The Start Line is Within Sight
April 22, 2010
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