Patrick O’Malley wrote in to announce a open house being hosted by Espresso Italia Brands.
We are having a Spilling the Beans Party/Open House. It will be very interactive with latte art challenge, cup tasting demos, Coffee Sensory contest, roasting demos along with Four Peaks Brewery beer and food (We work right next door in Tempe). We want to show the community who we are and what we do.
Location this Sunday, January 6, from 4-6 pm.
Espresso Italia – Infusion Fine Tea – Liquid Tech – IBCA
1340 E. 8th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Hours are 8 am – 7 pm daily, Monday through Saturday.
They have a barista for the evenings that is a DJ, and this Saturday will be featuring guest baristas. Each Saturday, they are offering coffee classes (green, roasting or coffee brewing), and you can call for reservations.
Cortez Coffee Company sent along the following information:
Coffee nerds beware! After almost 2 decades of roasting coffee for some of the best local coffee shops, Tempe-based coffee roaster Cortez Coffee is finally opening its doors to the public with the debut of their new coffeebar and coffee market. This Saturday, April 14th, will be the grand opening of the new face of the Cortez Coffee Company, by flaunting their unhealthy obsession for all things coffee.
Come down to the shop to sample one or a dozen of the 19+ single origin coffee selections Cortez roasts on a daily basis, check out the frankenstein’d espresso machine at the front bar offering the most ground breaking unlisted menu of coffee drinks in the Phoenix area, heck… the world even!
If you’re drinkin’ what they’re pourin’ make sure to pick up a bag of whole bean coffee to go, or if you’re feeling the urge to cross over to the darkside of coffee, take home a bag of green coffee and a home roaster to start roasting your own joe.
The market will offer a huge selection of whole bean roasted coffee and for the first time in the history of awesome shopping experiences, a green coffee market with small batch roasting stations for you to create and roast your own coffee blends while you’re enjoying a cup of coffee by some of the most creative baristas in town.
There’s a great event this weekend in Tempe you should not miss: The free coffee tasting at Lost Dutchman Coffee Roastery. From 1:30-4:00 pm and will be held under a tent right outside the roastery. The weather is going to be beautiful!
The featured coffees are:
A very special Colombian (name to be announced)
A Sumatran (Blue Batak from the Lake Tawar region)
Hacienda La Minita (a Tarazzu from Costa Rica)
The coffee will be available to sample free and there will be coffee available for purchase; both roasted and also in green coffee form for those that like to roast their own.
Coffees will be brewed by a local master chef, who is an expert in specialty coffee brewing techniques. I hear that Biscotti will also be served. Click here for driving directions.
I received an email this morning from Victor Kessler, one of the first readers of Arizona Coffee, and owner and operator of Lost Dutchman Coffee Roasters. They are growing fast and looking to hire at their Tempe location.
The job description:
Part time work of 10 hours/week to start with. Looking for an extremely coffee oriented person for our business that knows how to work on and update web sites using standard HTML code. Secondary duties (to start with) will be to roast coffee on various equipment including Ambex and Probat roasters as well as equipment maintenance.
Silberschlag said his first two beers, an IPA and Amber-style ale, are on track to be brewed and sold to customers at his Tempe location by next March. The beer will eventually be sold at Cartel’s Scottsdale and Tucson shops as well. Initial production is slated to be 600 gallons a month, he said.
In addition to the microbrewery, the expansion will include a second coffee-bar area developed around what he called a “slow bar” concept. The menu will consist of a few select coffee beverages served only in for-here cups by a barista who will chat and interact with customers in a more relaxed environment where customers can sit, linger and enjoy their coffee. The plan is for the slow bar to open in January, Silberschlag said.
“It’s designed to be more like a bar experience than the traditional coffee experience,” he said. “We mean for you to come and hang out.”
Creating another reason for patrons to make themselves at home is Silberschlag’s strategy.
I just had a chance to visit the new Coffee Wizard opening this week in Tempe. Located on the SE corner of University and McClintock on the south side. They are associated with a car wash (optional) and have their own drive-thru, too.
Daniel Suh is working with Ron Cortez on this venture, and it looks like a winner. They will be serving Cafe Cortez coffee — Ron’s coffee roasting company.
On October 31st the are having their grand opening. They promised some special offers for customers that day. Then, on November 1st they begin normal hours (6am to 7pm), seven days a week.
Ron Cortez, owner, shows us his new toddy bottles.
Coffee beans in the hopper.
Coffee Wizard looks like a great place, and I look forward to my next visit.
Brosenbrus is a new cafe in Tempe looking to hire Baristas with all levels of training and experience. Steven Gross, the owner, writes: “Currently we are looking to fill several part time positions and are able to work around class/work schedules. If you are interested, please come by the shop and drop off a resume.”
Local barista Gianni Assam (formerly of Cartel Coffee Lab, and other shops) is running a fully operational espresso bar in a place called Open Source Project. Its a mix of art, coffee, and music… and maybe a little bit of co-working. They’re having a grand opening April 29th.