Echo Coffee opened a little over a month ago, and fills a much-needed niche in South Scottsdale. Locals were some of the first through the door, and they congratulated, and thanked, owner Steve Belt, for opening an independent coffee shop in their neighborhood.
From its Grand Opening press release:
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (05.04.10)- Offering a fresh outlook on starting your day with a friendly smile, Echo Coffee has opened in South Scottsdale with the motto that the community around the coffee shop is what’s most important. From the modern comfortable décor to the numerous meeting spots throughout, Echo Coffee hopes customers will not only grab a great cup of coffee, but take a few minutes to relax and maybe meet a new friend.
The store has been open for less than two weeks, and already Echo has seen a steady stream of coffee enthusiasts interested in the modern but homey coffee shop. Belt, former real estate agent, always loved his time spent in coffee shops and wanting a change in pace. His new venture emphasizes this more tranquil outlook on life. “I loved starting my day by coming to a coffee shop, sitting and talking with my neighbors and colleagues. In my shop I wanted to combine a great product with a viable third place location.”
Each drip coffee is made to order at the pour over bar, where the barista pours hot water over the freshly ground coffee. Belt has hired chef Carylann Wootton, formerly of Liberty Market in Gilbert, to create a menu emphasizing fresh, organic ingredients. The pastries and light lunch menu include fare such as pecan and cranberry salad, curry chicken sandwich, hot pressed Italian sandwich, and various scones, breads, and pastries.
I stopped in early on and got a coffee roasting demonstration from Steve.
From green coffee beans…..
…. to the beautifully roasted.
And, of course, Steve sells these fresh beans by the pound, too.
I find myself looking for an excuse to head over to grab an exceptional cup of coffee and catch up with Steve. Not only am I glad to see a new business opening in South Scottsdale, it’s wonderful to see a friend going after a dream and doing it well.
The food is excellent too! Menu
To contact Echo Coffee, visit www.echocoffee.com, or call 480-422-4081.
Echo Coffee is located at 2902 North 68th Street on the northwest corner of 68th Street and Thomas Road. Business hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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