Afterburner Roast by Ground Control
1964 was a great year!! One of my favorite events during this very historical time in our country was my birth at Luke Air Force Base near the White Tank Mountains of Arizona. LOL.
Last week I coerced my Mom into taking me to Base so I could reconnect with my past; to see what had changed and what had stayed the same after so many years. Our timing was perfect! Lucky for us we were able to see some of the new F-35 jets fly in formation, peel off one at a time then land one the flight line. As a kid, I remember parking next to the road at the end of the line watching the F-15s and F-16s land one right after another. I could sit there for hours … the precision, the sound, the strength, and oddly magical … it has always given me a thrill!
Still on a natural high, we took Litchfield Road south past the lower entrance and guess what we found? One of the biggest independent coffeehouses I’ve seen yet: Ground Control, owned by one of the training pilots at Luke, Sean Rassas and his wife Tara. They have successfully brought together their love of coffee, community, food, world class beer and wine. This is “where community happens”!
They also roast their own coffee daily right there in the entry space that is both their roastery and the front counter. This multi-purpose room also serves as storage for their bags of green beans and the espresso machine where the baristas tamp out yummy shots of java. They recently delivered a select roast to Oskar Blues, a small brewery in northern Colorado. to brew up their very own coffee stout.
GET OUT OF HERE!!! How cool is that? ~Lisa
4860 N Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85395
At the counter @ Terra Java
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!
Terra Java Coffee House
3619 E. Indian School Rd
Phoenix AZ 85018
Look what I found at Whole Food in Cherry Creek, Denver Colorado!
Corvus is on South Broadway in Denver. They are a meticulous, local small batch roaster that also has a counter where you can order your favorite drink and chat with them about what they live for … amazing coffee!
Check ‘em out:
1947 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
Jason Gray is sorta like an icon in Castle Rock and I got to meet him!!
Now … that’s just based on me hanging out at his coffeehouse for a couple of hours drinking his personally roasted espresso and watching him greet his customers. He only roasts and serves the best coffee. There is a genuine sense of pride in his work that emanates from his being.
He has been in the coffee industry for about 30 year and got his start at Starbucks in Seattle in the 80′s. ”They had 25 stores back then”, he said. Then he traveled north to Alaska and spent many years with Kaladi Brothers beginnings and trained under Mark Overly now of Kaladi Brothers Colorado. In addition, he spent tons of time and gained the respect of the recently passed, coffee great, Michael Sivetz.
Jason opened Crowfoot Valley Coffee and Crow Bar Coffeehouse in 1999 and is ridiculously happy creating a place for people to come together and to serve them his finest roasted beans.
Gotta check out his shop, now serving a rotating selection of high-end craft beers:
Crowfoot Valley Coffee
734 Wilcox Street #102
Castle Rock, CO 80109