From the moment Jo 2 Go opened its doors on Sept. 12, cars started lining up to try Sierra Vista’s new drive-through coffee shop.
“It was amazing to experience that kind of response right away,” said Shannon Schofield, who started the shop with his good friend Leon Dutton.
“Social media has done wonders for the business. Our Facebook page just blew up on opening day, and we’ve stayed busy since.”
Schofield’s excitement about the new business is reflected through Facebook posts, where he wrote, “We had a great week, and definitely felt the love. We are ecstatic with the welcoming response we have gotten from you all.”
If coffee isn’t your thing, Schofield tells his non-coffee-drinking friends, acquaintances and Facebook followers to indulge in the shop’s specialty items.
“We are so much more than a coffee shop,” he said. “We have so many choices of delicious specialty drinks ... check out some of these non-coffee beauties.”
The salted caramel Frappuccino is one of the shop’s biggest sellers, said Dutton, who also owns local jumping castle business High Jump Party Rentals.
“We have fresh fruit smoothies, made with all natural items,” Dutton said. “They taste amazing and are very popular.”
While Schofield and Dutton are new to the barista business, they learned the ropes from Patrick O’Malley, founder of the International Barista Coffee in Tempe. An Arizona native, O’Malley was born in Tucson and raised in Bisbee. His passion for coffee has taken him all over the world.
“We learned all about coffee history, roasting, grinding, brewing, and how to make the perfect cappuccino and latte. We got great training and learned the importance of using top quality products,” Dutton said.
Located at 40 Avenida Escuela, Jo 2 Go is next door to Sonic, in a building that Schofield constructed, facing Fry Boulevard in the (now-closed) RendeZvous nightclub parking lot.
Along with a variety of coffee options, Jo 2 Go also features such “Grab N’ Go” eats as muffins and protein bars, those ever-popular frappuccinos, smoothies made with 100 percent crushed fruit, a selection of black teas, lemonade and flavored water refreshers.
Along with the drive-through, the business also has a walk-up window.
“I love the interaction with the people who come through here and seeing our friends,” Schofield said. “The city has been phenomenal to work with, so this whole venture is going well for us.”
Claiming to be a “master mixologist,” Schofield looks forward to hearing the public’s reaction to some of his more decadent concoctions.
“So far, I’ve made Andes mint frappes, and they’re delicious,” he said.” And the mocha-caramel blend is pretty awesome.”
For the Keto crowd, Schofield has a heavy cream frappe option.
“Our goal is to make Jo 2 Go Sierra Vista’s favorite drink spot. Come and see us.”