Phoenix Coffee Shops with Character

Barista Pouring Lattes If you’re like me, nothing sounds more enjoyable than relaxing on a lazy afternoon while I slowly nurse a steamy cup of joe. These days, the types of coffee shops available are as full of variety as the java they serve. Fortunately, Phoenix has much to offer the caffeine addicts who hunt valley wide for the best atmosphere and most talented baristas. Here are just a few.

Paisley Violin El Museo Café

If you crave a funky café with artistic flair, then Paisley just might be your house of choice. The tables fill with artists, writers, and musicians who double as evening performers and featured talent. If you bring an appetite, try out the generous offering of Mediterranean fare including the hummus plate, stuffed grape leaves, freshly made sandwiches, bagels, and delicate pastries. Drinks here are strictly coffee-house: espresso concoctions, blended and brewed java, and a variety of herbal teas make up the beverage list.

Conveniently located in downtown Phoenix, Paisley is snugly nestled between First Street and Grand Avenue. Parking is provided directly behind the building, with street parking along the side streets. Take note that the First Friday Art Walk brings higher traffic inside their doors when festivities begin to wrap up at the galleries.

Details:
1028 NW Grand Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 254-7843
http://www.thepaisley.com
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 6am-3pm; Thursday 6am-11pm; Friday 6am-12am; Saturday 9am-12am; closed Sundays.

Lux Coffeebar

Sit back and relax at Lux. When you’re in the mood to enjoy coffee with flair, your espresso will be served by a chic barista who makes the classic Italian brews with a smile. The hip interior welcomes patrons into overstuffed sofas, functional work tables, and outdoor umbrella seating with a view of Camelback Mountain. Sip on lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, or tea while nibbling on bread served fresh daily with your choice of jam or butter. For those who wish to take home a signature blend, Lux offers coffee by the pound for home brewing.

Details:
4404 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 266-6469
http://www.luxcoffee.com
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7am-10pm.

Willow House

Local Phoenix rubs elbows with Bohemia at the Willow House. This is the hippest spot to sit back and do some good people-watching. Shabby chic is in style with locally crafted items for sale that double as wall adornments. Choose your seat in one of many rooms, or lounge at a weather-worn picnic table while satisfying your need for an espresso drink. Everything about Willow is quietly low-key, except when it comes to the surprisingly good drinks—some would say the best in the city. Try a raspberry white mocha, which is sweet enough without being syrupy. A small menu is available that offers diners a choice between fresh soups, salads, and made-to-order sandwiches on crusty bread. Top off your meal with a tasty vegan cookie.

Live evening performances are varied and include open mic night, poetry readings, and live local music. A schedule can be obtained over the phone, or by asking at the register. Poker night tournaments are hosted on Sundays. If parking is a problem, just travel one block further south where more is available.

Details:
1722 W. Van Buren Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 252-0272
http://www.willowhousecoffee.com/
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30am-10pm; Friday, 7:30am-11pm, Saturday, 9am-11pm; Sunday, 9am-10pm.

Hava Java

Looking for award-winning cappuccino? Then Hava Java is your cosmopolitan destination. Don’t let the shopping-center location fool you into believing this is a second-rate coffee house. Regulars mesh with in-and-out dashers who deliberate over a huge selection of bulk coffee or sample the spicy sweetness of the freshly brewed chai tea. Some locals even travel out of their way just to get their Hava Java fix. Additionally, Hava Java offers half price refills, free wireless access, and a shoe shine stand. If chess is more your game, then come out on Sundays to battle wits with other players.

Details:

3166 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 954-9080
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30am-10pm; Friday through Saturday, 5:30pm-11pm; Sunday 6:30am-9pm

Jolta Java

This is the place to curl up with a good book. And if you forgot yours, Jolta Java has you covered with a library of roughly two hundred titles. All are free to check out. A caring staff and an extensive menu are a welcome addition to urban Scottsdale. Jolta Java is a relaxing space with high ceilings, glistening floors, and cozy furniture where you can escape from the city scene. Internet access is free. If you go, try the Lethal Injection, made of gourmet hot chocolate, four shots of espresso, and topped with a mound of chocolate whipping cream. It has enough fuel to supercharge you throughout the day. To curb your appetite, warm dishes are trimmed with the finest in portabella mushrooms, brie, and raspberry mustard. For your convenience, patrons can take part in the Frequent Buyer’s Club. Members are tracked electronically without having to remember a punch card. After nine cups your 10th is free of charge.

Details:
14418 N Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 185, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 607-7771
http://www.joltajava.com/
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6am-4pm; Saturday, 7am-4pm; Closed Sundays.

Bisbee Coffee Company

If you’re up for a road trip, the Bisbee Coffee Company is in the historic heart of downtown Bisbee, approximately 1 1/2 hours South of Tuscon. Take a step back into the past and try one of the many varieties of Bisbee signature blends. True to the old-time philosophy, each one is made in an antique small roaster: Miner’s Blend, Bisbee Breakfast, San Pedro Blend, Bisbee Blues, Single-Origin, and Decaf Brazil, which is decaffeinated through a chemical free water process. The coffee company only uses the finest beans from Africa, Central America, and South America and proudly stamps each bag with the date it was packaged. New roasts are always in the works. For a fresh deli lunch, try one of the fresh deli soups, sandwiches or salads. Then before you leave, make sure to stop by the old west gift shop. Each order comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If a customer is dissatisfied with their brew, they can request their money back or receive a fresh blend at no charge.

Details:
2 Copper Queen Plaza, Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-7879
http://www.bisbeecoffee.com/
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6:30am-9pm.

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