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My Favorite Coffee Shop


CARTEL Coffee Lab is my favorite coffee shop in the world. There are 4 locations in Central Arizona, and I have visited 2 on the regular basis. During the summer of 2012 I lived in Tempe and CARTEL was just around the corner from my house. This is when I first discovered the coffee shop.

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You can expect to see students from the nearby Arizona State University doing their homework here. The environment is very relaxed inside. The walls are decorated with cool art pieces. The music of the coffee shop is pretty awesome too. Bellow is a sample I recorded a couple of years ago


I usually order an Iced Toddy at CARTEL since it’s summer for the most part of the year in Arizona. On some rare occasions I will order a cappuccino, and if I’m getting ready to party in Old Town Scottsdale, then it’s an espresso for sure! Whatever you order will be made to perfection so you can’t go wrong at Cartel.

The Scottsdale location is a little bit more quiet so it’s a perfect place for a book reading and people watching.


Why do I love this place? Because the coffee is absolutely to die for here, the baristas are amazing. The place is relaxing and down to earth. The music is soothing and intriguing and the vibe is great. If you happen to be around, stop by and see for yourself why it rocks.

CARTEL Coffee Lab locations & hours:

Tempe: 225 W University Dr, Tempe AZ 85281 Mon-Sun 7:00am-10:00pm
Scottsdale: 7124 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale AZ 85251 Sun-Thurs 7:00am-9:00pm Fri-Sat 7:00am-10:00pm
Phoenix: 1 N 1st St, Phoenix AZ 85004 Mon-Fri 7:00am – 4:00pm
Sky Harbor International Airport: 4225 Sky Harbor Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85034
Sun-Fri 5:00am – 8:00pm Sat 5:00am – 6:00pm

For more information please visit their website

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