Firecreek Big Park

An espresso, served in a class white cup, at Firecreek Big Park in the Village of Oak Creek in Arizona.When I was in Arizona this time last year, one of my chance discoveries was Flagstaff’s Firecreek Coffee Company. As an added bonus, the staff told me about a second branch, Firecreek Big Park, in the Village of Oak Creek, south of Sedona/Red Rock Country, a beautiful area that’s worth a visit (or two) in its own right.

Firecreek is right on AZ 179, which connects Sedona, to the north, with the Interstate, I17, to the south. Even better, just north of the Village of Oak Creek, it runs right through Red Rock Country, so Firecreek couldn’t be more conveniently-placed.

Smaller than the Flagstaff original, it serves a cut-down, espresso-based menu, plus a selection of cakes and a few savouries (granola, bagels and quiche). The space is lovely, a single, long room with a fireplace, open to the A-frame roof which soars above you. There’s also a large front patio.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Firecreek Coffee, as seen looking across the patio from the left...
  • ... and here from the right.
  • The patio itself, seen from the front of Firecreek on the right-hand side...
  • ... and here from the left.
  • Stepping out onto the patio itself gives you an idea of the views looking north.
  • The southern edge of Red Rock Country in all its glory.
  • Another look at the view, although this is from the side of the road.
  • The view looking the other way isn't so bad either.
  • Firecreek has two doors. You get to this one if you park around the back...
  • ... while this one is more convenient if you park out front or come in off the street.
  • Nice bench.
  • Inside, Firecreek is one large space This is the door on the right...
  • ... which you can see here from the back.
  • This, meanwhile, gives you an idea of the height of the roof.
  • There's a fireplace, surrounded by armchairs, in the middle of the back wall...
  • ... seen here looking straight on. I loved the stone chimney.
  • Another view of the four armchairs, each pair with its own coffee table.
  • There are conventional two-person tables around the walls. There's one at the back...
  • ... two along the right-hand wall...
  • ... and two along the front wall.
  • The rest of Firecreek is over on the left-hand side...
  • ... where the large counter dominates.
  • The door is at the far end, next to the fridge...
  • ... while there's a single, seven-person communal table at the far end...
  • ... made, I think, from a single plank of wood.
  • A view back towards the right-hand section of Firecreek.
  • There are plenty of neat touches, including the fireplace (it can snow in winter up here).
  • There's also a selection of books for you to read...
  • ... while the walls are adorned with works of art.
  • I particularly liked this one...
  • ... as well as this one.
  • This is the view of the counter that greets you on entering from the left...
  • ... while this is the view if you come in from the right.
  • The menu is handily placed on the wall behind the counter...
  • ... while the cakes and savouries are displayed in this cabinet at the front.
  • I decided to put the two-group La Marzocco Strada to work...
  • ... ordering a cappuccino on my frst visit...
  • ... along with a rather tasty slice of quiche.
  • I was back five days later for a pre-hike espresso, served with a glass of sparklig water.
  • My espresso on its own.
  • I paired this with a surprisingly nice pesto, spinach and mozzarella muffin!
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Firecreek Big Park, which opened in 2017, is on the left as you enter the Village of Oak Creek from the south. It’s part of a small parade of shops with a small parking area at the front (on the left), and a much larger one at the back (on the right). The patio has four round, four-person tables laid out in a square, partially shaded from the sun by large umbrellas. While you have to contend with the traffic from the road, the amazing views north to Red Rock Country are worth it.

Firecreek is behind the patio in the middle of a short row of shops fronted by a narrow porch where a solitary bench seeks shelter from the sun. Firecreek occupies two units with a door at either end. The one on the right is the natural entrance if you’ve parked at the back, while the other is handy if you’re coming from the street, front parking lot or patio.

Inside, there’s a single, long, open space, with whitewashed walls contrasting with the wooden rafters that soar high above you. The left-hand side has a long, tall, seven-person communal table running front-to-back and the counter, a large affair against the back wall. The bulk of the seating is on the right-hand side, where two-person tables line the front (two), right (two) and back (one) walls. Best of all are the four armchairs arranged around the fireplace and stone chimney in the middle of the back wall.

When it comes to coffee, Flagstaff serves its Boxcar espresso blend on a cut-down menu, plus the obligatory batch-brew. I visited twice, once for a late lunch having driven down through Sedona and Red Rock Country, and the second time, five days later, for a pre-hike espresso. My late lunch consisted of a slice of a very tasty broccoli and mushroom quiche paired with an 8oz cappuccino. As I’d already discovered at the Flagstaff branch, the Boxcar blend goes very well with milk, resulting in a rich, sweet, creamy drink, with an underlying biscuit taste. My pre-hike espresso, served with a glass of sparkling water on the side, was also as expected, quite old school in taste and a little dark, but very enjoyable. I paired this with a pesto, spinach and mozzarella muffin which was extremely good!

6586 AZ-179 SUITE 2 • VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK • SEDONA • AZ 86351 • USA
https://firecreekcoffee.coffee +1 928 485 4100
Monday 06:00 – 17:30 Roaster 111 Roasting Works (espresso + batch-brew)
Tuesday 06:00 – 17:30 Seating Tables, Armchairs, Tables (outside)
Wednesday 06:00 – 17:30 Food Cake, Granola, Bagels, Quiche
Thursday 06:00 – 17:30 Service Order at Counter
Friday 06:00 – 17:30 Cards Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Saturday 06:00 – 17:30 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 06:00 – 17:30 Power Yes
Chain Local Visits 5th, 10th February 2018

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