Cartel Coffee Lab - Tempe Cartel can soundly be credited with bringing a new wave of coffee quality to Arizona. Three shops later (in Downtown Phoenix, Tucson, and Scottsdale) and quality at their original Tempe location is only climbing. Lately the espresso has been getting more attention than usual since Cartel upgraded to a La Marzocco Strada - the 2012 shiny chrome sports car of Espresso machines. Cartel's faithful shot following might be missing the recent espresso that tasted like cherry and dark chocolate, or a sundae with small amounts of steamed milk. But the new espresso is from a single farm in Costa Rica, with current flavors lying in defined layers of orange and cocoa nibs. We're glad we have Cartel to keep us on our toes, with solid shots easy to come by that put Tempe high on the national scale of quality, if not quantity, for tasty espresso.
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