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This summer Firecreek Coffee Company Founder Mike Funk is set to open The Roastery at 1618 E. McDowell Rd., just a hop-skip away from the first coffee concept he opened in Phoenix in the mid-1990s. With the opening of The Roastery, Funk’s coffee stomping grounds are quite literally coming full circle. The Phoenix location will serve as an additional facility to complement the Roastery in Flagstaff as well as an arts venue featuring a café, bar and kitchen offering small plates.
“We are growing by becoming even more local. Keeping our coffee as close to the source as possible is crucial for us to produce and serve the freshest, best tasting small batch hand-roasted coffee for our patrons and clients,” says Mike Funk, founder of Firecreek Coffee Company. “Having two hyper-local roasteries, one in Phoenix plus our original one in Flagstaff, will allow us to serve each of our communities without sacrificing the extreme quality that we strive for every day.”
Funk adds that having two roasteries will also allow the company to lessen its carbon footprint. In addition to roasting and serving local coffee, Funk believes strongly in the local food movement. The Roastery will serve small bites along with coffee in an arts-centric space that encourages patrons to come with just a few dollars in their pocket and enjoy a great meal and incredible coffee.
“We are so fortunate to have a great crew in Flagstaff that supplies local coffee houses and groceries in northern Arizona,” adds Funk. “With our expansion with the Roastery in Phoenix, we intend to build upon that same concept here.” The Phoenix Roastery will be accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association and will also boast a training facility to educate baristas.
Funk owns and operates four Firecreek Coffee Company locations around the state including Flagstaff, Sedona, Cottonwood and his most recent coffee café which opened in the Arcadia neighborhood in 2021. He has been deeply ingrained in the coffee industry since 1989. He began his coffee career in Seattle, where he had his hands in nearly every aspect of the coffee industry including custom building espresso carts, importing machines, developing and opening coffee bars and working to supply the hospitality industry with premium coffee.
In the mid 1990s, Funk moved to Phoenix to open Café Tech at 5th Street and McDowell Road, and in the early 2000s, he was at the forefront of third wave coffee, a superior, high-quality coffee that is scored like grapes in the wine industry. At that time, Café Tech supplied the specialty coffee industry with equipment, supplies and training, in addition to manufacturing carts and designing café interiors.
In 2008, Funk started Firecreek Coffee Company with his flagship café in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. He then began supplying AJ’s Fine Foods and Whole Foods with his specialty coffee, which is currently available for consumer purchase. For more, visit firecreekcoffee.com