Within Tempe there are several amazing coffee roasters and distributors, coffee shops and breweries. These companies manufacture their goods not only for people in Tempe, but throughout the state and sometimes the nation.
Here's a list of some places you won't want to miss.
Cartel Coffee Lab – From handcrafted carafes of drip to kegged cold brew, you won’t lack for a caffeine buzz from Cartel's coffee. Maybe the shop isn’t world famous yet, but someday ... The Tempe location started small, then grew, grew again and then exploded into six places around the state, including Sky Harbor International Airport.
Cortez Coffee – The coffee at Cortez is more than organic or fair trade. Some of it is grown at home, in the South American family coffee plantation owned by the Cortez family. Cortez Coffee imports, roasts and ships coffee around the world. They also serve their brew at Third Thursdays at the Tempe History Museum.
Gold Bar Espresso – For more than 20 years, family-owned Gold Bar has served up java and jazz. Get the study vibe going or hang out on Saturday for game night.
Infusion Coffee and Tea - This is expert level coffee and tea. Not only do they roast their own, they teach other people how to become coffee and tea professionals. The International Barista and Coffee Academy is located here. Want a beer? They are located next to Four Peaks Brewery on Eighth Street.
King Coffee – This funky little place in the Maple Ash neighborhood not only has the perfect vibe, it’s next to a Pilates studio so you can work off the calories from their amazing ice cream and espresso dessert. Watch this video of how they make it.
Momentto Caffe – This south Tempe location is not a coffee house, so don’t think about bringing the books and emptying six or ten pots there. It’s a place to get the beans you need to keep you going until 3 a.m. Momentto handcrafts organic, GMP certified European coffee blends. They’ll let you tour the facility and they’ll even give you a sample or two.
Royal Coffee – This small shop near Sun Devil Stadium is far enough away to feel off-campus but close enough so you can get to your test on time, with gluten-free and vegan offerings aplenty.
Solo Café – This community shop shares space with a hair salon, so you can get a trim and a dirty chai latte. They have a record player with headphones, too, so you can rock out to your favorite tunes while learning your calculus.
Steve's Espresso - Coffee or cocktails, Steve's has you covered. But why choose? Ask them to make you an espresso martini! Steve's opened in central Tempe in 2004. His motto: Live graciously. Be kind. Have fun.
Wheely’s Café – This might be the world’s smallest coffee shop, but it's located exactly where you need it. Wheely’s is a mobile organic coffee cart off University Drive in downtown Tempe.
Xtreme Bean – What happens to old banks? They become delicious coffee houses. Study in the vault or listen to the live music on Fridays. Get there early and on some mornings you can smell the beans roasting.
Beer and Spirits
Arizona Distilling Co
Handcrafted and award-winning gin. vodka, bourbon and whiskey come out of this location, and you can even grab a jug of moonshine here. Take a tour of the facility.
Four Peaks Brewery
Housed in an historic building, the brewmasters at Four Peaks conjure some of the finest ales, lagers, IPAs and stouts in the world. Eight regular beers and many seasonal varieties are brewed in Tempe for distribution around the country. They have an award-winning restaurant at the brewery, too.
Huss Brewing Co.
A family-owned business located in north Tempe, Huss produces more than 20 labels of beer and even offers Downward Draft, a free yoga class in the brewery. Stop by the taproom.
Pedal Haus Brewery
Located in the heart of downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue, Pedal Haus is a full restaurant and bar with several of its own brews. Ride your bike in and have a great night out with friends.
The Shop Beer Co.
These guys produce great beer AND great coffee. Their pub near Tempe Town Lake provides the best of both worlds. They manufacture both beer and coffee brands for distribution around the state and have food trucks, bands and more.
Sleepy Dog Brewery
Since 2007, Rob Sizemore and his team have produced delicious labels that you can find in Tempe or at your local grocer. Try a Puppy Pale Ale or a Hound Hefeweizen.