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Psyd
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Posted Fri Jul 13, 2007, 3:56pm
Subject: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

This is to mirror the Calicentric threads that have just emerged, so the same suggestions would apply.
Use this forum for leaving the name, address, phone number, and/or website of your favorite espresso/coffee houses in Tucson and Phoenix (and surrounding areas) with a brief synopsis.  

There have been a lot of great places mentioned out there, so let's try and consolidate all the places on one list here.

No debating or reviews, please.

Just names, addresses, and website.  (Chain places like Peet's, Starbucks, etc. need NOT be mentioned).


Note:  Format stolen blatantly from Gusto without permission in the interest of uniformity.  Hopefully, forgiveness is forthcoming...

 
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Psyd
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Posted Fri Jul 13, 2007, 4:04pm
Subject: Re: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

I'll start.


The Coffee Vein
Mon-Tues-Wed 7a-10P
Thur-Fri 7a-12P
sat 9a-12P
Sun 9a-10p

Stone North of Drachman
1545 N Stone
Tucson, AZ

520.882.3738

serving Rocket Coffee Roasters


Crave Espressobar
Mon-Thurs 7AM-11PM
Fri-Sat 7AM-Midnight
Sun 8AM-6PM

4530 East Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ  85711

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP
520.325.3637

Serving custom roasts by Roaster X

 
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Psyd
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Posted Fri Jul 13, 2007, 4:24pm
Subject: Re: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

Coffee Society

4905 E Ray Rd # 107
Phoenix, AZ 85044
(480) 705-4282

Ahwatukee area (East on Ray Rd, from I-10, south of Phoenix)

Odd location, to Ra in the shopping center, just across the entrance to the cineplex.

 
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Espresso: LaScala Butterfly
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Drip: Chemex
Roaster: Cartel, Batdorf & Bronson
Posted Sat Jul 14, 2007, 8:13pm
Subject: Re: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

All three Seattle Espressos serve some ballin' iced coffee/toddy/cold brewed coffee...
...and in Arizona, it's drastically needed. I'd stay away from the espresso drinks; but Batdorf and Bronson is available in whole bean, just remember to check the roasted on date.
Ahwatukee
4722 E Ray Rd # 12
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Gilbert
891 N Val Vista Dr
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Tempe
1840 E Warner Rd # 136
Tempe, AZ 85284

Cabin Coffee
6525 W Happy Valley Rd # C104
Glendale, AZ 85310
Cabin Coffee in Glendale has a nice feel to it and I've never been served a low quality shot of espresso. They do some interesting things with their chai there that gives it a pretty decent (and different) taste. The sandwiches they offer come highly recommended as well.

Lux Coffeebar
4404 N Central Ave # 1
Phoenix, AZ 85012
A personal favorite of mine, no matter what's said around the Arizona boards, is Lux Coffeebar. They've been getting into roasting for their own shop, they pour latte art, and the atmosphere is enjoyable. However, I do have to give a bit of warning that I've noticed that a bit of lax care is taken during the afternoon and I've been disappointed with some shots I've been served during the afternoon hours. My recommendation is to visit it later into the evenings for a top quality shot of espresso. Also, home espresso enthusiasts should grab themselves a pound of their house espresso...so long as it's in date. The espresso is sweet and reminds of me of chocolate covered cherries, especially when pulled as a ristretto.

 
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Espresso: Saeco Barista
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Posted Wed Apr 9, 2008, 10:00am
Subject: Best Caffe in Tucson?
 

My brothers live in Tucson and I'd rather not have to fly down my espresso machine and local beans to show them what espresso/machiato is suppose to taste like.  One of my brothers say that nothing he's tried in Tucson even compares to 'Serious Coffee' from the lower Vancouver Island which I really hope isn't true, because Serious though they roast their own isn't super.  Someone please save me the task of shipping down my equipment and pointing to a cafe in Tucson with an international standard that roasts their own and can compete in a barista comp.

Much appreciated...
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Posted Wed Apr 9, 2008, 10:48am
Subject: Re: Best Caffe in Tucson?
 

I visited the Lux Coffeebar in Phoenix recently-  big thumbs up.

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Posted Fri Apr 11, 2008, 4:08pm
Subject: Re: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

Psyd Said:

The Coffee Vein
Mon-Tues-Wed 7a-10P
Thur-Fri 7a-12P
sat 9a-12P
Sun 9a-10p

Stone North of Drachman
1545 N Stone
Tucson, AZ

520.882.3738

serving Brown & Co Coffee Roasters


Crave Espressobar
Mon-Thurs 7AM-11PM
Fri-Sat 7AM-Midnight
Sun 8AM-6PM

4530 East Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ  85711

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP
520.325.3637

Serving custom roasts by Roaster X

Posted July 13, 2007 link

See the above corrections, and add Caffe Luce.  Central, near the main gate of the U of A, great roasters, great espresso.

 
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scalla
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Location: Tucson, AZ, US
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Espresso: Silvia
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E, Rocky DL
Vac Pot: Kirby
Drip: TV Moccamaster thermo
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Fri Apr 11, 2008, 4:21pm
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Javalinas in SE Tucson.
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Psyd
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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008, 12:24pm
Subject: Re: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

scalla Said:

Javalinas in SE Tucson.

Posted April 11, 2008 link

Another of those way out of the way.  At least this one is on the way to SV to see my Mom & Dad!
They pulled good 'spro, decent foam (a little sudsy for me) and their staff were nice and courteous.  Sorta odd, I'm used to a bit more prima from my baristi.  The place did have a bit of a paper-hat PBTC air to it, but the espresso they produced soon quelled those rumours.  And, they sponsor the Aggress bicycle team, so your money is going for good 'spro and a good cause!

 
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scalla
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Location: Tucson, AZ, US
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Espresso: Silvia
Grinder: Mazzer Mini E, Rocky DL
Vac Pot: Kirby
Drip: TV Moccamaster thermo
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Wed Apr 16, 2008, 8:26pm
Subject: Re: Notable Espresso/Coffee Houses in Phoenix/Tucson areas
 

I like the reason why it was opened in the first place. The owner always thought, on the way to her previous job, how nice it would be to have a coffee shop there. So she opened one. Very inspiring.
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