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?

Categories: Grind

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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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Phoenix Public Market Cafe Hosts Coffee Cocktail Showdown This Sunday

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JK Grence
If you like a lil' sumpin' in your coffee, you'll love this event.

This Sunday, some of Phoenix's finest baristas and bartenders will compete to see who can create the Valley's best coffee cocktail.

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5 Holiday Coffee Drinks in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Rollover Doughnuts is stepping up their Dairy game with Danzeisen eggnog and flavored milks.

Candy canes. Gingerbread. Nogs of all ilks. It's winter in the rest of the world, but we Phoenicians have the luxury of enjoying all the delicious flavors of the season without any of the icky, snowy consequences. Let's toast to that while we celebrate some of our fantastic Phoenix-area cafes.

Here are four seasonal treats to try, and one that's not really seasonal, but will provide you with a delicious escape from the stress of the holidays.

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Barrio Urbano Partners with Espresso Italia to Bring Mexican Coffee & Breakfast to the Yard

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Barrio Urbano's new coffee blend tastes like - you guessed it - Mole.

This week Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza answered the question we were all asking about her new Barrio Urbano breakfast concept: who will provide the coffee?

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Olivia Wingert of Souvia on How to Brew Better Tea

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Zaida Dedolph
A perfectly extracted cup of Souvia tea.

Souvia Tea isn't the kind of place that commands attention, but when you visit you might not want to leave. Located in a strip mall in north Phoenix, the shop is quiet, clean, and unassuming. Its soft, sweet aromas, floor-to-ceiling tea cannisters, and myriad steeping devices kind of make walking into the shop feel like walking into a fairy tale cottage.

Owner Olivia Wingert has cultivated this experience. After she left her hometown near Frankfurt, Germany, Wingert felt overwhelmed by the fast-paced lifestyle and coffee-loving climate of the United States. She wanted to emulate the experience of village living and build a community centered around tea. As Souvia enters its tenth year as a cafe and wholesale operation, it's clear that she has succeeded.


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So You Went to Bikini Beans in Phoenix: Now What?

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Zaida Dedolph
This "Tropakini" tastes like sadness.

So, you made the choice to pick up a cup of coffee at Bikini Beans. No big deal, right? It's just a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee made just for you, stud, by a teenaged girl in a little bitty bikini.

Here's a brief guide to coping with the feelings of self-loathing and existential angst that will immediately follow your visit, provided you aren't a total dirtbag.

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