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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, iced lattes, or just some good 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 | (480) 621-6381

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. Their empire is growing and that’s a very good thing! Cartel’s espresso is top notch and their flavors are out of this world. Each type of coffee is curated and sourced responsibly from countries including El Salvador, Colombia and Rwanda. This coffee shop gets straight to the point with limited menu items, but don’t be fooled, these coffee connoisseurs can whip up just about anything. Don’t feel like leaving your house to get Cartel coffee? No problem. Subscribe and they will deliver it wherever you would like. Now you can Netflix and brew!

Cartel Roasting Co.
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Press Coffee
601 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., #103 | (480) 794-1107
1221 E. Apache Blvd. | (480) 566-5380

Ten years and nine valley locations later, Press Coffee has become a staple throughout the Phoenix Valley. Their passion and commitment for making great coffee has built a loyal and enthusiastic fan base throughout the years. From the beginning, Press Coffee has stayed true to their 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 a bit off the beaten path, but once you discover it, you’ll keep coming back for more. It 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 around the world to teach about coffee and bring the best sourced beans and teas back to Tempe. Patrick has a diploma from the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and opened the International Barista & Coffee Academy in 2012. So this place is legit.

You can get any of your standard coffee beverages, but they also have some interesting 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 a variety of classes from a Latte Art Workshop to Public Cupping where you learn all about how coffee is made and why each coffee has a unique flavor.

Infusion Coffee and Tea
Infusion Coffee & Tea Crafters

Romancing the Bean
80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #120 | (480) 921-4077

Romancing the Bean calls Tempe home at the Hayden Ferry Lakeside office complex on Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. This family-owned establishment has a passion for great coffee and tea and puts time into selecting beans from the finest growing regions in the world. This charming coffeehouse specializes in hot, iced and blended drinks that have been perfected to possess the ideal characteristics for all espresso lovers. I go for the Iced Carmello every time. It’s the perfect mix of espresso and caramel flavor. Pair one of their drinks with a tasty pastry or lunch item. And be sure to go during the week — they’re not open on Saturday or Sunday.

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

Is it a coincidence that a coffee shop across the street from Arizona State University would do so well? They have a local customer base and gain new fans all the time. This quaint, kind of 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 their 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 Crêpe and this is a blog about coffee. True, but we had to give The Crêpe Bar an honorable mention here. Yes, everyone obsesses about their crepes and for good reason. They’re incredibly tasty. But, your experience isn’t complete here until you’ve tried their coffee. They take it quite seriously, using Presta Coffee from Tucson. Their photogenic and tasty lattes can come with honey, vanilla, caramel and 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

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

As it mentions in the name, SNAKES & LATTES has lattes galore and more! Start your morning with a buzz and enjoy a coffee cocktail like 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 like Clue and Mall Madness to the newest in strategy games.

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 their family farm in Columbia, Cafetal Coffee is a specialty coffee shop that prides itself on offering delicious drinks near ASU Tempe campus. Everything, from the coffee to the small plates, is prepped in-house from 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 their chai to their pastries, like their famous heavy cream scones, 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. Recently opened in Fall 2021, 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 have a little LGBTQ+ Lending Library where you can borrow books while you sip your favorite drink of choice. They do have a great selection of pastries, bottled drinks and delicious pizza croissant. Open late until 10 p.m., the husband-and-husband team have built wonderful evening programming for all to enjoy. 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 into a cozy, at-home feeling. The extensive coffee and espresso menu is located conveniently on the wall above the breakfast treats case, and has lots to choose from. They have just about any coffee drink you can think of, and an abundant selection of custom mocha drinks.

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

This might be one of the cutest coffee shops to ever exist. Not only is it a coffee shop but it’s also a flower shop! It’s a combo we never knew we needed. Walking in, you’re greeted with the smell of fresh daisies and sunflowers. Keep going to the back towards the coffee shop and you are welcomed with the smell of fresh espresso. You can’t go wrong with their Dirty Daisy (vanilla latte and mocha) and their Iced Chai. It is located in 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 and tea as well their 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 with a local hairstylist and grab coffee at the same time! They also have plenty of tables to get some work done.

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

One of the newest breakfast joints to join the scene is Daily Dose. They offer a great selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options. They not only offer classics like 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! We recommend following their social channels to stay up-to-date on their latest specialty menus!

Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar

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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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