If you can't tell by our name (or our Instagram feed), we may have a slight obsession with coffee. Okay, we have a major obsession with coffee. When we're not drinking it, we're looking at photos of it. Below are three of our favorite coffee-inspired Instagram accounts:
We recently had the honor of hosting our very first Desert Froth event at Mothership Coffee Roaster's beautiful and airy new space in Green Valley. The highlight of the evening was a special live acoustic set by Nashville indie-folk duo Chasing Lovely.
A little background on how we came to collaborate with Chasing Lovely: A couple of months ago, Chloe and Taylor reached out after they discovered us through Instagram (This is why we love the Insta! It promotes such a sense of community/camaraderie). It just so happens that I (Hannah) was traveling to Nashville to visit friends, so I met up with the lovely and talented ladies while I was there, and the collaboration just felt natural!
Las Vegas was one of the stops on their Unbridled Tour and we knew we just had to host these inspiring and talented sisters! They've literally packed their tiny Hyundai Accent full to the brim for a cross-country road trip to play shows in different cities hosted by like-minded locals. Go check out #unbridledtour on IG to follow their adventures!
During the show, Chasing Lovely graced us with heartfelt performances of ten original songs. It was such a great way to start off our Saturday night, surrounded by friends old and new, and of course, great coffee! The acoustics inside Mothership was beautiful, not to mention the incredible details throughout the shop. We're all obsessed with that tile floor!
We would like to give a huge thanks to Josh, Juanny, Amanda & the rest of the Mothership Coffee crew for opening up their place, to the immensely talented ladies of Chasing Lovely, and to everyone who came out and supported! What a lovely evening indeed!
1. 24 U.S. coffee shops to visit before you die | via buzzfeed
2. couple quit their jobs to travel the country | via buzzfeed
3. gluten free green tea crepes & white chocolate-coconut filling | via minimalist baker
4. style at home: ariane goldman of hatch | via glitter guide
5. blackberry gin lemonade | via inspired by charm
6. behind the seams: alex carapetian and alonzo ester from longjourney | via the window
As Las Vegas’ longest-standing independently owned coffee shop, Sunrise Coffee holds a special place in our caffeinated hearts. From the first time we discovered this local favorite through word of mouth from friends and colleagues, we’ve been coming back regularly for both their focus on craft coffee and the inviting neighborhood vibe.
Sunrise Coffee embodies the kind of place that this city could certainly use more of, a place that fosters an organic sense of community despite this town’s reputation of being largely transient. It’s sort of become this well-kept secret that locals like ourselves want to keep somewhat guarded while simultaneously compelling us to tell every coffee lover we come across.
We recently sat down with proprietor and Las Vegas native Josh Walter, who started this beloved coffee shop with partner Juanny Romero back in 2008 with a mission to bring coffee culture to Las Vegas. “Growing up in Vegas, all I pretty much knew about coffee was Starbucks,” says Josh. “It wasn't until I started to travel to other cities, like Seattle, San Francisco and New York, that I realized there was a whole world of coffee out there.”
Inspired by their passion for bringing organic, fair trade coffee and wholesome vegetarian food options to the valley, along with the desire to build a place that would help develop a community, Josh and Juanny set out on what seemed at the time to be a pretty tall order. Over six years later, Sunrise Coffee continues to be a shining beacon of coffee culture in Las Vegas. “We’ll always have good coffee, but the real value isn’t just in the coffee, it’s the function that Sunrise serves in this community,” says Josh. “Some of the best experiences of my life, some of the best people I’ve met, have been right here in this coffee shop.”
The latest venture for the couple is expanding their brand called Mothership Coffee Roasters, with a full roasting facility/coffee bar currently in the works and set to open in early 2015. This brand new space will be mainly focused on roasting, allowing customers to witness the process while they order their coffee.
Mothership Roasters fully supports small coffee collectives from around the globe. A great example is the Rwandan coffee that they source from a collective made up of female coffee growers from two different tribes. This conscious effort to only buy coffee from organic, fair trade sources is one of the things that makes Sunrise Coffee special. It’s nice to know that the money they spend on all their coffee is helping to support a greater cause. And it just makes for a better quality brew.
Josh reveals that while both Sunrise Coffee and Mothership Coffee Roasters are ever evolving, one thing remains constant: their commitment to the vision of one day being able to proudly call Las Vegas a “coffee town” in its own right. That’s a mission we can definitely get behind -- one incredible cup at a time!
>> Sunrise Coffee | 3130 East Sunset Rd.
Living in Las Vegas, one gets accustomed to a certain level of abundance. From ample parking spaces to 24/7 access to debauchery to all-you-can-eat sushi---this city doesn’t shy away from excess! But one thing that is sadly scarce is the number of well-designed, locally-owned coffee shops—the kind where you can just plop down your MacBook, grab a great cup of coffee and feel inspired to learn, meet and mingle.
So imagine our excitement when a new coffee shop—better yet, a new urban coffee bar—opened up in downtown’s Arts District! Makers & Finders is the kind of cool neighborhood coffee joint that other cities like Portland and San Francisco seem to have no shortage of…and we think it’s about time Las Vegas gets a few more of its own!
Makers & Finders is truly a unique and welcome addition to the Las Vegas scene. Catering to hardcore coffee connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike, the café serves incredible coffee from various regions, boasting an impressive seven different methods of preparation- from pour over to moka pots to aeropress. As if that weren't enough, they also offer a delicious menu of “Latin comfort food” for brunch and lunch.
We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with owners Josh Molina and Valeria Varela to get the scoop on the “newest kid on the block” so to speak, before their official grand opening on December 5th.
The moment Josh sat down with us, cortadito in hand, his true passion for coffee was immediately clear. This passion started from a young age, inspired by Josh’s Colombian roots and re-energized during a life-changing month-long journey through South America.
Josh’s career path wasn’t always so grounded (pun intended!) in the coffee business. He started out in the insurance industry, making good money, achieving top sales records in his region…but found himself quite bored and uninspired.
He was always fascinated with the restaurant industry and his natural curiosity led him to try his hand at various fine food establishments around the city. His South American culture and New York City upbringing eventually led him to the idea of opening his own arepas and empanadas restaurant here in Las Vegas.
However, it was that life-changing month-long journey through South America, with friend and now business partner Valeria, which reignited his love for coffee and Latin foods.
Starting with a work-away stint in a small coffee farm in Santa Marta, Colombia and making their way through Equador and Peru, Josh and Valeria fully immersed themselves in the entire coffee-making process—from root to cup. The trip was just the catalyst the duo needed to tirelessly pursue the dream that ultimately became Makers & Finders.
“We chose downtown Las Vegas because we wanted to be a part of the inspiring growth in this community” said Valeria. “We’re very lucky to be downtown, and being in the Arts District makes it that much better!”
So the next time you’re in the downtown Arts District make sure to stop by Makers & Finders, grab a nice cup of coffee (perhaps a variety from Honduras, Josh’s current favorite), try the Latin Hash, arepas AND chorizo sliders, and just kick back and enjoy the laid back coffee-shop vibes!
>> Makers & Finders | 1120 South Main St.