A new coffee shop has opened in downtown Billings. Mazevo Coffee Roasters and Espresso Bar recently opened in the former location of Le Lustre Cakes on First Avenue North.
Mazevo, pronounced muh-ZAY-vo, means “gather” in Greek, and that’s just what owner Damion Taylor wants his patrons to do. Mazevo is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Damion plans to stay open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights to catch the nightlife crowd. He’s also featuring local artists’ work in the space and will take part in the next ArtWalk Downtown Billings.
The location features a table for two, a couple of comfy leather chairs and two bars with seating. It’s cozy and inviting, two things that made this patron want to hang around for a while.
Which brings me to the coffee — Mazevo offers the traditional lattes, mochas and espressos, but also a few unique things, including affogato, a bowl of ice cream with espresso (yum!) and even an espresso milkshake. There are several blended offerings (vanilla bean and salted caramel caught my eye), along with filtered coffee, and my favorite-named portion of the menu — “Not Coffee.” Damion says their coffee is single-origin, meaning the beans come from the same farm and/or the same region of the world. For instance, his espresso is Ethiopian.
Mazevo’s coffee is air roasted in-house. The coffee is created under the name LiveHisLove and is used in several coffee houses in churches in Billings, including at Faith Chapel. Damion said the business is a ministry to help several causes including My Fight, which seeks to fight extreme poverty. LiveHisLove coffee can be purchased at Mazevo.
Mazevo’s baked goods are made in-house (except for the bagels) and include breakfast sandwiches (one of which is on a honey wheat English muffin) and cinnamon and caramel rolls.
Mazevo, at 2719 First Ave. N., is a wonderful spot to stop in for a cup of coffee and a treat, or grab one to-go on your way through downtown Billings.