Fourtillfour is one of a new crop of coffee shops that have recently opened in Scottdale (just to the east of Phoenix), joining old hands, Cartel Coffee Lab. What sets Fourtillfour apart, other than its award-winning outdoor patio, is that it combines speciality coffee with the passion of the owners (Nico and Mia) for vintage cars, the couple often organising rallies and other events.
I first visited Fourtillfour in February 2018, at the end of the first of two USA trips that year. Back then it was using San Francisco’s Four Barrel, although following Four Barrel’s well-publicised troubles, Nico and Mia were in the process of choosing a new roaster. When I returned the following month, FourTillFour had switched to another Californian roaster, Verve, although that was just a stop-gap while Nico and Mia moved to their ultimate solution, roasting their own coffee, which went live in October last year.
You can see what I found when I popped back in January after the gallery.
On first sight, Fourtillfour was much as I remembered it, the outdoor terrace still basking in the Arizona sun. However, as I got closer, I began to notice the differences, a sign out front proudly proclaiming “House-roasted Coffee”. This is even more apparent if you enter from the side, where there’s a table selling retail bags of coffee.
The real giveaway is inside. Although the main room, with the counter at the back, is unchanged, the side room, which used to offer additional seating, is now the roastery, a large Probat roaster taking pride of place, along with the obligatory sack of green beans, a washed Honduran single-origin, Nico and Mia having spent several months researching their options, including taking a trip to origin. In another claim to fame, Fourtillfour works directly with the farm, making it one the few coffee shop/roasters to deal solely in directly-traded coffee.
For now, Fourtillfour roasts twice a week, going under the brand “Four Coffee”. Currently it’s just used in the shop, although you can buy retail bags to take home. The same coffee is used for both the espresso and batch-brew options. Naturally I had to try some, going for a shot of espresso, which, I have to say, was excellent. Although a little bright, it was really smooth and surprisingly sweet. I paired this with the last of the day’s blueberry doughnuts, an equally lovely concoction.
Another change is that Fourtillfour, which only used to open from Thursday to Sunday, is now doing so well that it’s open seven days a week, although it still shuts at the relatively early hour of two o’clock.
|7105 EAST 1ST AVENUE • SCOTTSDALE • PHOENIX • AZ 85251 • USA|
|http://www.fourtillfour.com||+1 602 888 3583|
|Monday||07:00 – 14:00||Roaster||Fourtillfour (espresso + batch-brew)|
|Tuesday||07:00 – 14:00||Seating||Stools; Tables, Bar (outside)|
|Wednesday||07:00 – 14:00||Food||Toast, Doughnuts|
|Thursday||07:00 – 14:00||Service||Counter|
|Friday||07:00 – 14:00||Cards||Amex, Mastercard, Visa|
|Saturday||07:00 – 14:00||Wifi||Free (with code)|
|Sunday||07:00 – 14:00||Power||No|
|Chain||No||Visits||Original: 11th February, 23rd March 2018|
|Update: 5th January 2019|
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