Food & Drink

You Need to Try All of Phoenix's Best Coffee Shops

Published On 06/28/2016 Published On 06/28/2016
Sip Coffee & Beer House
Sip Coffee & Beer House
Peixoto Coffee

Peixoto Coffee

Chandler

With ample offerings of direct-trade speciality coffees and house-made syrups, this Chandler favorite offers a true crop-to-cup experience. The shop operates on a supply of Brazilian beans direct from a family-run South American coffee farm, offering speciality beans like Guji Hambela, Nitsu Ruz, Red Catuai, and the 2016 Cup of Excellence finalist, Yellow Catucai. Peixoto takes a non-traditional approach to happy hour with the Affogato Bar, which operates every day from 3pm to close. Here, coffee and gelato lovers can create their own sweet drinks with a base of nitro, matcha, espresso, or chai, and add toppings like cocoa nibs, toasted coconut shavings, or cookie crumbles.

Jobot Coffee & Diner

Jobot

Roosevelt Row

This Artists' District hangout is open 24 hours on the weekends and until midnight during the week, which means you can get your caffeine fix just about whenever it hits. Jobot uses beans from local roaster Cartel, and doesn't just deal in decaf and espresso; feel free to peruse the menu and get your fill of those famous crepes or tacos to go along with your coffee.

Sip Coffee & Beer House

Scottsdale

Looking to spike up that java? Sip Coffee and Beer House has partnered with local roastery Cartel to bring coffee drinkers something a little different. Get your espresso or coffee infused with a little liquor by ordering off the speciality craft cocktail menu (think: espresso martini, Irish coffee, Hot Tipsy Toddy made with Cartel cold brew). Of course, it's probably best to wait until after work to try one of those, but fear not: Sip’s baristas also brew regular coffee to order, even for those who have to have coffee made via Chemex, AeroPress, or French press. If you're not into the alcoholic coffee selection, this place offers more than a dozen craft beers on tap from breweries like Barrio Brewing, Papago, and Dragoon, and has 100 bottles to choose from on any given day.

Bergie's | Lauren Topor/Thrillist

Bergies

Downtown Gilbert

Neighbor to the iconic Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert’s historic Heritage District, this place has been slinging coffee out of a cozy, rustic cottage since 2009. It has one of the most beautiful outdoor patios in the Valley -- filled with chirping birds, green succulents, garden gnomes, and brightly colored furniture -- and specializes in custom roasting and blending. In fact, Bergies actually works with a variety of farms from Central America to Africa, which makes for an authentic, aromatic brew.

Fourtillfour

Scottsdale

Scottsdale's newest (and only) Porsche-inspired coffee shop offers a wide selection in the 600sqft space it calls home. Owner Nico Samaras decided to open after spending most of his time collecting and restoring classic cars, transforming an old garage (outfitted with wooden floors and framed artwork) into Fourtillfour. To provide quality java, he brought in beans from San Francisco's Four Barrel Coffee. Today, the cafe offers featured espresso drinks and cold brew, as well as other specialty selections. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, this place hosts occasional meetups for Porsche lovers.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab

Tempe (& other locations)

Tempe’s favorite coffeehouse has a longstanding reputation as one of the best in the Valley. It has a solid hold on the specialty coffee trade, roasting half a dozen varieties of single-origin beans out of this flagship spot. Today, there are six locations spread across the Valley -- and let’s not forget about Tucson -- all of which hold kegs of cold brew and every killer fixin' that comes with a top-notch coffee shop.

Songbird Coffee & Tea House

Songbird Coffee & Tea House

Roosevelt Row

This Roosevelt Row favorite certainly knows how to keep things local. The coffee is sourced from Tempe’s Cortez Coffee, while the loose-leaf tea comes from Tucson’s very own Maya Tea Company. Stop by and take your pick of some notable drink favorites (recommendations: single-origin pour-over, nitro cold brew, macchiato, matcha tea, Thai iced tea, and the espresso spritz with agave and sparkling water), and do NOT skip over the pastries, s’mores, or macarons.

Infusion Coffee & Tea

Infusion Coffee & Tea

Tempe

This independently owned and operated Tempe tea room and coffee bar is brewing 12 different single-origin coffees with unlimited combos, including craft drinks like draft cold brew or the Bourbon Barrel Burundi (yes, that’s coffee aged in a bourbon barrel). Added bonus: coffeeheads can learn the basics of brewing and roasting at Infusion’s International Barista & Coffee Academy.

Press Coffee

Tempe (& other locations)

This award-winning stop is one of the Valley’s leading specialty coffee roasters. By roasting its own selection of specialty coffees in small batches -- including a variety of direct trade-imported beans from Peru, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Brazil -- the roastery ensures a high consistency and quality for every cup. This place also makes the language of coffee easy to interpret (whether you’re a seasoned coffee connoisseur or just a newbie) by offering cupping classes, roastery tours, and brewing guides.

The Velo

The Velo

Roosevelt Row

This cyclist-friendly Roosevelt Row coffee house is equal parts bike and coffee shop (seriously). While the cafe doesn't roast its own beans, it does have an impeccable coffee and tea bar fully stocked with beverages from Press Coffee and Maya Tea Company. Stop by and have your java made however you like -- as long as it's pour-over, shakerato, or cold brew. Be sure to bring your bike for a Sunday social ride, stop by for live music on First Friday, and/or check out its Facebook page for information about the community yoga class.

Lola Coffee

Lola Coffee

Phoenix

Hand-roasted coffees, espresso, cappuccino, and homemade eats and pastries round out the menu at this local go-to. While all of it is delicious in its own way, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the affogato and whipped cream, as those are the most popular choices on the menu (for good reason). If you’re looking for something a bit more caffeinated, the Matador is the strong kick of energy you were looking for, and the cafe blanco is a great mix of smooth and creamy. But don’t overlook the standard vanilla latte. This place easily has the best in town.

Where U Bean

Ahwatukee

This place is tucked away in a strip mall, but don’t let that turn you away. Inside, the sweet, sweet smell of roasted beans fills the air as the baristas behind the counter are hard at work cranking out some killer coffee. The espresso bar uses LA-based Intelligentsia direct-trade coffee and Kilogram Tea (it's organic) to make all of the drinks. Where U Bean is a wonderful spot if you're looking for a quiet conversation with friends or co-workers.

The Coffee Shop | Flickr/Devon Christopher Adams (edited)

The Coffee Shop

Gilbert

Located in Gilbert's Agritopia -- one of the coolest agrihoods on a national scale -- is The Coffee Shop. Once an old farm garage, this place is now a bustling coffee shop that serves sweets like whoopie pies, cupcakes, and famous omelettes alongside a lineup of caffeinated drinks that are all freshly brewed daily. It's located right next to Joe’s Farm Grill, so after you're done with your order of waffles and ribs, fresh-squeezed OJ, and a burger for breakfast, grab a cup of joe at The Coffee Shop.

Courtesy of Emily Czech

Futuro

Downtown Phoenix

Located inside Palabra Beauty Salon & Art Gallery, Futuro is a new addition to the Phoenix coffee scene, but the shop is certainly leaving its mark. Some have called it "a futuristic space station,” others "Morgan Freeman’s white-walled heaven." To be honest, it's a weird combination of both, serving arguably the best cascara (a coffee/cherry hybrid herbal tea drink) in town. Additionally, this place offers a great drip coffee and two types of espresso, with beans from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel and Swillings Coffee in Colombia. Oh, and for the record, the menu is written completely in Spanish. But don't worry: if you’re not fluent, just ask the staff for help. They're damn friendly.

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1. Peixoto Coffee Roasters 11 West Boston At, Chandler, AZ 85255

Peixoto Coffee in Chandler specializes in direct-trade coffee, offering a genuine crop to cup experience. Brazilian beans come directly from a South American family-operated farm, offering plenty of specialty beans that pair well with house-made syrups. They have an Affogato bar in operation from 3pm until close, an unexpected take on happy hour. Customers can customize sweet coffee drinks with a variety of toppings.

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2. Jobot Coffee & Diner 918 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This cozy, brick-walled cafe on Roosevelt Row is open 24 hours on the weekends and until midnight during the week. Beans come from Cartel, a local roaster, and the food menu is a unique and refreshing change from the traditional lineup of pastries and muffins. You can get everything from crepes to breakfast sandwiches and salads. The space has room for live performances and a new local artist is featured every month.

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3. Sip Coffee & Beer House 3617 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

Exposed cinder walls and beam ceilings never felt so cozy. This Old Town Scottsdale spot is furnished with vintage mismatched furniture identical to the stuff in your Grandma’s storage unit, and it features a super-chill vibe typically reserved for the Downtown Phoenix or Tempe area. Sip Coffee and Beer House has partnered with local roastery Cartel to bring coffee drinkers something a little different. Get your espresso or coffee infused with a little liquor by ordering off the speciality craft cocktail menu. They also brew regular coffee to order, even for those who have to have coffee made via Chemex, AeroPress, or French press. If you're not into the alcoholic coffee selection, this place offers more than a dozen craft beers on tap from breweries like Barrio Brewing, Papago, and Dragoon, and has 100 bottles to choose from on any given day.

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4. Bergie's Coffee Roast 309 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Live music, locally made products, and expertly crafted caffeinated beverages are the hallmark of this rustic cottage spot. It has one of the most beautiful outdoor patios in the Valley -- filled with chirping birds, green succulents, garden gnomes, and brightly colored furniture -- and specializes in custom roasting and blending. The original flavor of house-roasted beans shines through in their espresso drinks -- via memorably smooth and rich aromas that elevate the humble cappuccino to a centerpiece of the morning hours.

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5. FourtillFour 7105 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Scottsdale's Porsche-inspired coffee shop Fourtilfour offers a wide selection in the intimate 600 sqft space it calls home. Owner Nico Samaras combined his two passions of classic cars and high quality coffee, transforming an old garage (outfitted with wooden floors and framed artwork) into Fourtillfour. The coffee is provided by San Francisco's Four Barrel Coffee, which champions sustainably-sourced single origin coffees and light roasts. Fourtilfour offers featured espresso drinks and cold brew, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, occasional meetups for Porsche lovers.

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6. Cartel Coffee Lab 225 W University Dr #101, Tempe, AZ 85281

Cartel Coffee, Tempe’s favorite coffeehouse, has a longstanding reputation as one of the best places for a cup of coffee in the Valley. It roasts half a dozen varieties of single-origin beans out of this flagship spot including their signature roast of "Black Market Espresso." The Arizona mini chain has a handful of storefronts, but you can also find their coffee being brewed in coffeehouses throughout the surrounding cities. Coffee is clearly the highlight of this spot, but each store also sells tea and pastries, and there are a few that also carry local brews on tap. The hip chain is full of dark wood and squishy couches, perfect for lounging with a cold brew or espresso.

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7. Songbird Coffee & Tea House 812 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Located in a old Phoenix home, Songbird Coffee and Tea House has retained the house's original 1904 hardwood floors and porch, but updated the rest of the inside and out with local coffees, vibrant colors, and friendly staff. Using coffee roasted by the Cortez Coffee Roasters in Tempe and teas from the Maya Tea Company in Tucson, Songbird keeps its business local and its products fresh. The star of the show is the coffee, available as a single serve pour-over if you wish, but it's backed up by a slew of homemade pastries that have garnered positive reviews—especially the vegan options.

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8. Infusion Coffee & Tea 1300 E 8th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

This independently owned and operated Tempe tea room and coffee bar is a coffee lover's dream, with a selection of over a dozen different coffees and a staff of highly trained, espresso-obsessed baristas to help you choose a drink. The signature drink at this craft coffee shop is the Bourbon Barrel Burundi—brewed from coffee aged in a bourbon barrel, this drink is way more complex than any regular coffee could possibly be, with a smoky whisky-bitter edge that's perfect with just a touch of cream. Infusion doesn't just sell coffee either, they're an active part of the coffee enthusiast culture, offering classes to the community through their own Infusion International Barista & Coffee Academy.

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9. Press Coffee Roasters 15147 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Press Coffee is an award-winning shop and one of the Valley’s leading specialty coffee roasters. They roast their own selection of specialty coffees in small batches, including a variety of fair trade beans from South America and Africa, ensuring consistency and quality in every cup. These craft roasters offer their selections in a variety of different forms, including single-serve pour overs, Chemex brews, and espresso drinks (which are often topped with stunning latte art). Intent on sharing their knowledge and love for coffee with the community, Press offers cupping classes (a technique of coffee tasting), roastery tours, and brewing guides for newbies and experts alike.

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10. The Velo Bike Shop and Cafe 828 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This cyclist-friendly Roosevelt Row coffee house is equal parts bike and coffee shop (seriously). With beans from Press Cofee, tea from the Maya Tea Company, and walls adorned by artwork from fellow members of the DTPHX Arts District, this Phoenix staple is all about building community. This isn't the biggest or the fanciest coffeehouse in Phoenix, but they produce their limited menu flawlessly, with pour-over, shakerato, or cold brew coffees and an ever-changing selection of healthy, energy-boosting snacks from local vendors. Live music and social bike rides continue their commitment to the community, and the limited seating inside means you'll have chance to get very close with your neighbors.

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11. Lola Coffee 1001 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (Downtown Phoenix)

In the heart of Downtown Phoenix lies this cutesy cafe, the humble home to hand-roasted and -crafted coffee drinks, a simple breakast menu and a mellow, cheery atmosphere. Amidst Lola Coffee's pastel yellow walls you'll find the short and sweet drink menu, from which you can order all your staples like cafe au lait, lattes and Americanos. If you've got time to sit for breakfast, all you've got to do is fill in a little check sheet of simple items like eggs, toast and bacon before handing it to your barista.

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12. WhereUBean Coffee 4804 E Chandler Blvd #110, Phoenix, AZ 85048 (Chandler)

Don't let WhereUBean's minimal signage and strip-mall location drive you away — inside this quiet little coffee shop in Chandler is where some of the most surprisingly decadent coffee drinks and desserts are made. If you're feeling a major sweet tooth coming on, you can't go wrong with a frozen, blended espresso drink topped with whipped cream and drizzled in rich dark chocolate, or whatever confection the shop has to offer that day (usually along the lines of cheesecakes, cannolis, danishes).

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13. The Coffee Shop 3000 E Ray Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296 (Gilbert)

Aptly named, The Coffee Shop is a spacious and modern cafe and bakery in Gilbert's Agritopia neighborhood. Serving its customers in what used to be an old farm garage, this spot has ample seating and huge windows for a brightly lit morning or afternoon spent reading and drinking coffee — or, better yet, eating. This shop has full breakfast and lunch menus boasting scrambled egg plates piled high with cheeses and veggies along with a classic lineup of sandwiches including the old faithful BLTs and California Clubs.

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14. FUTURO 909 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ (Downtown Phoenix)

Tucked inside the Palabra Beauty Salon & Art Gallery lies a sneaky little craft coffee shop you'd never even know was there if you weren't there for your hair. Much like Palabra's, Futuro's aesthetic is one that appreciates everything minimal, artsy and a little twisted. The menu is one of the shortest around — here, you're getting a drip coffee or your choice of two espressos — this is the place if you're cut-and-dry and don't mess around with your coffee.