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    November 13, 2014

    Phoenix Baristas Throw Down -- with Coffee

    The term "Thursday Night Throwdown" means something special. No, it's not some sort of MMA Fight - the events (usually) result in very little physical violence. A TNT, as we coffee folk are wont to call it, is an ultra-nerdy latte art competition and community-building exercise for area baristas. An ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Trailhead Bike Cafe Provides Great Service, Okay Coffee, and Badass Bicycles

    Bikes and coffee go together like... well, two really esoteric, hyper-nuanced things that probably shouldn't actually go together but somehow totally do. Maybe it's about craftsmanship. Maybe it's about taking time to enjoy the simple things. Maybe it's about wanting your espresso to be as smooth as ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Phoenix Barista Harlin Glovacki Qualifies for US Barista Championship

    Harlin Glovacki of Nom de Plume Coffee Roasters made Phoenix coffee afficionados proud last week by taking fifth place in the Southwest Division of the Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Achieving a top-six placement qualifies him to compete at the national level in February's United States B ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Altitude Coffee Lab Brings Humility and Comfort to the Scottsdale Scene

    Altitude Coffee Lab recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in the best possible way: by winning a New Times Best of Phoenix award.

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    October 6, 2014

    Meet Phoenix's 2014 Barista Competitors

    Each year, thousands of coffee professionals around the world congregate to crown a new Barista Champion. This year three fantastic individuals from Phoenix will be traveling to Rancho Mirage, California for a chance to be crowned the Southwest's Best Barista. This event feeds into the United States ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Phoenix Coffee Scene That Have Nothing to Do with Pumpkin Spice

    In the mushy-yet-magical coulee that is my imagination, Pumpkin Spice exists as a rejected sixth Spice Girl. Yoga-pantsed, Ugg-booted, and sexy-baby-voiced, poor P.S. just literally can't even function as a flavor. Pumpkins are a thing. Pumpkin Pie Spice is a thing. But "Pumpkin Spice" is a myth t ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    Cuppings at Press Coffee Roasters: a Fantastic Introduction to Coffee Fundamentals

    I remember, distinctly, the first coffee I ever tasted. At that point, I'd probably drunk a thousand cups of coffee and made about a million more than that for other people. But the first one I ever really tasted was from Ethiopia. It was reminiscent of warm blueberry syrup, delectably sweet, clean, ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    How to Order Coffee Without Sounding Like A Tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    4 Metro Phoenix Espresso Blends to Try -- and 1 to Avoid

    Espresso may very well be the tequila of the coffee world. To some, the word alone evokes memories of late nights in college spent guzzling bitter, amber liquid, not for the flavor, but certainly for its desired effects. To others, appreciating the drink is a mark of sophistication. Despite the smal ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Cartel's Drew Scharnitzke Demonstrates 3 Coffee Brewing Methods

    A few doors down from Cartel Coffee Lab's flagship roastery location in Tempe, there's a door that reads "Cartel World Headquarters." Inside, Drew Scharntizke, along with his fellow coffee instructor Bill Kennedy, spend most days using spectrometers to ensure their brews are being extracted properly ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    5 Flavored Iced Coffee Drinks You Won't Be Embarrassed to Order

    I know, that headline is a bit harsh, but seriously. If you can hold your head up high holding a dulce triple caramel frappucino with whip and chocolate sprinkles, you're stronger stock than I. However, I'll readily admit a love of flavor when it isn't just a bunch of syrup. Thankfully, there are se ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Latte Artist Perry Czopp Gives a Step-by-Step Tutuorial

    The words latte art might evoke an eye roll, but bear with me. Honestly, Perry Czopp, who has won local competitions with his pours, will be the first to admit that he doesn't take it very seriously. Rather, it's a means to get people passionate about their morning cup of coffee, and that's what he' ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    A Guide to Locally-Roasted Coffee Beans in Metro Phoenix

    With over twenty coffee roasters in town making both boutique blends and distributing wholesale, there's undeniably a lot going on in the Phoenix coffee community. If you're feeling stuck in a rut with your java, why not try a whole new roastery to add some variety to your mornings. While this list ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Shine Coffee's Christiaan Blok on the Perfect Espresso Pull and Coffee Creativity

    You might remember Shine Coffee as an airstream trailer coffee spot outside of farmers markets around town, but since April of last year, the shop has had a brick and mortar location with a detached lounge area located off of Central Avenue just south of Thomas Road. Since then, Christiaan Blok and ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    5 Things Your Barista Really Doesn't Want You To Do

    On the never-ending mission to make the lives of friends in the service industry better, we've posted some rules of etiquette for how to treat servers, bartenders, hostesses, pastry chefs, and even your sommelier. However, along with probably your therapist, there's one person who consistently sees ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Confessions of a Cold Brew Coffee Addict

    I wake up every morning around 7 a.m., albeit begrudgingly. Sometimes I hit the snooze until 7:30, but eventually I pry myself out of bed and get ready. Everything's hazy and grey until I pop into Cartel downtown on my way to work to get my morning cold brew. Everyone comments on how Cartel's barist ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

    In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee. ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Steve Kraus of Press Coffee Roastery Takes Us Through a Coffee "Cupping"

    This is part two of our interview with Press Coffee owner Steve Kraus. Today, he's taking us through our first coffee "cupping," a process similar to a wine tasting -- except with a lot more slurping. On Monday, we chatted about coffee as an agricultural product and found out why cuppings are so imp ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    8 Best Coffee Houses in Metro Phoenix

    Coffee: Elixir of the gods -- or at least the sleep deprived. Here in the Valley there are plenty of places to get a fix of fresh-brewed coffee. But if you're looking for a particularly satisfying jolt of caffeine we've narrowed down the options in this year's Best of Phoenix® edition. Here are t ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Copper Star Coffee's Lavender Cappuccino: Like Drinking a Flower

    Copper Star Coffee barista Emma Truitt is partial to the shop's lavender cappuccino -- but it isn't because she has hair the same color as the gently fragrant herb. It is because she is aware of how its flavor lends itself in a good way to the popular frothy espresso drink.

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    October 11, 2013

    Cold Brew at Tempe's Crepe Bar: Enjoy on Location or Grab a Bottle to Go

    The things you find out about your barista. Shelby Moore of south Tempe's hub for stuffed goodness, Crepe Bar, is a journalism student (full disclosure: he once interned for Chow Bella). When he isn't busy hitting the books, he can be found in the restaurant whipping up tasty coffee drinks that pa ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Latte Art Throwdown July 18 at Press Coffee Roasters

    New Time ArchiveJust an example of the many different ways to create latte art. Are your artistic tools foam and espresso rather than paint and brush? Listen up. Press Coffee Roasters and Cartel Coffee Lab are teaming up to host a latte art competition.

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    June 24, 2013

    In Taiwan, You Can Print Your Face on Your Latte

    Sorry, dedicated latte artists. Let's Cafe in Taiwan has got you beat. It has introduced a new machine that lets latte drinkers (and apparently, their cats) snap a photo, upload it into a magic machine, and print it in foam and powder atop an espresso drink. Because why wouldn't you want to sip a ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    10 Best Coffee Houses in Metro Phoenix

    When it comes to coffee houses, the environment can be just as important as the coffee they serve. With a variety of scenes, ranging from kid-friendly to crust punk and even bike-obsessed, there's a coffee shop for everyone in Phoenix. Finding the right one for you can be like finding a good pair of ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Toddy Takedown: Press Coffee Roasters vs. Cartel Coffee Lab

    Toddy-style brewed iced coffee is better than hot drip for a few reasons. First of all, the acidity levels are lower in cold-brewed coffee, making it more drinkable in those indigestion-filled crunch times. It's also higher in caffeine, which means you pretty much only need one cup to keep you going ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    The Coffee Chop Kicks Off Coffee Class Series at Crepe Bar in Tempe

    Phoenix coffee connoisseur Perry Czopp knows a hell of a lot about coffee. He's made a commitment to helping others learn about the art of all things java through his business, The Coffee Chop. The Chop offers coffee tours and tastings, and he hosts regular competitions that pit local baristas again ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Cafe de Olla: Unplugged Coffee, Mexican Style

    With the current overabundance of boutique coffee shops in the Valley serving small batch single source coffee, each high-end bag listing the name of the farmer, roaster, packager, graphic designer, delivery driver, etc., poured steaming hot or cold in a variety of creative and highly decorated coff ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Coffee Academy in Tempe Offers Courses for the Aspiring Barista

    Coffee nerds, listen up. Did you know there's a coffee academy with ties to the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe operating in Valley? Well there is, in Tempe to be exact. And the International Barista Coffee Academy is the only certified coffee school for SCAE in the Americas. If you're won ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Coffee Chop Helps You Become a Coffee Know-It-All

    Ever feel like your coffeehouse cool is blown once you get up to the register and see an option other than drip? Still think espresso has an 'X' somewhere in it? Well, you're in luck, java novices -- a local coffee connoisseur has started a noble mission to teach everyone all they need to know about ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Eight Best Coffee Houses in Greater Phoenix

    We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Starbucks' Double-Dirty Grande Soy Chai Frappuccino

    The Guilty Pleasure: (Double-) Dirty Grande Soy Chai Frappuccino The Place to Get It: Starbucks Coffee; countless locations Valleywide The Cost: $5 to $7, depending on how dirty you like it and how you pay What You'll Really Pay: 350 calories with whipped cream, 240 without. Counts more as dessert o ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Liberty Market Sells Stumptown Coffee, Presents a Coffee-Centered Community Dinner

    Coffee is simple, but preparation can get complicated, so most restaurants leave espresso up to the cafe across the street. Luckily for us, restauranteur Joe Johnston likes a challenge and stuck the E61 Bar - where a chrome 1965 espresso machine is the daily driver - right inside Liberty Market to u ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout

    Beer: Imperial Java Stout Brewery: Santa Fe Brewing Co. Style: American Imperial Stout ABV: 8 percent Beer: It's what's for breakfast. It's also for second breakfast, brunch, lunch, second lunch, first dinner and dessert, but today it's mainly for breakfast. And when a beer is for breakfast, there ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Iced Coffee All Day, Everyday - Thanks to Pinterest

    I love me some coffee! I love me some iced coffee. What I don't love is paying a ton of money for it, and if I do, it better be damn good. Now, there are many places where you can find a decent iced coffee in Central Phoenix, but that's not what this post is about. This post is about getting do ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Ten Favorite Coffee Shops in Phoenix

    10. Nami We know it's the new kid on the block, but even though Nami's known for its pastries and signature tsoynamis, we're big fans of the coffee. The ambiance of this bright, modern coffee and dessert shop is also a bonus. The pour over coffee with soy and agave sweetener is a hot cup of happine ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Hot Latte! Bikini-Clad Baristas May Soon Hit the Valley The exterior of Baristas' San Antonio location. "Costume Coffee" to go?​ Baristas' fantasy-based costumes?​Baristas Coffee Company, a Seattle-based franchise, could be branching out across the Valley. Local news outlets are reporting that up to five new java ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Chelsea Brown's Perfect Food Day

    Chelsea Brown​Chelsea Brown blogs about fashion on her popular local  blog Tea Talk. This ASU grad school student is all about great coffee and exploring Phoenix with her boyfriend Scott (who also apprears in the fashion posts). We wanted to know more about where her perfect day of food ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Seven Dibs-Worthy Seats in Phoenix Coffee Shops

    Claire LawtonLola Coffee on Roosevelt Street​A regular coffee shop spot is a sacred (and often secret) thing. All-too-often the lighting is bad, the music is loud, and the a/c vent seems to be at just the right angle to totally freeze the table -- and you. We've spent our fair share of time in ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Tonight: Open Source Project Coffee Shop's Grand Opening

    ​Great minds think alike. With Cartel Coffee Lab one of the only non-chain coffee shops left in Tempe, the past year has seen an explosion of new, artsy coffeehouses in the ASU area. The most recent is Ryan Gentry and Michael Witham's Open Source Project, scheduled for a grand opening at 8 p.m. th ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Copper Star Coffee's Café Au Lait

    E. GrovesCopper Star Coffee's Cafe au lait​Copper Star Coffee is one of those Phoenix coffee shops where people to gather to hang out, work on their laptops, and peruse local art (paintings by Pablo Luna currently hang on the walls). It's an old gas station remodeled into a cafe, and the old ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    The Fixx's Americano

    ​There's a certain art to pouring an espresso shot, and many baristas won't serve a shot of espresso if it's not perfect. Robbie Pfeffer, manager of The Fixx coffee shop and arts venue in Tempe, says some people take "the art of espresso shots" too seriously, but even he throws out his first shot ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Sola Coffee Bar's Agave Latte

    Sola Coffee Bar's agave latte​Sola is a hip little coffee bar in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, and it offers a nice reprieve from daytime window shopping. Outside, retirees ogle eagle and horse sculptures while BMWs jockey for parking spaces with Mustangs. But inside Sola, people inhale the sc ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Latte Throwdown Coming to Lola Coffee

    ​Sometimes the simplest things can make a big difference in your day, like the care your barista puts into swirling espresso and foamy milk into an intricate design that brings a smile to your face. It's art that's more ephemeral than a Buddhist mandala, around for a matter of seconds un ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Cave Creek Coffee Company's Bacon Infused Mocha Coffee

    E. Groves​We love any excuse to visit Cave Creek, but one of the best reasons to visit this sleepy arts community is Cave Creek Coffee Company's new Bacon Infused Mocha Coffee.That's right -- "bacon infused." Seems like bacon-flavored drinks are all the rage these days, and we'll admit the idea di ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Giant Coffee's Honey Vanilla Latte

    We make regular trips to Giant Coffee for their delicious scones, but this past weekend, we had a different kind of sweet tooth. We were craving a sugary, flavorful iced coffee -- and boy, did we get it, with Giant Coffee's Honey Vanilla Latte.

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    October 22, 2010

    Todd and Tami Hudalla of What's Your Grind

    Kelly Green​The business: What's Your Grind Gourmet Coffee Roasters What they're packin': Fresh roasted coffee beans and brewed coffee Where you can find them: Pick up a pound or two on Saturdays at Roadrunner Park Farmer's Market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or on Sundays at the Ahwatukee Farmer's M ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Grinders Coffee Co's Viennese Mocha

    E. Groves​We're in love. Just when we thought we'd tried every caffeinated beverage imaginable and gotten sick of coffee, we stumbled upon Grinders Coffee Co in Sunnyslope, and their amazing Viennese Mocha.Grinders proprietor Dennis Miller is a coffee connoisseur, and the Viennese Mocha is a java ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Latte Art with Jen Macias at Cartel Coffee Lab

    From a "glorified latte slinger" at a Starbucks drive-thru to barista to manager to the director of education and training at Cartel Coffee Lab, Jen Macias knows her way around a cup of joe. Today she shows us step-by-step how to make your latte not only look pretty sweet but also taste really damn ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Caffiend: Echo Coffee's Iced Latte

    ​Echo Coffee isn't that different from most other coffee shops. The interior décor is like a mom-and-pop Starbucks, decorated with plush chairs and spacious tables, over which hang red ceiling lamps. Hipster jazz usually plays softly through the speakers, and the scent of coffee grounds fills th ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Caffiend: Conspire's Molotov Mocho

    E. Groves​Indie coffee shop/hipster gathering place Conspire (also known as The Coffee Conspiracy) is one of those places you go when you're not in a big hurry to get your coffee. Conspire tends to be frequented by regulars and people from the neighborhood, and its not unusual for the baristas her ... More >>

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