Upcoming Latte Art Competition on November 6

October 17, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Events

altitude-coffee-lab-throwdownI’ve just heard from Perry Czopp writing on behalf of Silent Flight Coffee and Altitude Coffee Lab.

They’re announcing a latte art competition to be held at Altitude Coffee Lab in Scottsdale on November 6, 2014. The event will be held in the evening, from 6pm to 10 pm.

All are invited, and Perry is taking RSVPs for baristas that wish to compete in the event. You can contact Perry at perry at thecoffeechop.com or use the form here. Perry is also looking for sponsors.

Shine Coffee is now Rollover Doughnuts & Coffee

September 19, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Phoenix

Shine Coffee is now Rollover Doughnuts & CoffeeThis morning the owners of Shine Coffee announced the sale of their business. The new owners are Kat & Brad Moore, who will operate the company as Rollover Doughnuts & Coffee. They’ve described it as a new concept, with plans to have a grand opening on October 4, 2014.

They’ve set up a Facebook page for Rollover Doughnuts, as well as Twitter.

It feels like just yesterday that Shine Coffee opened. You can see some pictures and my mini-review of Shine Coffee from June, if you are interested.

Shine Coffee’s founders are previous business partners with the new owners. Laryn & Christiaan Blok and Kat & Brad Moore apparently owned a food truck together in the past.

Here’s a photo of Pocket Park, next door to Shine Coffee:
Shine Coffee is now Rollover Doughnuts & Coffee

In their announcement, they described the sale like this: “Over the summer (and a few bottles of wine ) the Moores and Bloks hatched a plan to make this transition.” They added that “Laryn & Christaan Blok feel confident in handing off customers to a superb and experienced operation like Short Leash. The newest concept from Short Leash is sure to be as exciting and delicious as Sit + Stay and Short Leash Hot Dogs food trucks. The Bloks are looking forward to spending time on their next business venture.”

Curious about the doughnuts, and the British spelling, I looked them up and found these pictures, which look tasty.

Shine Coffee
10 W. Vernon Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Phone: (602) 625-6322

Western Regional Barista Competition (2014)

September 15, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Events

Western Regional Barista CompetitionPerry Czopp reminded me that there are three people competing in the 2014 Western Regional Barista Competition, which is being held in Rancho Mirage, CA, on October 8th.

It will be live streamed on uscoffeechampionships.org/watch and open to the public to attend in California.

The baristas competing are Perry Czopp (@thecoffeechop), Harlin Glovacki, and Michelle Johnson (@meeshalrj)

Support your local coffee professionals!

Lola’s Coffee at The Yard to Close

August 23, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Coffee

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!

Experienced or Apprentice Coffee Roaster Position at Coffee Reserve

August 18, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Jobs

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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Lion Latte Art

July 31, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Coffee

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!

Video: Firecreek Coffee Company

July 28, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Flagstaff

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 in Scottsdale closes

July 21, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Scottsdale

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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FAEMA E61 espresso machine at Liberty Market turns 49

July 19, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Gilbert


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!

Liberty Market
230 N. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ
Phone: (480) 892-1900
Twitter: @libertymarket

Firecreek Coffee Company in Flagstaff

July 18, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Flagstaff

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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