long gone. But the prices are acceptable for the average college student, even if you want to go for their specialty drinks. Prices range from $2 to $6 depending on the drink type, size and any special request additions. Yet, the flavor is way above that of a drink found for the same price at a Starbucks or other chain coffee store.

During my visit, I tried Jameson Brown’s specialty coffee, Snowball, made with white chocolate and coconut. It was certainly a handcrafted beverage, and even though I requested it in a to go cup, the barista took his time to pour the steamed milk in a leaf shape.

I guess the philosophy at Jameson Brown is that, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it still make a sound.” It seems like it doesn’t matter if you see the work the barista puts into the coffee, it still matters to them and they will go the extra mile to make your coffee, the perfect cup of coffee.


This cafe offers a variety of drinks and caffeine options including specialty drinks, for the sleep deprived and overworked college student.

Some of Jameson Brown’s specialty coffees include: The Lavender Vanilla Breve, Mayan Mocha with Chipotle Chili, Cinnamon, and Valrhona Chocolates, Vienna Latte with Honey and Cinnamon, Coconut  Breve with Coconut syrup and half & half and the Snowball with white chocolate and coconut.

Jameson Brown has existed in Pasadena for over a decade. Jameson Brown was founded by two friends back in 2006, after they had successfully been roasting coffee beans for friends and family, and decided to turn their hobby into a business.

“We believe that carefully roasting small batches on-site allows us to bring you the richest and most flavorful coffee. We are committed to providing the highest quality in all of our coffee and coffee drinks,” reads one section of the website.

If you make it over to Jameson Brown, don’t go for the basics. Get one of their specialty coffees, even if it’s to go.

Jameson Brown is tucked away about three blocks from PCC and can be found at 260 N Allen Ave in Pasadena, CA. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 am through 7 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am through 7 pm.

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