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 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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