The Start Line is Within Sight

April 22, 2010

As I start this post, it is Thursday night at 10:21pm.  The Suns just beat the Blazers, and most people are getting ready for bed.  Personally, I’m very tired, but at the same time, I’m quite excited.

As a quick status update, we just missed getting our Certificate of Occupancy today.  There were two very minor problems: the building’s fire monitoring had lapsed allowing 3 batteries to fall dead, which needed changing (you have to laugh at some of the types of things that can hold up such a huge, complicated project).  That’s a landlord responsibility, which was quickly corrected, shortly after the fire marshal left.  As well, the Men and Women signs were not hung by the bathrooms (they were inside the bathrooms on the counter), so we didn’t pass structural.  Both problems were fixed in a few minutes, and we expect to get CofO at 8am Friday morning.

With CofO all but in hand, we’ve schedule the health department inspector for Friday morning at 11am.  They were just at the shop last Friday, so the only significant differences will be that refrigerators are now plugged in, soap and towel dispensers are present, and water is hot.  Although it’s certainly not a  slam dunk that we will pass health inspection, we do believe we are ready.

This means that around noon on Friday, April 23, 2010, we will officially be allowed to open for business at Echo Coffee.  On one hand it feels like the end of a long journey, but on the other hand I know it is really just the start of one.  You might say that my training rides are over, and the real race is about to begin.

This weekend, we’ll offer a limited menu, consisting of coffees, teas, bottled drinks, and a few fresh baked pastries.  As the sandwich and salad items get perfected, we’ll add each of them over the course of the next week or two.  In getting to this point, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed sampling various meats, cheeses, and breads.  We think we’ve lined up some absolutely amazing suppliers for all of the items on our menu, and we can’t wait to showcase the food side of the menu.

For coffee, the roaster decided to stop working last Saturday as I was roasting up coffee for this week.  Without a doubt, it was the low point of the last week, realizing the roaster simply would not fire up no matter what we did.  In the end, it turns out the overheating sensor had malfunctioned.  This put the roaster into a permanent flame out mode.  Alas, at 9pm tonight, I was finally able to get it to fire up for the first time in nearly week.  Fortunately, I have just enough roasted coffee on hand to last until tomorrow’s batches are ready.  We have contingencies for this type of problem now and in the future, but we just never expected to need to put this into motion at launch.  Fortunately we won’t have too.

Over the next week, we have 4 parties planned.  The first is the after party for The Scottsdale Camp on Saturday night.  The next is a contractor’s party on Wednesday night, giving us a chance to thank all of the contractor’s for their hard work.  The third is an employee friends and family party on Thursday night.  This party will give our initial 10 employees a chance to show off their new place of work.  And finally, on Saturday night, May 1st will be an owner’s friends and family night.

I’m tired.  I’m excited.  I’m doing laundry, and I have a smile on my face.  I look forward to sharing Echo Coffee with you.

Photo Credit: jayneandd


10 Responses to “The Start Line is Within Sight”

  1. Matthew Petro on April 22nd, 2010 11:03 pm

    Congratulations man! I’m excited for you, and I’m excited to try your coffee.

  2. Jay Thompson on April 22nd, 2010 11:12 pm

    Congrats Steve! (and team). This is exciting!! I can’t wait to stop in and check out the Echo digs!

    ” The first is the after party for The Scottsdale Camp on Friday night.” — I thought Scottsdale Camp was on Saturday?

  3. Chris on April 22nd, 2010 11:22 pm

    Hooray! I’ll try to make my way down there sometime in the next week.

  4. Steve Belt on April 22nd, 2010 11:27 pm

    You are totally correct, about The Scottsdale Camp Jay…best update that.

  5. Nick Bastian on April 23rd, 2010 4:50 am

    That’s great news, Steve. Congratulations!
    I am looking forward to my first Echo Coffee visit.

  6. Mike Funk on April 23rd, 2010 6:36 am

    Congratulations Steve!!!I
    If you have any more roaster issues, I’d like you to know that you could come up to Firecreek and roast on one of our if you ever needed to. Local roasters need to stick together! Also if you have any last minute supply or equipment problems, just holler!


  7. Steve Belt on April 23rd, 2010 7:09 am

    Thanks Mike! I’d be up there far more often if you were just a weeee bit closer, but I certainly appreciate the standing invite. I’ve been meaning to get up there again for ages now, to see what new things you have going, it just never seems to fit into the schedule.

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  9. Lindsey on April 23rd, 2010 11:23 pm

    I just noticed your business tonight (23rd) and am so excited to have a local, independent coffee shop in my neighborhood!!! Congrats on the open and all of your hard work. I will definitely be in to support you and enjoy what you have to offer. I can’t wait to see how you evolve and settle in. Welcome to the neighborhood! We’re so glad to have you!!!!

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