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Tempe has a latte of great coffee spots

Tempe is the hub for great coffee.

Whether you’re in for a specialty coffee roast, iced lattes, or just a quality cup of joe to get you through the day, Tempe has you covered for locally owned coffee houses worth visiting.

Cartel Roasting Co.
810 S. Ash Ave. Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

Tempe’s coffee claim to fame would have to be Cartel Roasting Co. Their first shop opened in Tempe a few years back, and they now have tons of locations all over the Valley and out of state. Cartel’s espresso is top-notch, and their flavors are out of this world. Each coffee is curated and sourced responsibly from countries including El Salvador, Colombia and Rwanda. Don’t feel like leaving your house to get Cartel coffee? No problem. Subscribe, and they will deliver it wherever you would like. 

Cartel Roasting Co.
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Press Coffee
601 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. #103, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 794-1107
100 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 595-3421

Ten years and nine valley locations later, Press Coffee has become a staple throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Their passion and commitment to making great coffee has built a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. From the beginning, Press Coffee has stayed true to its mission of sourcing the best products, equipment and team members. Their dedication helps supports Arizona charities and coffee farmers around the world.

Infusion Coffee & Tea Crafters
1300 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2533

Infusion is located next door to Four Peaks Brewing Company, just a stone’s throw from the ASU Tempe Campus. The owner, Patrick O’Malley, travels worldwide to teach about coffee and bring the best-sourced beans and teas back to Tempe. You can get any of your standard coffee beverages, but they also have exciting twists like The Bee’s Knees (a mix of espresso, lemon and honey) and SpoO’J (a blend of juice and espresso). They also teach various classes, from a Latte Art Workshop to Public Cupping, where you learn about how coffee is made and why each coffee has a unique flavor.

Infusion Coffee and Tea
Infusion Coffee & Tea Crafters

King Coffee
1020 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 307-6557

Located across the street from Arizona State University, this quaint, hipster spot is locally owned by people who truly love coffee. They’ve expanded their space over the years, so there are plenty of tables for studying, business meetings or just relaxing with your besties. I’m a big fan of the Iced Chai, with just the right amount of spice. And you can’t ever go wrong with their Pour Over or Macchiato.

The Crêpe Bar
7520 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 247-8012

I know what you’re thinking. The Crêpe Bar sells Crêpes, and this is a blog about coffee. True, but your experience isn’t complete until you’ve tried their coffee, too. They take it quite seriously, using Presta Coffee from Tucson. Their photogenic and tasty lattes can come with honey, vanilla, caramel or sea salt and dark chocolate mocha flavors. And, for something truly unique, check out their Molasses Spiced Latte with espresso, black molasses, whipped cream, chocolate shavings and pecans from Arizona.

Crepe Bar coffee in Tempe, AZ
The Crêpe Bar

Snakes & Lattes
20 W. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 361-6644

As mentioned in the name, SNAKES & LATTES has lattes galore and more! Start your morning with a buzz and enjoy such coffee cocktails as the Espresso Martini or the Revolver, which has Bacardi, pineapple, lime, orgeat syrup and cold brew. Of course, they have non-alcoholic choices as well! Accompany your beverage with your choice of board game and play classics, including Clue and more.

Snakes and Lattes

Cafetal Coffee
777 S. College Ave. #101, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-5245

Cafetal Coffee is the true definition of farm to cup. Sourced directly from the family farm in Columbia, Cafetal Coffee is a specialty coffee shop that prides itself on offering delicious drinks near the ASU Tempe campus. Everything, from the coffee to the small plates, is prepped in-house by their baristas. Stop by on your way to work or class and see why everyone is raving about their service and hospitality!

Steve’s Espresso
1801 E. Baseline Rd. #102, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 777-5373

Steve’s Espresso is a local neighborhood joint known for quality coffee and a great atmosphere. From chai to pastries (the heavy cream scones are famous), Steve’s Espresso makes everything from scratch. Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch, coffee or cocktails, Steve’s Espresso has you covered!

Brick Road Coffee
4415 S. Rural Rd., Ste. 10, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-7246

Follow the yellow brick road to Brick Road Coffee in Tempe. This LGBTQ+ owned business has already built an incredible community in Tempe. All of their espresso and cold brew is supplied by Comucap, a Honduras-based cooperative founded by women seeking economic independence to support their families while breaking the cycle of abuse. They even offer an LGBTQ+ Lending Library, where you can borrow books while enjoying your drink. Be sure to check out the fabulous selection of pastries, bottled drinks and delicious pizza croissants. Open late until 10 p.m., and occasionally you can catch some fantastic evening events or entertainment. Follow along on their Instagram page to stay in the know!

Matcha, tea, and coffee from Brick Road Coffee
Brick Road Coffee

Gold Bar Espresso
3141 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 839-3082

When you walk through the doors of Gold Bar Espresso, you are welcomed by a cozy, at-home feeling. The extensive coffee and espresso menu, located conveniently on the wall above the breakfast treats case, has many tasty options. They have just about any coffee drink you can imagine and an abundant selection of custom mocha drinks.

Jasmine Jo & Rowan Tree
107 E. Baseline Rd., Suite A4, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 686-8965

Not only is Jasmine Jo a coffee shop, but it’s also a flower shop — a combo we never knew we needed! Walking in, you’re greeted by the fragrance of fresh daisies and sunflowers. Keep going to the back, toward the coffee shop, and you are welcomed with the scent of fresh espresso. You can’t go wrong with their Dirty Daisy (vanilla latte and mocha) and Iced Chai. It is located on the corner of Mill Ave and Baseline Rd, next to Firehouse Subs. Look for the sign that says “Coffee + Flowers.”

exterior signage of Coffee and Flowers at Jasmine Jo
Jasmine Jo
Palette Collective Tempe
Palette Collective

Palette Collective
7720 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (602) 465-4666

Palette Collective is a fully customizable studio space that offers small businesses a studio rental for their work/salon. They are also known for their amazing coffee, tea and picturesque avocado toast. Yes, their avocado toast is that pretty. And if you prefer non-dairy drinks, they have a variety of great options for coffee and matcha with alternative milk selections. It is such a convenient space to get your hair done by a local stylist and grab coffee at the same time! They also have plenty of tables for those looking to get some work done.

Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar
96 S. Rockford Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 590-6937

Daily Dose offers a great selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options. They not only provide the staples —from a drip or even a “Filthy Chai” — but you can also have spiked coffee drinks like “The Classic” or “Cinnamon Chata.” And you thought brunch couldn’t get any more fun!

Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar

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Where are you grabbing your next cup of joe? You have plenty of options! Tag us in your photos @tempetourism #OurTempe

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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