Mothership Coffee Roasters
Banger Brewing and Mothership Roasters Single Origin Peru Penachi Cold Brew
Latte with Housemade Vanilla Syrup
Vegan Pocket with “Italian Sausage,” “Egg,” “Mozzarella” and Vegetables
Ham, Jalapeno and Mozzarella Croissant
Crustless Quiche with Spinach, Broccoli and Cheddar
Peachy Keen Peach Pie
Gluten Free Vegan Matcha Orange Blossom Twinkie with Chocolate Drizzle
Vegan Strawberry Tart
Blueberry Lemon Cruffin
Key Lime, White Chocolate and Raspberry Scone
Concord Grape and Lavender Galette
Milk Chocolate, Butterscotch, Pecan Rye Cookie
Now in the business for over two years, Chef Beth Ryan-Small having recently taken over the Gluten-free and Vegan baking responsibilities in addition to her ever-inventive prior role, July 2017 saw Juanny Romero and Joshua Walter’s Mothership Coffee Roasters embrace a new challenge, a collaboration with Banger Brewing yielding the 702’s first ready-to-sell Cold Brew.
At this point nothing short of a community staple, the crowd usually thick a half-hour after opening and all the best Pastries sold out long before closing each day, it was on Saturday morning that two diners made the twenty-five minute drive from central Vegas down to 2708 North Green Valley Parkway in Henderson, both Josh and Chef Beth present and happy to talk about new products including the black cans of Coffee and some of the most delicious Baked Goods offered yet.
In all ways a world-class operation despite its small size, the single origin Beans roasted on-site and served as everything from Espresso Shots and Pour-Overs to Lattes with housemade Vanilla Syrup or “Hopped-up” Nitro Cold Brew, it was with palpable passion that Josh talked about the new cans featuring nothing more than Coffee and Water, the decision to light-roast and not carbonate making the product extremely palate friendly without a lot of acid that should see them well received whether as a morning jump-start, mid-day pick-me-up or even straight from an ice chest with food in the same way one might enjoy Beer during a cookout.
At this point turning attention to Pastries, just a little over five months between visits seeing nearly the entire case swapped out for new choices with one returning favorite joining the mix by way of an exceptional Concord Grape and Lavender Galette, it was while chatting with Beth that two restriction-free diners were more than a little surprised by a Vegan Pocket with “Italian Sausage, Egg, and Mozzarella,” the sweating of two types of Peppers preventing them from overwhelming Fennel and Sundried Tomatoes while the recently redone Twinkie replaced a previously chunky filling with something smooth and rich with the Cake itself lightly sweet, moist and fragrant.
Next challenging anyone to tell the difference between Vegan and not with a Strawberry Tart, the hand-formed crust welled up and crisp around nothing more than fresh Berries from California reduced with a bit of Sugar, those looking for something a bit more substantial would be well advised to invest $4 in a “Peachy Keen” Pie that is large enough to be shared, the insides strewn in thin slices of White Peach without any sticky glaze and the texture of both the Fruit and Shell all the better for it.
Moving savory to sweet and back, the Croissant a little less proofed than would be ideal but still appetizing with melted Mozzarella playing well off salty Ham and Jalapenos, Egg enthusiasts will likely enjoy a crustless Quiche currently featuring Spinach and Broccoli while fans of Chef Ryan-Small’s Scones will be happy to see the Chili, Cheese and Onion version has not gone anywhere, though it has been joined by a sweet counterpart decorated in Key Lime, melted White Chocolate and housemade Raspberry Jam.
Intentionally saving Chocolate for last, the Rye Cookie now incorporating Butterscotch into the mix with great results, those looking for something truly decadent would be well served to visit around 10:30am when Brownies are set but still warm, the top layer crisp and crackling atop thick Ganache and a soft Cake base…though visiting so late may see Mothership already sold out of their recently launched Blueberry and Lemon Curd Cruffin that leaves Mr. Holmes original in the dust.
FIVE STARS: While denizens of DTLV would like the city to believe jam Vesta or Makers and Finders have somehow made Las Vegas a Coffee City the fact remains that Juanny and Josh have been setting the standard for years, Mothership’s Roasts only continuing to get better over time and the Pastry program from Chef Ryan-small on a whole different level from any American bakery in town.
RECOMMENDED: Vegan Pocket, Peachy Keen Peach Pie, Blueberry Lemon Cruffin, Concord Grape and Lavender Galette, Brownie, Cold Brew Cans or Nitro Cold Brew.
AVOID: Without the room for a sheet-laminator or storage space to proof the Ham and Cheese Croissant comes up a little flat.
TIP: Store hours are currently 7a-6p daily and Cold Brew Cans should soon be found in most places where other Banger Brewing products are available.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.