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Shine

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

10 West Vernon Avenue Phoenix 85003

10 West Vernon Avenue
Phoenix 85003

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Shine is a walk-up coffee stand that closes at 2:00 pm. The location is a little puzzling, off of the main street a little and across from a huge apartment complex, I don’t know who they are really serving. Being a walk up, there is not a lot of seating (about 10.) They must serve the apartments and business’s that are around the area to survive. They do have a La Marzocco machine and serve up a decent cup with good color and some good, but light flavor. They are way overpriced, $4.10 for my 8oz double shot latte, making New Zealand prices seam reasonable. Cool spot, but better off paying less and getting better quality somewhere else.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Walk Up
+ Cute

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Urban Bean

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

3508 N 7th St #100  Phoenix, AZ 85014

3508 N 7th St #100 Phoenix, AZ 85014

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This is a wine and coffee bar, which sometimes brings in a different sort of clientele then most coffee shops, but they balance it well. Real cool space with interesting decor, funky tables, good art hanging on the wall and a few art seats. Plenty of seating and even offer a really cool outside seating area that is covered with nice tapestries allowing you to be in the heat, but not set on fire by it. They have some really good food and I did not have the wine, but I am sure that is quality also. They use a Simonelli machine, which made me a little skeptical. Even though the drink was a little hot, that they forgot I ordered a 8 0z drink and they put a lid on the drink, which did not allow me to see the nice rosetta and color the drink had, the coffee was very nice. Good flavor, that if they could only figure out how to get all the elements working in sync with each other they could be one of the ones at the top of the Coffee Shop greats in Phoenix

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+ Wine
+ Outside Seating
+ Great Pastries

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Citizens Espresso

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

4700 N Central Ave  Phoenix, AZ 85012

4700 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012

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Located on Central Avenue, which is divided by the commuter train and across the street from a massive church Citizens Espresso is a cool spot. Lot’s of light welcome you into the smallish shop and whoever designed this place did a great job. A beautiful lighting fixture in the center of the space and interesting art on the wall add to the great layout of the space. They use a pull shot Simonelli and use Lola/Lux coffee. On both occasions I visited screwed my order up. They gave me a 12 oz drink instead of the 8 oz drink I ordered. After correcting it, the drink was very good. Very light flavor, almost subtle, but very good. Great presentation and coupled with their delicious baked goods that they make on location this place is a nice place to spend the morning working. Love it!

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+ Great Location
+ Baked Goods
+ Cool Space

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Lola

Lola

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

1001 N 3rd Ave   Phoenix, AZ 85003

1001 N 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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A nice little space with a roaster on location that you can watch through what looks like two way glass. About 35 seats (all were in use) at solid looking wooden tables, ok art, but the best part about this place is the bar. Huge bar with an Astoria Machine (I think.) The coffee had ok presentation, was a little hot and just ok. There are to many great coffee shops in the area to waste your time on this place, even if they do roast on location. Nice to grab a pastry or give yourself a decent place to work, but coffee pales in comparison to the other spots in the area.

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+ Food
+ Roaster
+ Good Location

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Giant

Giant Coffee

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

1437 N 1st St   Phoenix, AZ 85004

1437 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Only found this place because three other places were closed on easter (thanks Yelp for telling me they were open.) Giant, is near a real cool arts district and is really awesome. It has huge bay doors that let in a plethora of light and has some really cool decor. Great wood interior and funky booths that serve as some sort of elevated desk. Also, one huge table in the middle that allows you to rub elbows with other aspiring hipster writers and graphic designers as HGH long as you can focus through The National blasting through the speakers of the shop. They have direct trade coffee, use stratus organic milk, snacks and a small La Marzocco machine. They don’t do 8oz latte’s, only 6oz cappuccino’s, that turned out to be a latte. Even though they might not know the difference between a latte and a capp, their coffee had great color, good presentation and solid flavor. They use 4 Barrel Coffee and offer you a great overall experience.

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+ Portland-Ish
+ Cool Art
+ Food

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