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Stepping into a piece of history at Java Mammas Cafe

It seems coffee and coffee shops have become a mainstay in our lives.

Every town has at least one local coffee shop where everyone seems to know you and your latte of choice. Here in Reisterstown, that coffee shop is Java Mammas Cafe.

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Just a few months ago, Java Mammas moved from its smaller location on Main Street to a much larger one, about a block or so up on Main Street.

There is a lovely large sign out front that announces its location. But in case you don't know, it's right before the bend in Main Street before you get to Franklin Middle School. Don't you just love how we locals give directions?

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Java Mammas now finds its home in one of Reisterstown's historic homes, which dates to the 1870s.

When arriving at the new Java Mammas location, one is struck by how charming and quaint the location is. The environment created by owner Mary Truitt serves to make guests feel as if they are stepping into their best friend's home for a cup of coffee and good conversation.

As you walk up the front steps with the curved, black wrought-iron railing, you know you are stepping into a piece of local history. The wooden porch holds tables and chairs for outdoor dining and chatting in appropriate weather. The Old World charm of the venue combined with the modern-day convenience of the coffee shop offerings makes the location a great local gathering spot.

To the right of the stairs as you walk in is a large, bright and airy room with tables and chairs at which you can sit, eat, chat and enjoy the WiFi. Toward the back of this room is the counter at which you can order. This large room has a number of two- and four-seat tables surrounding several large windows.

To me, it seems like a rather eclectic collection of tables and chairs which just adds to the overall charm of the building.

If you are dining in, someone will bring your food to the table you have chosen, even if it's one outside.

Java Mammas offers a wide range of beverages. Visitors can sit on one of the stools at the espresso bar to enjoy some of those numerous options.

The shop offers both hot and cold drinks, from coffee concoctions and teas to frappes and chillers. Java Mammas has expanded its menu, as well as its seating capacity.

It now offers daily specials such as carrot cake pancakes, a spinach and goat cheese quesadilla, and a barbecue chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese on ciabatta bread.

Java Mammas is at 214 Main Street in Reisterstown. It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Terry Chaney is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached at annter95@yahoo.com.

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