A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea: An Ethiopian Coffee Importer in the Middle of Phoenix
There are quite a few good places to grab a cup of coffee in central Phoenix but none quite like A.T. Oasis Coffee and Tea Shop, located just east of 46th Street and Thomas.
Lauren Saria An Eritrean coffee ceremony at A.T. Oasis Coffee and Tea in Phoenix.
The 10-month old shop is owned by Aisha Tedros -- originally from Eritrea, just north of Ethiopia -- and serves coffee, speciality espresso drinks, smoothies, as well as a small selection of food including sandwiches, salads, and a few Africa and Middle Eastern dishes. But more interesting that than is that Tedros also imports green coffee beans directly from Ethiopia and distributes them to several of the Valley's well-known and most respected coffee shops.
Tedros moved to the States 12 years ago and worked in the service industry (including at Mimi's Cafe) for years. She's a self-described "coffee shop hopper," who's always been interested in the coffee industry and wanted to open her own place.
Lauren Saria A.T. Oasis Coffe & Tea owner Aisha Tedros.
Tedros imports green coffee beans from Ethiopia exclusively, working directly with an importer who's also a coffee farmer. She then sells the beans to local roasters including Echo Coffee in Scottsdale and Tempe's Cartel Coffee and distributes raw beans to Bergie's Coffee in Gilbert. Tedros also uses a coffee roaster to produce her own roasts, which you can buy by the pound at A.T. Oasis. She sells four different roasts at her shop that range in price from about $11 to $14/pound.
In addition to the roasted and raw beans, you can get your caffeine fix at the shop with hot coffee, toddy, cappuccinos, lattees, teas, and more. The hot coffee with ginger ($3/small) makes for an aromatic, and slightly spicy pick-me-up -- and if you don't find it gingery enough at first, feel free to ask Tedros to add more of the ground mix to your cup.