Eight Best Coffee Houses in Greater Phoenix
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.
Photo by Evie Carpenter Making espresso at Cartel Coffee Lab.
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
Matador Coffee Roasting Company
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.