Demi Coffee Brings Experimentation and Local Flair Back to Phoenix Coffee

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Heather Hoch
These drinks from Demi Coffee might look experimental-- and they are.
A lot of coffee shops in town seem poised to become chains, and that's fine. If you're doing it right and you've got your coffee game on lock, why not expand. However, over at Demi Coffee, the brand new spot that took over for Mud Dauber off 16th Street north of McDowell Road, it's more about trying new things than it is getting everything picture perfect, and, you know what, it's pretty fun to join them at ground level.

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Cartel's Drew Scharnitzke Demonstrates 3 Coffee Brewing Methods

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Heather Hoch
Drew Scharnitzke explains what you're really getting when you order a Chemex brewed coffee.
A few doors down from Cartel Coffee Lab's flagship roastery location in Tempe, there's a door that reads "Cartel World Headquarters." Inside, Drew Scharntizke, along with his fellow coffee instructor Bill Kennedy, spend most days using refractometers to ensure their brews are being extracted properly or educating new baristas. Since teaching coffee is Scharntizke's full-time gig, he's definitely one of the best people in town to ask if you want to know what the difference is when you order a V60 versus a Chemex versus and Aeropress brewed coffee.

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Bulletproof Coffee Mixes Butter in Coffee, Claims Health Benefits

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Heather Hoch
It may look frothy and innocent, but this Bulletproof trend packs a major punch.
What if I told you that you could mix butter and oil in your coffee in the morning and reap health benefits from weight loss to increased mental acuity and even help digestion and heart health? If you think I'm absolutely crazy, I really wouldn't blame you, but that's exactly what Bulletproof Coffee drinkers are saying.

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5 Flavored Iced Coffee Drinks You Won't Be Embarrassed to Order

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Heather Hoch
Jobot's dirty chai is much more than meets the eye and much less sugary.
I know, that headline is a bit harsh, but seriously. If you can hold your head up high holding a dulce triple caramel frappucino with whip and chocolate sprinkles, you're stronger stock than I. However, I'll readily admit a love of flavor when it isn't just a bunch of syrup. Thankfully, there are several coffee shops around town that make flavorful drinks with legit ingredients. Here are five of my favorites.

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Daniel Suh Teaches the Science of Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee

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Heather Hoch
Daniel Suh of Provisions Coffee at his co-op office space in downtown Chandler.
Don't be so quick to ditch hot brewed coffee for cold this summer. While there are pros and cons to both brewing methods, Daniel Suh says it all boils down to a matter of taste and what flavor experience you're looking to get out of you're coffee. While the grind of your coffee and even the water you use to brew it are perhaps more important, the temperature you brew at will pull out different flavors and even change the way you taste it.

Hold onto your hats--it's about to get a little technical in here.

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Latte Artist Perry Czopp Gives a Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Heather Hoch
"Nobody takes [latte art] super seriously at the competitions," Perry Czopp says.
The words latte art might evoke an eye roll, but bear with me. Honestly, Perry Czopp, who has won local competitions with his pours, will be the first to admit that he doesn't take it very seriously. Rather, it's a means to get people passionate about their morning cup of coffee, and that's what he's after. His company, The Coffee Chop, specializes in coffee education, catering, and more. To say that he has big ideas for Phoenix's coffee scene would be an understatement.

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A Guide to Locally Roasted Coffee Beans in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Why buy beans you can get just anywhere?
With over twenty coffee roasters in town making both boutique blends and distributing wholesale, there's undeniably a lot going on in the Phoenix coffee community. If you're feeling stuck in a rut with your java, why not try a whole new roastery to add some variety to your mornings. While this list doesn't have every spot in town you can find local coffee, especially since many wholesale roasters' beans are distributed under private labels, here are some of the many places you can go if you're interested in buying beans to make coffee at home.

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Morning Bell Might Be the Best New Roaster in Town That You Haven't Heard of Yet

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Heather Hoch
There's a new coffee roaster in town, and their name is Morning Bell.
If the name Morning Bell Coffee Roasters doesn't ring, well, a bell, don't worry. Nadav Mer and his wife Dara Wald opened up off 11th and Grand avenues just about two weeks ago now. Roasting beans from a farmer and friend in Nicaragua, Mer is making some of the most unique coffee in town. His small roastery space and tasting room operates four hours a day on weekdays only, but if you love coffee, it's well worth the trip.

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Shine Coffee's Christiaan Blok on the Perfect Espresso Pull and Coffee Creativity

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Heather Hoch
Shine Coffee's Christiaan Blok serves up flavored lattes a cut above the rest.
You might remember Shine Coffee as an airstream trailer coffee spot outside of farmers markets around town, but since April of last year, the shop has had a brick and mortar location with a detached lounge area located off of Central Avenue just south of Thomas Road. Since then, Christiaan Blok and his wife Laryn have sold the vintage airstream to focus efforts on the coffee stand, its living room, and the park space in between.

While juggling all of that, Blok says his main mission is to ensure his coffee shop serves up a one-of-a-kind experience through unique drinks, smooth espresso, and a variety of roasts.

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Eric Leidlein of Espressions Explains What You Might Be Getting Wrong About Roasting

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Heather Hoch
Eric Leidlein poses with his favorite of the two roasters he works with.
Eric Leidlein has been roasting coffee in town for eight years, so if anyone knows the ins and outs of the coffee bean world, it's him. Starting as a barista, then roaster at Lux, and eventually working with Four Barrel beans at Giant Coffee, Leidlein says his experience as a barista has helped him develop unique flavor profiles as a roaster. Now at Espressions, a wholesale roastery in a warehouse in East Phoenix, he experiments with two large roasters, tracking data for every batch on spreadsheets but also using all five senses to tell when the coffee is roasted to his standards.

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