Best Coffee Shops in Tempe, AZ

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With the University of Arizona branch campus at its heart, you can be sure Tempe is a great place to find a quality cup of coffee. When it comes to responsibly-sourced, perfectly roasted beans, it’s true that Tempe locals are fortunate! Still, some coffee shops in Tempe, AZ stand out from the crowd. Below, the Rocky's Auto Credit team compiles our top coffee spots in Tempe to settle in for a productive afternoon.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Like many of the best coffee shops in Tempe, AZ, Cartel Coffee Lab offers beans you can purchase and enjoy at home. Each Cartel bag, cup, and product is carefully curated, and the same standards extend to their handcrafted bakery goods: minimalist, modern, nostalgic, and seasonal pastries such as yeasted bread, quick breads, cookies, vegan, and gluten-free items. Contact Cartel to ask about catering for your large or small event with handcrafted pies, holiday sides, savory dishes, and more.

Infusion Coffee & Tea

Infusion Coffee serves only coffees that have been meticulously tested and profiled by the team, based on rigorous Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) standards. They work directly with coffee farmers around the world as well as thoroughly vetted green coffee importers. This is one of the coffee shops in tempe az where you can pick up your home-brewing equipment and grinders. Purchase some beans — including green coffee beans that you can roast at home — or stop in so one of their world-class baristas can whip you up a coffee drink!

Gold Bar Espresso

Gold Bar Espresso is unique among coffee shops in Tempe, AZ, offering coffee and pastries with live jazz accompaniment! Jazz nights are Friday and Sunday nights starting at 7:30 p.m. All espresso and coffee drinks are made with beans sourced from Allann Bros. in Eugene, Oregon — one of the most fertile coffee-growing regions on earth! Specialty pour-over options are estate-grown varietals, carefully selected for taste, balance, and informality. Stop in on Friday for a free extra shot in your drink, or Monday for an extra punch on your card when you buy a pastry!

1865 Coffee

Established in 2014, this non-profit coffee shop benefits the Tempe Salvation Army and various community programs. If you’re looking for a comfortable place for a long work session, 1865 may be the best coffee shop in Tempe, AZ! Thanks to their non-profit status, you’ll benefit from low, tax-free prices. Plus, enjoy a large dining area, free wifi, couch seating, and a TV. Coffee is sourced locally from Passport Coffee and Tea in Scottsdale.

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