We had the good fortune of connecting with Fever Dream Coffee Jasper Wines and Nick Kizer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fever Dream Coffee, how do you think about risk?
We decided to open a coffee business in the middle of the pandemic in late 2019. We had signed a leased on a space for a shop before everything shut down and two weeks later everything shut down. We had to pivot our whole game plan so we decided to create a self-plumbed mobile cart unit that we could set up outside at our friends salon patio. The business really took off from there, but there have been so big highs and lows that we have had to navigate. It truly has been an experience that has been a bit unexpected.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Jasper Wines and Nick Kizer had a vision to create a coffee and food concept that would be unique. There are so many copy cat establishments that cut corners on ingredients and quality so we wanted to see how much we could do ourselves from scratch.
An example is that we make our own syrups for our drinks, such as in our Mole Coronado latte, which we render down spices such as mulato, pasilla, arbol peppers and cacao to create a unique and balanced hot or iced coffee. The key word is “balanced”. Making our own syrups gives us the ability to keep the drinks from becoming overly sweet or spicy.
We recently started serving food and the challenge for us has been not having a kitchen inside the FilmBar, where we are currently located within. Our answer to that riddle was to start offering gourmet grab-and-go food that we could cook at our offsite commissary kitchen and assemble at the FilmBar.
No cutting corners. It is important for us to hand craft each offering such as in our vegan “Gold Medal Breakfast Sandwich”. Ingredients include a house made english muffin, potato and leek latke, sun-dried tomato and sage polenta, chevre style almond cheese, caramelized onions, spinach, blackberry jam. You have never had a breakfast sandwich like this!
A challenge that we find is having people get out of their comfort zone to try something so curated and unique. Sometimes we have to do a bit of convincing but when people try we always receive outstanding reviews. I guess that is the thing we enjoy the most. Getting people out of their safe space when it comes to food and drink.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely suggest they hit up Roosevelt Row and Grand Ave. Places such as FilmBar which is our city’s only true independent indie film house, give you a taste of where our culture was a little over a decade ago when the popular Art Walk started on Roosevelt St. Now, Grand Ave is where a lot of that independent spirit has moved because of the commercial growth of the downtown area of Phoenix.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to the people who are willing to be our guinea pigs while we experiment with unique flavors and ingredients