MORE

Eight Best Coffee Houses in Greater Phoenix

Making espresso at Cartel Coffee Lab.
Making espresso at Cartel Coffee Lab.
Photo by Evie Carpenter

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 Phoenix.

Need a jolt of caffeine? Before you head to Circle K, keep in mind that not all caffeine is created equal. If you have a more refined taste when it comes to coffee, espresso, and the like, check out our eight picks for the best coffee houses in greater Phoenix. Sip and enjoy.

Best Coffee House, Central Phoenix: Carmel's Coffee & Bakery

We were sold on this quaint and cozy coffee shop the second that designer-turned-barista Pat Flanagan opened the doors of his freshly remodeled spot last spring. The warm interior and interesting artwork begs you to take a few minutes out of your day to stay and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee (beans courtesy of Lux). Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Carmel's Coffee & Bakery.

Best Coffee House, North Phoenix: Matador Coffee Roasting

This strip-mall gem serves hot cups of fresh-brewed coffee from its skillfully roasted beans along with sweet housemade pastries. Matador strives to roast only the best beans daily, giving each and every cup of coffee or shot of espresso an extra kick of flavor to start your caffeinated day on the right foot. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Matador Coffee.

Best Coffee House, South Phoenix: Cupz N' Crepes

Crepes and coffee go together like peanut butter and jelly, David Lee Roth and Van Halen, or vodka and Red Bull. Without one, the other is lonely and incomplete. Thankfully, Cupz N' Crepes is keeping the coffee-and-crepe team together at its Paris-inspired shop in Ahwatukee. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Cupz N' Crepes.

Best Coffee House, West Valley: Elevate Coffee Co.

A good West Valley coffee shop isn't easy to come by -- so many we've loved have shut their doors and taken their sweet coffee drinks and free Wi-Fi with them. Thank goodness we've been blessed with Elevate Coffee Co. The modern coffee shop is inviting, with lots of cozy nooks in which to relax with a hot latte and a good book or sit at one of the sleek tables with a laptop, a java chip frappe, and a Southwest turkey sandwich during lunch. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Elevate Coffee Co.

 

Lola Coffee
Lola Coffee
Photo by Dayvid LeMmon

Best Coffee House, Downtown Phoenix: Lola Coffee

All of the sudden, there's a lot of coffee competition on Roosevelt Row. But for us, there's no contest. Fresh house-roasted beans, an in-house bakery, an omelet bar, and a beautiful selection of rotating artwork are just a few reasons why Lola is our go-to downtown coffee shop. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Lola Coffee.

Best Coffee House, Southeast Valley: The Coffee Shop

On the grounds of Agritopia (home of Joe's Farm Grill) in Gilbert, The Coffee Shop is a sanctuary from run-of-the-mill strip-mall coffee joints. Set in a beautifully repurposed maintenance garage, the spacious modern building has tons of natural light and plenty of seating. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on The Coffee Shop.

Best Coffee House, Tempe: Cartel Coffee Lab

When Cartel Coffee Lab opened its doors in 2007, it changed the game for coffee shops across the state. In Arizona, roasting beans was unheard of, and unless they'd visited Portland or Seattle, most Arizonans didn't really have a clue that coffee could be so good. With its über-hip industrial space and walls adorned with artwork from the Tempe community, Cartel is still top dog in this 'hood. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Cartel.

Best Coffee House, Scottsdale: Village Coffee Roastery

The first thing that you'll notice when you walk in the doors of this sleek coffee shop is the giant bean roaster on the south side of the room, and most of our afternoon visits have been accompanied by the aroma of fresh-roasted coffee. The shop's small-batch roasted beans have an exotic flavor achieved by using a patented scientific method employed by only a handful of roasters in the world. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Village Coffee Roastery.


Check out the complete edition of Best of Phoenix® 2012.

...And take a scientific journey through the Best of Phoenix® 2012 micro-site.

Eight Best Coffee Houses in Greater Phoenix

Follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook

Use Current Location

Related Locations

miles
Carmel's Coffee & Bakery

4233 E. Camelback
Phoenix, AZ 85018

480-626-0020

www.carmelsbreakfast.com

miles
Lola Coffee

1001 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-252-2265

www.lolacoffeebar.com

miles
Matador Coffee Roasting Company

3230 E. Union Hills Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85050

602-971-3600

www.matadorcoffee.com

miles
Cupz N' Crepes

4232 E. Chandler Blvd.
Ahwatukee, AZ 85048

480-706-1963

www.cupzncrepes.com

miles
Elevate Coffee House

2530 W. Happy Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85085

602-341-5480

www.elevatecoffee.com

miles
The Coffee Shop

3000 E. Ray Road, Building 2
Gilbert, AZ 85296

480-279-3144

www.thecoffeeshopaz.com/TCS

miles
Cartel Coffee Lab
miles
Village Coffee Roastery

8120 N. Hayden
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

480-905-0881

www.villagecoffee.com


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >