Coffee Tour: Johnson Public House
When most people move, they hope to live in a safe neighborhood with specific amenities that apply to their apartment or house. When I move, I just want to live within walking distance to a bookstore and a coffee shop.
Thankfully, I live a few blocks away from one of Madison's best coffee shops, Johnson Public House.
Owned by Kyle and Gwen Johnson, Johnson Public House (or JPH) opened in 2011 on Johnson Street. In a stroke of kismet, the couple's last name just so happened to be the same as the street on which their business is located. While the shop gets its name from the couple, it does prove that everything works out perfectly when something is truly meant to be.
Johnson Public House is a great spot for micro-roasted coffee from Kin Kin Coffee (also made by Kyle and Gwen) or to get a great cup from Madcap Coffee out of Grand Rapids. I love getting a V-60 of coffee on a Friday morning and writing at the coffee bar for hours on end.
JPH also makes their own syrups for lattes and mochas. I'm a devout fan of the lavender caramel flavor in my latte as it is just sweet enough to add a bit of flavor to my drink, but it does not overpower the espresso flavor, an issue I have had with other local coffee shops.
If you are in need of a meal or snack when you are grabbing a coffee, they have a small but mighty menu from which you can select a delicious option. I believe their grilled cheese is one of the best in town. Just add pesto and tomato to the basic cheddar and country wheat bread sandwich to have a quick comfort meal. I'm also a fan of their avocado toast. For $3, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast that keeps you satiated for an entire day.
With a cute smiley face logo, knowledgeable and friendly baristas, and crazy cute kids and pups ever present, JPH is a great coffee spot I am glad to have in my neighborhood.