Our Story

Who are we?

A Montreal born, hip, innovative café where you can enjoy over 20 kinds of gourmet paninis and wraps, mouth-watering baked goods, and a selection of hearty soups and salads. There is something for everyone, from our coffee blends roasted from top quality beans  infused with the aromas and flavors that are uniquely Java U, to our wide selection of teas that either calm or invigorate the soul.

Java U brings you quality ingredients, impeccable presentation and a fast and friendly service for a convenient and affordable enjoyment at any time of the day.


Like the city of Montreal that inspired it, the Java U brand smoothly blends the best of North American energy and a unique European style to deliver a fast, convenient and high quality coffee and food offering. From our humble beginnings in 1996 at Concordia University, the concept now boasts having locations in several Canadian provinces, England and the United Arab Emirates.

Celebrating 20 Years of Java U


Java U enters Toronto market with a signature “Natrel Milk Bar by Java U” on Queens Street West, Toronto


Java U & Natrel join forces to establish first ever “Natrel Milk Bar by Java U” on Notre Dame, Montreal



First location opens on Wentworth Street, London, UK


Keurig and GMCR contracts sold


Java U partners with Theory Clothing to open first “lifestyle café” on Ste. Catherine Street, Montreal


Conversion to Franchise Model


Java U became an exclusive Keurig distributor


Central Kitchen concept developed and implemented


Java U purchased by private group


Java U opens in Westmount


The Mezz location opens inside Concordia University


Original store opens on the corner of Guy & de Maisonneuve, Downtown Montreal