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Cartel Coffee Lab

Map & Directions 225 W. University Drive, Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Coffeehouse
  • Daily 7am-10pm
  • MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash, check
  • Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Snack Food
  • None
  • Not Necessary
  • Lot Available


Phoenix New Times' Description

If you live in Phoenix and haven’t heard of Cartel Coffee Lab, you’ve probably been living under a Starbucks-shaped rock. Or maybe you just don’t drink java. This local coffee roaster is the best known in the café scene, and chances are you’ve sipped their coffee somewhere around town without realizing it, like Jobot Coffee Shop, which brews its own custom roast. But true fans go straight to the source – one of Cartel Coffee Lab’s four locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix, and Tucson – to get their fix of Black Market Espresso. Cartel sources its four-bean blend from a single high-elevation farm in the Sul de Mina region of Brazil, where it goes through a natural pulping process on-site before leaving for its final destination, your cup. Once Cartel gets its hands on the green beans, they’re roasted to create a bold-flavored coffee with citrus and chocolate notes and a dash of sweetness.

Member Reviews

  • stoneinmotion wrote a review for Cartel Coffee Lab
    on 07/16/10

    Great artistic atmosphere. Try the chai latte.

  • Miss Lenaiya wrote a review for Cartel Coffee Lab
    on 07/14/10

    This place has more coffee than you can imagine! latte's, mocha's, expresso, you name it! talk about a caffeine buzzzzz!!

  • JessicaHill
    JessicaHill wrote a review for Cartel Coffee Lab
    on 05/05/10

    This coffee shop has a great vibe and fits in perfectly with the feel of college-town Tempe. The bicycle wheel art on the wall is really cool and I love the signs written on cardboard boxes all over the place - the employees here aren't afraid to be snarky. The chai is pretty delicious and I've heard nothing but good things about the coffee - especially since they roast the beans... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Yuri A. on 07/10/09

    Go to Cartel and have an iced toddy. The way iced coffee is supposed to be brewed.

  • Phoenix New Times on 12/12/11

    Best of Phoenix 2011: Best Coffee House, Tempe! There's a reason many other coffee shops in the Valley use beans from Cartel Coffee Lab: Flavor, baby. Lots of it.

  • Trevor D. on 10/24/10

    First black mayor of cartel! we have made it America! Yes. We. Can!

  • Kevin B. on 05/12/10

    Best coffee in Tempe!

  • Cameron K. on 02/21/10

    Get to Cartel Coffee Lab and order whatever.

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