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Mojo Coffeehouse celebrates decade in business with ‘10 Years and Still Here Sidewalk Party,’ May 22

Written by  Maggie Robert
Mojo Coffeehouse has been a gathering place for the LGD community for as long as most can remember. Neighbors, local artists, and all manner of coffee lovers have had the chance to witness its transformation throughout the ten years since its post-Katrina birth. In appreciation of the community’s continued support, Mojo will be holding a free neighborhood gathering on Sunday, May 22 at 1500 Magazine Street from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Mojo Coffeehouse was opened in March 2006 by owners Demian Estevez and Angee Jackson shortly after their return from having evacuated to Houston during the storm. Upon learning about the closure of Rue de la Course, Estevez and Jackson scraped together their savings to ensure that the longstanding space could have new life. Shortly after, Mojo opened its doors for the first time on Magazine Street.
In the years since, their growth has provided them the opportunity to open a second and larger location at 4700 Freret Street. Just last year, the duo partnered with manager and friend Matt Cronin to create Mojo Coffee Roasters, a small batch coffee roasting company modeled after the high-quality roasters that they had been featuring in their coffee shops for the previous several years.
 
“Even though we have been in the industry for a while, the coffee scene in New Orleans is constantly growing and changing,” said Estevez. “That has always been something that has kept us interested. We want to do our part in making New Orleans a coffee destination for people and this means constantly updating and reinvesting in our business.”
 
Mojo invites coffee lovers, neighborhood residents, and the entire community to join for a celebration of not only its 10th anniversary, but also the strides the New Orleans coffee culture has made over the past few years. Beginning at 4 p.m., Mojo will shut down its normal operations for the party, which will flow out onto the sidewalk surrounding the shop. Guests will enjoy wacky Chinese take-out inspired cuisine by the Electric Eggroll food truck, a specialty Mojo-infused Iced Coffee Porter made by local brewer Gnarly Barley and more.
 
“We’re excited to invite supporters to celebrate this milestone with us. Without them, we never could have made it this far and we don’t plan on going away anytime soon,” said Estevez. “We’ve been waiting on the opportunity to expand on Magazine for a while now. It’ll ensure that we can accommodate everyone in the community who wants to spend their time with us here, even during peak hours.”
 
Estevez personally eschews terms like second wave or third wave coffee, but prefers the term “NOLA wave.”

“We focus on quality and innovation as much as anybody else out there, but we also make sure to remember the importance of maintaining an eclectic staff and a focus on our community,” said Barista and Roastmaster Cronin. “After all, that’s what has always set New Orleans apart.”
 
More details on the Magazine Street expansion will be coming soon. Mojo Coffeehouse at 1500 Magazine Street and 4700 Freret Street are open Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. and Saturday - Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Learn more at mojocoffeeroasters.com on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
 
About Mojo Coffee House
Mojo Coffee House began with its flagship neighborhood shop on Magazine Street in 2006, and expanded to include a second location on Freret Street in 2012. One of the first coffee shops in New Orleans to introduce hand crafted pour over methods, Mojo Coffee House is known for being a community meeting spot and offering a cup of coffee to suit anyone’s needs. It's the perfect place to catch up with friends, do a little reading, or just soak in the atmosphere. Both locations are open Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. and Saturday - Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
 
About Mojo Coffee Roasters
Mojo Coffee House introduced Mojo Coffee Roasters in 2015. It began with one simple idea– to make use of Mojo’s obsession with exceptional coffees and share them with as many people as possible. Ethically sourced, hand-sorted and small-batch roasted in New Orleans, Mojo strives to highlight the innate sweetness and unique flavor characteristics of each of their coffees, and focus on ensuring consistency from seed to cup. Local cafés including Satsuma serves Mojo coffee in their Uptown and Bywater locations, and the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter features Mojo cold brew on tap. For more information visit mojocoffeeroasters.com.
Last modified on Thursday, 19 May 2016
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