"White Espresso" at ThirdSpace's Grind House Coffee Is a Strange Take on a Classic

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Zaida Dedolph
Grind House at ThirdSpace.  

Grind House, the Grand Avenue coffee shop housed within the ThirdSpace complex, is a strange little place. In an aging casita, with exactly one tiny indoor table (and ample patio space), the spot could be called "charming" or "kind of grimy" depending on your take on things.

Grind House prides itself on selling "White Espresso." What is this, you ask? Well, we've got the answers.

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When Good Restaurants Have Bad Coffee

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Zaida Dedolph
Just say no.

The Henry is undeniably beautiful. The Sam Fox Concept is bright and sunny, has a gorgeously polished interior, sumptuous seating, and a patio that summer dreams are made of. The food is, in classic Sam Fox style, simple but well-executed, the cocktails are top-notch, and the whiskey list is long and impeccably curated. This is a space where every detail has been deliberately crafted to fit with an overall image of quality and comfort.

To this restaurant, which seems to have paid such immaculate attention to every tiny facet of the customers' experience, we pose this question: why do you serve such absolutely abysmal coffee?!

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Phoenix Barista Perry Czopp Went to Costa Rica to Harvest Coffee and All We Got Were These Gorgeous Photos

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Harvesting coffee is seriously hard work.

Perry Czopp is something of a coffee wunderkind. At just 25 years old, Perry will compete in this year's United States Barista Championship and has ownership stakes in two separate local companies (The Coffee Chop and Silent Flight Coffee). He recently went to visit the Costa Rican farmers who produced his championship coffee. We checked in with Perry to learn more about the journey coffee takes from tree to cup.


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Peixoto Coffee Brings Crop-to-Cup Brazilian Coffee to Chandler

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Zaida Dedolph
A chalk outline map on the wall shows the locations of Fazenda Sao Jose da Boa Vista and Peixoto Coffee.

East Valley residents: you've got a new option for specialty beans. Peixoto Coffee opened this week, serving offerings from the owners' family farm in Brazil (and a few other places as well.) We headed out to Peixoto's Chandler location to try it for ourselves.


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5 Coffee and Chocolate Pairings for Your Valentine

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Chocolate and coffee have more in common than you might think.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so it's probably about time you start figuring out the best way to please the coffee lover in your life. Rather than that same old boring bouquet of flowers, why not switch things up this year and give that sweet-but-maybe-a-little-bitter boo of yours a gift to fit his or her disposition?

Here's your guide to pairing locally-available coffees with delicious chocolates.


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Danzeisen Dairy Brings Single-Source Milk to Metro Phoenix

Categories: Chow Bella, Grind

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Zaida Dedolph
An alfalfa-nosed Holstein cow at Danzeisen Dairy.
I write a lot about coffee, but I feel like I've done Chow Bella readers a disservice. My tendency has been to focus on the terroir of coffee, on who produced it, on how it got to the cup in front of me. But how often have I asked (or answered) those same questions about milk? Its flavor attributes are every bit as dynamic as those of coffee, and its quality is equally - or maybe even more dependent- upon production methods, regional variations, and processing.

Also! Cattle is one of the "Five C's" of Arizona; Coffee, sadly, is not. So really, it's about time I gave a little love to coffee's favorite friend, milk. Which is easy to do, considering that metro Phoenix alone has a fantastic array of local dairy options to examine.

I started out on my quest by visiting Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen to see what makes their milk so special. Warning to the tenderhearted: This post is accompanied by many photographs of very adorable cows. Baby ones, even.

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Drew Scharnitzke of Cartel Coffee Lab on How to Brew Better Coffee at Home

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Not quite ready to break up with Mr. Coffee? Here's how to get the most out of your home or office coffee pot.

If you're one of millions of Americans who rely on a decrepit old office coffee pot to deliver your daily caffeine, you're in luck. Drew Scharnitzke, Director of Education at Cartel Coffee Lab, has shared some tips for making the most of your Mr. Coffee.

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3 Ethiopian Coffees to Try in Metro Phoenix

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Zaida Dedolph
Nom de Plume Roasters is currently featuring coffees from two different growing regions in Ethiopia.

The arrival of east African coffees is, for coffee folk, a harbinger of spring. Fall harvests lead to vibrant winter arrivals from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and of course, Ethiopia. These coffees act as a little glimmer of sunshine among the murk and muck of wintertime.

Ethiopian coffees, in particular, always make us smile. Each region within the country has distinctive characteristics, but all are unified by their cleanliness, clarity, and colorful (but not overly aggressive) acidity. Many coffee bushes in the nation are heirloom species (rather than the heavily cultivated strains we often see see in other parts of Africa and in South and Central America), so there's a uniqueness to these ancient plants that we just might not see in regions that are newer to the coffee game. In addition to having a strong coffee drinking culture, Ethiopia has got the farming and processing thing down pat, which means you can count on high-quality crops with a lot of character pretty much across the board.

At present, a slew of Phoenix-area roasters are offering coffees from Ethiopia. Here's an introduction to three regionally-distinct offerings.

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Solo Cafe Tempe Offers Shaves, Haircuts, and ... Pourovers?

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Zaida Dedolph
Solo Cafe has changed a bit. Or a lot.

We had heard a lot of positive things about Solo Cafe in Tempe before we went there for the first time - everything from "they have my favorite coffee in Tempe," to "my fiance and I went on our first date there," to "Solo looks like how coffee shops looked in the nineties." That last bit had us intrigued, so we decided to check it out for ourselves.

As it turns out, Solo has changed a bit since our sources last visited. In March 2013, the cafe's owners (who also own Altered Ego Salon) converted most of the cafe's seating area into a pretty fancy barbershop called Male Ego. Not yet deterred from the whole experience, we forged our way to the cafe through wafting blowdryers and barbicide.

There's something weirdly intimate about watching somebody get their hair cut and styled. If you're the type of voyeuristic individual who is into watching people partake in personal grooming, you might love this place. But if you're just looking for a great cup of coffee, you might want to go somewhere else.

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6 Coffee Cocktails from the Phoenix Public Market Cafe's First Coffee and Booze Mash-Up

Categories: Cocktails, Grind

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Zaida Dedolph
Local coffee and booze: a match made in heaven.

On Sunday Phoenix Public Market Cafe hosted their first ever Coffee Cocktail event. The evening featured cocktails crafted by six of our favorite Phoenix-area cafes. Here's a summary of the highs and lows of this event, just in case you missed it.

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