Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas
In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee.
Lauren Saria Lola Coffee at The Yard has brought back some of the well-loved dishes from Lola Tapas.
There are quite a few reasons, not the least of which is the restaurant has brought back some of the most popular dishes from Lola Tapas, the restaurant Wayne opened with his then-wife Felicia Ruiz in 2005. It closed in 2010.
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But the tapas are not even close to all this spot has going for it. The most obvious draw is the location and space, a beautifully lit room with high ceilings, exposed brick, and stylish design. There are large community tables made from reused car lifts running down the center of the coffeeshop/restaurant and a tall wooden bar divides the indoor room from Lola's large patio. There are large garage door-style windows all along one side, allowing for plenty of light.
Lauren Saria Inside the new Lola Coffee at The Yard.
In the back there's a cozy living room-like nook with couches, benches, and power outlets (always important for those working on laptops). The patio has just about every kind of seating you could want: community tables, lounge areas, and benches. It also provides a front row seat to Culinary Dropout's patio/game area.
It's a great place to enjoy a great cup of coffee, which is exactly what they're brewing.
Lola co-owner Walter Clarke tells us they're roasting all the beans on-site in a red, small-batch roaster you can see nestled in Lola's open kitchen. The coffee menu includes all the usual stuff: drip coffee, pour overs, lattes and other espresso drinks, as well as a few specialty beverages. If you want one of those we suggest the Cafe Borgia, a perfectly-balanced mix of chocolate and tangerine.
Lauren Saria One of Lola's Oju cold drip machines.
For real coffee enthusiasts, Lola offers a few truly unique things. The first one you're likely to notice will be the Oji cold drip coffee machines. There are two of them sitting on either end of the Lola's bar and according to Clarke, they're the best machines available for making large batches of cold brewed coffee. He also says the two Japanese-made machines (which cost upwards of $10,000 each) at Lola are the only two in Arizona.