Cortez Coffee Company, the Tempe-based coffee roaster, will open a new coffee shop today at 1030 East Vista Del Cerro Drive in Tempe. According to a post on the Cortez Coffee Bar Facebook, the coffee shop will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Jonathan Carroll, owner and founder of Songbird Coffeehouse in Phoenix, is helping with the launch.
“...The bar will represent a place for students to relax and study, a place for networking, a place for learning more about coffee education and culture and/or roasting in general,” Carroll writes in an email.
Cortez Coffee owner and founder Ron Cortez has been roasting beans for various Valley restaurants and independent coffee shops since the 1990s. Cortez Coffee has most recently expanded its retail business by providing bottled cold brew to coffee shops such as Grindhouse and Hazelrock and selling retail bags of beans at Phoenix Public Market and local farmers markets.
Carroll says that he and Cortez also are launching a community coffee venture called 1912 Coffee, which will include “coffee shops, local independent coffee connoisseur reviews, sample packs of locally roasted beans, [and] annual cappuccino art competitions.”
Located in an off-the-beaten path commercial complex at 1030 East Vista Del Cerro Drive in Tempe, Cortez Coffee’s current roasting location has a green coffee laboratory, coffee house consulting services, and a tasting room, but the new space sounds like it will be more of a traditional coffeehouse.
For more information and updates, visit the Cortez Coffee website.