Need a little perk-up this morning? Here are the top spots for a delicious cup of coffee in the Valley.
Best of Our Valley winner: Phoenix’s Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is a local fave due to its welcome retro atmosphere, delicious breakfast dishes and pastries and, most importantly, it’s amazing cups of organic coffee. Sit near the patio, take in the breeze and sip on Luci’s award-winning drinks, from eye-opening iced coffee to frozen blends that verge on dessert. The chai latte is also a spicy favorite. http://www.lucishealthymarketplace.com/.
Royal at the Biltmore in Phoenix might be tucked away under the shopping center’s Red Door Spa but it certainly deserves to be front and center. The minimalist, small coffee bar serves up Ethiopian, Guatemalan, Brazilian and Peruvian coffee roasts that are the perfect way to perk up during when your shopping is stalled. http://royalcoffeebar.com/.
At its Scottsdale and Phoenix locations, Press Coffee Roasters dishes out mainly fair trade, organic brews from the likes of Ethiopia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Sumatra and Guatemala and creates their coffee in small batches. Recently, Press opened up a location at Sky Harbor Airport so travelers don’t have to rely on big-box coffee shops when they are on the go. http://www.presscoffeeaz.com/.
More than just a hip hangout, Phoenix’s Lola Coffee Bar serves lip-smackin’ drinks like the Matador to its faithful customers. This artisan roaster uses organic, fair trade beans and impresses with its cool latte art–adding some eye candy along with your morning coffee. http://www.lolacoffeebar.com/.
East Valley dwellers don’t have to head all the way to Scottsdale or Phoenix for a fab cup of coffee. The Coffee Shop at Agritopia in Gilbert is not only one of the cutest spots to grab a cup of joe (thanks to its quaint, umbrella-lined patio and couch-filled living room) but its menu includes a Spanish latte, a Scotch Kiss latte with butterscotch and its popular coffee of the day selection. Plus, get a load of those cupcakes. http://www.thecoffeeshopaz.com/.