What its more beautiful than this?
Terra Java, Phoenix AZ
Thanks to my mom’s gift of gab, I got the chance to chat with Omea Eaglerider, co-owner of this community gathering place in Central Phoenix.
Omea is a chef-turned-coffeehouse-owner. She had been leasing the kitchen in this coffeehouse, formerly Mama Java’s for eighteen months. Mama Java’s had been in business for eight years, but due to personal issues the owner needed to close the business. He turned to Omea, and a year ago offered her the opportunity to takeover the business.
Within 48 hours she said YES and combined her catering company “Terra Bites” with Mama Java’s creating “Terra Java Coffee House” where she can sell her world-themed foods to her coffee customers every day.
Coffee choice: They sell coffee varieties from Passport Coffee, roasted locally in the Scottsdale Airpark. Also offered are many other local and healthy food options.
Barista LOVE! They just sent one of their baristas to an international competition. I love it when owners support their employee’s passions, too.
Lovin’ the local flavor of Arizona!
LisaTerra Java Coffee House 3619 E. Indian School Rd
Phoenix AZ 85018
Java Moose Coffee House & Deli 730 Main Street Fairplay, CO 80440 http://www.javamoosesouthpark.com
Highway 9 offers a viable option when avoiding I-70 “slow and go” traffic back to Denver. As I descended Hoosier Pass driving south out of Breckenridge, CO this afternoon I was drawn to stop at the Java Moose Coffee House & Deli.
The barista was too busy to chat, but I met a kind man sitting at the end of the counter. He is a truck driver who lives in South Park. He stops in for a coffee and a doughnut whenever he’s home …. “love the community that meets here”, he said.
According to their website they have art hanging on the walls from the students in Ms. Husher’s class at the local middle school.
How does it get any better than this?
The charming Mirage Roasting Company sits in the San Luis Valley in southwestern Colorado on Highway 17. One woman told me that there is 1 person for every 2 square miles of land out there, which makes it the least densely populated area in Colorado.
The entire valley consists of acres of farm land for potatoes, barley, quinoa, etc. and sits on top of Colorado’s largest aquifer providing life-giving water to this high desert landscape.
Mirage Roasting Co. also houses an art trading business and cafe where both the locals and tourists gather. Lisa, barista and roaster, explained that they purchased a roaster about a year ago and now roast several pounds a week. Several of the area’s restaurants are now serving their specialty, single-origin coffees. They are proud of their 100% organic, fair trade beans and so is the community. They wish to remain small and specialized and never compromising quality.
On my tour of the Valley I also discovered The Great Sand Dunes National Park, a restaurant that raises and serves grass-fed yak, an alligator farm, the international spiritual hub of Crestone, and a UFO lookout tower.
What a grand adventure! This is what road trips are for … to discover the uniqueness of our country.
As the sun rises in the east over Denver, outdoor enthusiasts head to the mountains. WE LOVE THEM thar hills!
This coffeehouse is situated adjacent to the most popular commuter lot holding over 1,100 spaces that fill up every weekend morning.
Cheers to Alissa & Doug for opening this java stop last May for the Colorado adventurers!