If you have been reading the food blogs, you’ve probably already heard that Lola’s at The Yard will be closing on Sunday. They have announced that they’ll be reopening later this fall as a new-concept. They haven’t said whether they’ll be keeping the name, however.
They posted an announcement on their web site.
Lola’s at The Yard only opened about 6 months ago.
A reader wrote in with some interesting tidbits. The most interesting is that they’re no longer serving Lola Coffee beans, but instead are using another roaster. For some reason, the relationship with Daniel, of Lola Coffee (3rd Ave & Roosevelt) ended just two days after opening. There must be a story there.
Provision Coffee was providing coffee to Lola’s at The Yard, but for some reason that relationship has also ended. Lola at The Yard apparently only had enough coffee on-hand to make it until Saturday afternoon.
Some other comments from the same reader: They’ve gone through 8 head chefs, stopped making their own baked goods, and have had problems with partners, chefs, and coffee providers. While The Yard (Culinary Dropout, Little Cleo’s) is a Fox Concepts location, Lola’s at The Yard was not; it was just a tenant.
Supposedly they’ll be reopening again in 3 weeks, so we’ll see what happens! Thanks to our reader for the tips!
John Gozbekian, from Coffee Reserve, currently has positions open. They are looking for an experienced or apprentice coffee roaster.
John shared the following description of the position, and shared these photos:
Coffee Reserve Brands, a Specialty Coffee Roaster in the Phoenix Metro area, has an opening in its coffee roasting department. If you have experience roasting or have a passion for coffee and want to be a part of the coffee roasting community, we have a place for you. We provide a an environment that encourages and promotes coffee knowledge and experiences. Periodic trips to origin, SCAA and Roasters’ Guild events, cuppings and local coffee events are all offered.
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I finished my meetings yesterday and decided to go and get a cappuccino and a sandwich. I stumbled into Sip Coffee & Beer House on an empty stomach, and left happy.
Patrick, over at Sip, made this lion art in my cappuccino. Not bad!
I recently wrote about my visit to Firecreek Coffee Company in Flagstaff, AZ. I took some quick video on my visit to the coffee shop and a sharing that video now on YouTube.
Firecreek Coffee Company is a super cool place to visit, it has that old-time coffee shop charm, but without the dust and cobwebs.
Firecreek Coffee Company
22 E Route 66
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Phone: (928) 774-2266
Jolta Java, a long-time coffee house / cafe in Scottsdale has closed. We were heading over there on Saturday morning for breakfast, when we noticed the doors were locked, and the landlord had attached a sign to the door. The owner, Jonathan, was inside clearing out the store. Most of the store was empty, except for some leftover menu boards, and equipment.
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The FAEMA E61 espresso machine at Liberty Market turns 49 years old on Tuesday, July 22nd. And, to celebrate, they’ll be giving away classic espresso drinks (espresso, macchiato, and cappuccinos, for drinking in ceramic mugs) all day long!
If you’ve never been to Liberty Market, you should check out this photo-post I published a couple of years ago after one of my visits. They have just absolutely fantastic food, and a dedicated espresso bar inside the restaurant.
Joe Johnston emailed Arizona Coffee with the following description of their espresso machine, which is, to my knowledge, the only one used commercially in Arizona. Joe writes: “The showpiece of the eponymous espresso bar is our FAEMA E61 espresso machine, a retro-futuristic chrome plated beauty built in Milan, Italy on July 22, 1965. The E61 is perhaps the most famous espresso machine ever built, introducing several technical innovations that revolutionized the making of quality espresso. Our machine was used in Milan for decades then refurbished by Mr. Espresso of Oakland, CA and installed at Liberty Market five years ago.”
Has it only been five years? Congratulations to Liberty Market!
230 N. Gilbert Rd.
Phone: (480) 892-1900
In the downtown area of Flagstaff, facing Route 66, is the entrance to Firecreek Coffee Company. This location opened in April, 2013 and just recently celebrated its 1st year in operation.
Firecreek Coffee Company also has a location in Sedona, and previously had a location in Cave Creek. Firecreek Coffee has a fairly large roasting operation.
On a recent weekend in June we were on our way to Arches National Monument in Utah, and from there over to Denver, Colorado. So, we naturally had to make our way towards Flagstaff. I knew immediately where I wanted to go — Firecreek!
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If you’re lucky enough to live in Tempe, AZ, you can be a part of the recent launch of Silent Flight Coffee Delivery. They’re making 64 oz Growlers of ready-to-drink iced coffee that they’ll deliver to your door for $25.
The price per delivery drops if you subscribe and receive weekly deliveries. To have iced coffee delivered every week for a month costs $90.
For now, all deliveries are done on Sunday mornings, and deliveries are limited to the immediate Tempe area around the 85281 zip code. They’ll deliver to both residential, and commercial locations.
They’ve released this video:
Right now, they’re featuring an Ethiopia Danch Meng coffee from Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders.
The three founders and operators are: Perry Czopp, Cherisse Teeple, and Suzy Lippmann.
Congratulations on launching! You can learn more at their web site, or on Instagram.
Press Coffee Roasters announced recently that they will be opening a new location in Tempe, AZ. The new location, planned for a late summer opening, will be located at SkyWater Apartments on Rio Salado Parkway across from the Tempe Center for the Arts and facing Tempe Town Lake.
In their announcement, Press Coffee said they “will continue our mission to provide the best coffee and service we can, while educating and sharing our passion with the community we have grown in.”
Press Coffee currently has two retail locations in Arizona, one in Scottsdale, AZ, and the other at Sky Harbor Airport (Terminal 4). They also have a coffee roasting operation in downtown Phoenix, where they regularly host events such as the recent latte art throwdown.
I just heard from Tom Maegdlin, who is consulting with Letha Mae’s Bakery and Café which is opening this July in San Tan Valley. He wrote in to say that the owner, Michael Cox, is searching for people for the following positions:
- Café Manager with specialty coffee experience.
- An experienced Baker (will be given a great deal of creative license).
- Café staff preferably with specialty coffee experience.
To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom writes: “I have spent the last week getting Michael Cox (Letha Mae’s Bakery and Café) ready to open in early July. Michael is passionate about bringing his grandmothers baking recipes to the San Tan Valley community where he has been a business owner for 4 years.”
Tom added that Letha Mae’s Bakery and Café “is proudly serving Press Coffee and is committed to the high standards of a quality-driven café.” That’s awesome news for folks in San Tan Valley!