This month marks the one-year anniversary since local residents Ali Hajaig and son Abbas started serving coffee under the name Seven Cups Coffee from their mobile trailer in the parking lot of Stage Stop Marketplace.
As business continued to grow, the father-son team decided to take their business to the next level, and now Seven Cups Coffee is undergoing remodeling inside their new storefront next to Brooklyn Boys at The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta.
Plans are to open after the New Year.
“Things were really successful over there, so we decided to take a shop,” said Ali Hajaig. “So now we are here.”
The shop will serve a range of beverages including espresso, lattes, mochas and various blends of brewed coffee.
Abbas said that although Maricopa has a Starbucks, which offers many of the same products, Seven Cups Coffee will be about $1 less per drink than the larger chain.
Another difference, Abbas said, is that he and his father will be in the shop listening to customers and making changes according to their preferences.
“We are closer to our customers and it’s more personal,” Abbas said.
Besides serving coffee, the shop will offer a variety of crepes from sweet dessert crepes, such as banana, to crepes with cheese and egg — to eat in or to go.
“We are going to make (the crepe) so you can hold it while you are driving,” Abbas said.
Shop hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, although that could change.
Ali and Abbas moved to Maricopa a year ago when they decided they wanted to open a coffee shop.
“I like working and living in small towns,” Ali said.
Abbas agreed, saying he likes how people rely on each other in small towns to keep the economy going. He said that is not as common in bigger cities.
Abbas, 22, not only runs the shop with his father, but has been a certified X-ray technician since he was 18. After interning with Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, he has been employed with an urgent-care facility for the past three years.“I’ve always wanted to be in the medical field,” Abbas said.
Abbas, who lives with his father and six siblings, said it is important for families to stick together.
“We moved from Phoenix to here, and we bought a big house and we are staying together,” Abbas said.
The coffee shop is a business for the whole family.
“It’s all for everybody,” Abbas said.
For more information, contact Seven Cups Coffee at 602-323-4351.