I’ve heard from two people recently who wanted me to know about That Coffee Place, in Sierra Vista. I’ve also heard from the owner, David Cromwell, and he has expressed interest in learning more about the coffee scene in Arizona.
Chris Babbie (also known as Psyd on this site) sent in these photos of the shop, thanks to to him for taking the photos.
Another reader, Amanda, described the espresso as “awesome” and “the best espresso.”
That Coffee Place
2200 El Mercado Loop
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Today marks a special occasion, this site is turning 5 years old! It’s been quite an adventure. I’ve met many wonderful people through this site, and had so many awesome drinks from so many awesome baristas I can’t count them all.
The funny thing about this is that when I first launched Arizona Coffee, on this day in 2005, I didn’t really know much about coffee. I just really loved getting out of the house and going to new coffee shops. The site served mostly as a list of coffee shops that provided free wireless internet… because 5 years ago, it was still a rare luxury. So I made this site as a list of good coffee shops with free wireless internet.
Then, after about a year it all started coming together, and over the years I’ve developed quite a palette and taste for coffee… now I drink almost exclusively cappuccinos (but it depends on what shop I’m at, sometimes if I know a particular shop doesn’t make ‘em good, I’ll get something safe).
A big shout out to all of my wonderful sponsors — past and present — for helping to make this web site possible. It gives me the opportunity to try coffee, and hopefully share with you, my readers, where to get the best coffee.
The U.S. Barista Competition will be held April 15-18 during the festivities of this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Annual Expo. Due to the Southwest Barista Competition being canceled this year, 5 spots in the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Barista Competition were held open for the Southwestern Region to send competitors. Cartel Coffee Lab is sending three baristas – Ashley, Jen, and Melissa.
This week at Cartel Coffee Lab downtown we are holding a Barista Jam to raise support and awareness for barista competitions. The jam starts at 6pm and will go into the night! We welcome coffee shops, coffee enthusiasts, and coffee friends from all over the state to join us this Thursday night at our downtown location. Other valley baristas are welcome to come give our Synesso Hydra a hand and participate in the informal latte art throwdown. There will also be a DJ at the event.
The girls will be accepting donations to help cover their expenses for competing (yes, it costs money to compete) and travel.
“There’s a density of people in Phoenix that is ripe for the picking,” Jason says. “There are 30- and 40-story buildings with a lot of people . . . . There are ASU students, lots of them. A lot of residential things have popped up in the area. Together, you’re talking about a big group of people.” — Jason Silberschlag
If the figures from his blog are any indication, coffee awareness is growing in the Valley. Through a recent survey, he learned that about 50 percent of his readers began browsing Arizona Coffee in the past year. That’s pretty encouraging for a 5-year-old blog.