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Coffee

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Hot Latte! Bikini-Clad Baristas May Soon Hit the Valley

    Baristas.tv The exterior of Baristas' San Antonio location. "Costume Coffee" to go?​ Baristas.tv 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    How Do I Make a Great Cup of Coffee?

    How do I make a really good cup of coffee? Coffee Beans Our favorite coffee house slogan: "Drink Coffee, patriotic beverage since 1773." That's because the Continental Congress declared coffee our official national beverage when the original tea party, a revolt against the British tea tax, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Caffiend: Bookmans Cafe's House Blend

    ​We know what you're thinking: Wait, isn't Bookmans a used book store? That it is, but as we've previously reported, the Bookmans location in Mesa recently opened a cafe. We've long been fans of the store's book, music, and video game selection, but we were skeptical about the coffee. On a recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Caffiend: Inside the Bungalow's Instant Karma

    ​Looking at the quaint, historic home that houses Inside the Bungalow off Robson and Main Streets in Mesa, one would never suspect the danger that lurks inside, in the form of a coffee drink known as "Instant Karma." This drink is a "red eye" (coffee mixed with two shots of espresso), and it's one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    5 Ways to Know Your Coffee Shop Doesn't Suck

    Cartel Coffee Lab does not suck. ​Consider this a shout-out to all the caffeine-fueled, hard-working Americans out there who can't get the day started without a cup of joe. We feel your adrenal-shot addiction and offer up this advice: Life is much too short to drink bad coffee. How does one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Caffiend: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Iced Pumpkin Latte

    ​'Tis the season for coffee shops to start peddling their holiday flavors. Christmas shoppers looking to stay wired while standing in long lines will be running for peppermint, pumpkin, and apple spice-flavored caffeine concoctions.  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is one of many java outlets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Caffiend: Mocha Bianca's Depth Charger

    ​"This might make hair grow on your chest," the bald barista at Mocha Bianca tells me, as he prepares a mix of coffee and espresso he calls the "Depth Charger.""Of course," he continues, rubbing his smooth dome, "It hasn't worked on my head yet."Mocha Bianca is just a few miles from where I've liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Caffiend: Gold Bar Espresso's Mocha Especiale

    If you can drive just 20 feet past the Starbucks in the Basha's Plaza on the northeast corner of Southern and McClintock in Tempe, you'll find another gem of a coffee house in the same shopping center: Gold Bar Espresso. This cozy little corner shop touts itself as "simply the choice of the connoiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Phoenix Phoodies: Royal Coffee Bar

    Sloane BurwellDespite its modernist tendencies, Royal Coffee Bar's building was actually constructed in 1890. Hayes McNeil has hidden powers. If he's not at Royal Coffee Bar (www.royalcoffeebar.com, 209 W. Jackson, 602-374-8044), the modernist java joint in downtown Phoenix he co-owns with brother-i ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 5, 2009
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    February 23, 2009

    Caffiend: Iced Coffee from Lux

    Iced coffee from LuxAnybody who's ever stepped foot into Lux coffee shop on Central knows the weekend and weekday morning scenes there can be chaos, with caffeinated hipsters and business-types all tapping away on their laptops or reading the morning papers. There's a reason they consistently flock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Phoenix Phoodies: Jason Silberschlag of Tempe's Cartel Coffee Lab Serves a Winning Cup of Coffee

      College towns and coffee joints go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is good news for Jason and Amy Silberschlag, founders of Cartel Coffee Lab, whose Tempe-based roaster and coffee bar is mere meters from Mill Avenue. Open less than a year, they've earned legions of adoring fans, both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Caffiend: Coffee Plantation's Eye Opener

    The first time I ever made coffee in my life, I almost killed somebody. It was my sophomore year in high school, and I was the "singer" in a punk/metal band called Legion of the Dead. The guitarist asked me to make coffee at practice one day, and, never having made coffee and with no frame of refere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Pop Culture: Java Pop

    By Martin Cizmar It’s 10:45 a.m. and you’re thirsty. Do you go for a cup of coffee or a bottle soda? Either you’re drinking coffee in the middle of the say like a cop with 30 years on the force or you’re drinking soda before noon like some punk kid who got up at 6:30 to catch his school ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
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    November 14, 2008

    Phoenix Phoodies: Jeff at Lux on a Mission

    By Sloane Burwell Jeff Fischer isn’t your ordinary barista. After 20 years in the hospitality industry, he and his wife took ownership of Lux Coffee Bar, so that his wife could pursue her life’s dream of owning a coffee shop. Under his watchful eye and warm smile, Lux has emerged as more than a ... More >>

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