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 visit, we tried the Bookmans Cafe house blend. Turns out, it's not terrible -- but it's not awesome, either.
Bookmans Cafe gets its house blend from Intelligentsia Coffee, a fair trade coffee company that specializes in Central and South American coffee beans. The house blend is good, if not a bit weak. There's a hint of bitterness to the brew, but it's very subtle. Overall, the coffee tasted a bit like flavored water. It could have just been a weak pot, but if a cup of java loses its coffee flavor on account of one dash of cream and two sugar packets, maybe it's time to double the grind.
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As for energy boost, the Bookmans house blend gave us a slight sugar rush, but nothing like the caffeine kick we've experienced on energy drinks or stronger brews from Starbucks and Dutch Bros. Maybe next time, we'll order a shot of espresso to go with it.