Beyond the Tempe tourists know and love for its rowdy college bars there's a different Tempe, one that's all about neighborhood joint's like Steve's Espresso. You won't find anything pretentious here, just quality coffee and a great atmosphere. All their coffee is brewed French press style instead of drip and if you like what you taste you can buy it by the beans by the pound. They're locally roasted and delivered to the shop every week meaning you can also take pride in knowing you're helping support a local business. In addition to lattes, mochas and the usual espresso drinks they've got frozen granitas and an ever-expanding selection of loose leaf teas. If you're staying to read one of their newspapers or magazines you might also want to order a frittata or stuffed brioche, both of which come fresh from the kitchen. If you're on the go try a house made muffin, scone or cookie.
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Eric Leidlein has been roasting coffee in town for eight years, so if anyone knows the ins and outs of the coffee bean world, it's him. Starting as a barista, then roaster at Lux, and eventually working with Four Barrel beans at Gia...