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BEST NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE HOUSE, SOUTHEAST VALLEY Phoenix 2007 - Into the Bean - CLOSED

Into the Bean

1710 W. Southern Ave.

Mesa, AZ 85202

480-890-0579

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We've been big fans of this small coffee house, located across the street from Mesa Community College, since owner Luis Prado opened his doors in 2004. We dig the place's weird, shabby-chic vibe (including a multitude of Christmas lights and bizarre paintings from local artists) its eclectic baristas, as well as the constant stream of musicians who perform here throughout the week (like outrageous Christian troubadour Paisley Yankolovich and soulful guitarist Paul Raia). But the biggest draw has to be the Bean's line of imaginative signature drinks, like the decadent "Mocha Dong" (a frozen concoction of Hostess Ding-Dongs, chocolate sauce, coffee, caramel, and ice) or the "Rich Wake-Up Call," which consists of a mixture of Red Bull and espresso. We hear the latter is the kinda thing you should down before driving to another state or polishing off War and Peace in one sitting.
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Christer
Christer

Wow, there are more than myself who love that ugly guy - and what he's done with this place...=*^)

Every time I come by Mesa I still stop by and spend my hard earned money on one of his concoctions (and of course to give him a hard time as well)..

Louis is truly one of the great good guys - not only does he support the arts - he lets me use the shop as a studio at night when I am in town (warning - nude image):

http://www.christerart.com/sli...

He's still ugly though...

LOL

Christer

Jess
Jess

Congrats!! Luis you are a sexy barista. I need to come in soon, in desperate need of you.....r coffee :)

Jacob
Jacob

I love this place. I lived in Mesa when Luis first opened this shop. I used to spend a lot of time there, probably too much time. Its a great atmosphere and luis is great fantastic barista and a true friend. I hope to come back for a visit soon.

Ltlberr
Ltlberr

Awww this makes me so homesick! I love love LOVE ITB. Had so many good times there. I have yet to find any place that compares since I moved to Louisiana. I actually met my previous roommate there when he was working at ITB, and I have to say that eclectic is putting it mildly, lol! Luis is a sweetheart and truly deserves this recognition. Now if only he would consider relocating...

mk
mk

Congratulations, Luis, on the recognition of all your hard work. You deserve it!

Joe
Joe

This place is fantastic. They have a wide variety of drinks. For those that love the taste of espresso but can't drink it...try toddy which is cold brewed espresso that makes every drink tons smoother.

Jon
Jon

I love that place. They also have an energy drink that is blended with lots of vitamin b12 and C called the frozen Energy Smackdown. Their open mic night is a lot of fun as well, the owner hosts it and is pretty funny. The wi-fi connection is pretty fast too!! I definetely agree that this is the best coffee shop ever!

Jon

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