What’s brewing at Scottsdale coffee shops
By Olivia Munson
Every day, Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee. For some, the day does not truly begin without a signature cup of Joe. Over the past years, coffee drinkers shifted from drinking in fast chains to enjoying the quiet atmosphere of a coffee shop. In Scottsdale, there are plenty of shops to help fit your coffee fix.
2902 N. 68th Street, Suite 135, Scottsdale
Points of Pride: Echo Coffee has been open for eight years and owner Steve Belt prides his shop in being locally owned. Coffee is roasted in-house and pastries are made fresh. Echo Coffee is Shamrock Farm’s No. 1 organic milk consumer and hopes to downplay the use of sugar in the coffee industry. According to Belt, the experience at Echo Coffee is “incomparable” to other coffee shops. At Echo Coffee, you “get amazing [coffee] but do not get charged amazing prices.”
Recommended Drink: Belt recommends their 6 oz. cappuccino – espresso with steamed whole milk, made the classic Italian way. Be sure to pair with a cranberry scone or house-made banana bread if you are in the mood for a treat.
Village Coffee Roastery
8120 N. Hayden Road, Suite 104, Scottsdale
Points of Pride: Opened in 1996, the Village Coffee Roastery uses the scientific method to roast their coffee unlike anyone else. The Village specializes in using Ethiopian and Indonesian coffee so consumers can drink it straight without added milks or sugars. “If you like just coffee, this is the place for you,” owner Lisa Stroud says. The Village prides itself on being the second-oldest coffee shop in the Valley and knowing all of their customers, with 80 percent being regulars.
Recommended Drink: Stroud tells customers to “drink what they drink” and from there they can figure out what they enjoy at the Village. However, the Village sells more Americanos and espressos than any of their other drinks. If you are in the mood for something sweeter, Stroud recommends the Vietnamese coffee.
10269 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Points of Pride: Maverick Coffee has “a true multi-roaster concept.” In their brews, they utilize both domestic and international beans. The shop has a calming aesthetic, perfect for studying and doing work. For Maverick Coffee, community engagement is huge, and starting in 2019, they began “Monthly Premier Roasters.” During this event, patrons can engage with the shop through social media and vote for their favorite monthly roast.
Recommended Drink: Owner Jeff Lynn recommends the iced mocha since it brings back nostalgia from college. Lynn says when he was in school, iced mochas were considered his fuel.
Press Coffee Roasters
15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 102, Scottsdale
Points of Pride: Press Coffee is served at local dining establishments including The Gladly, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, NCounter, and Citizen Public House, among others, but their bustling location in Scottsdale Quarter offers the unmatched aromas of fresh-brewed coffee, made from beans sourced directly from farmers in Ethiopia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Sumatra and Guatemala and then roasted in-house.
Recommended Drink: Press Coffee’s Nitro Cold Brew – cold coffee charged with a kick from nitrogen to give it a rich, creamy head.
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