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Jan 27, 2007 05:51 PM

Coffee in AZ

Are there any good roasters in AZ? I know this isn't Seattle but in Olympia, WA where we used to live there was a local coffee joint that offered coffee beans from around the world. We would like to locate Brazilian coffee if possible. Thanks!

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    1. There's Raging Sage Coffee Roasters down in Tucson, but I'm not familiar with their selection of coffee. You could always take the leap and start roasting your own coffee, it's easy , economical, and delicious. Check out Sweet Maria's for more info...

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        Raging Sage was God-awful a year or three back, for French roast anyway.

        Cheers -- Pete Tillman

        1. re: Tillman

          Raging Sage is still god-awful. Decent espresso, but the coffee isn't good.

          For a while, we were buying coffee from Safehouse, which is the retail front for Roaster X. Also, decent espresso, and they make a nice toddy blend. But it sounds like we should start shopping in Phoenix.

          1. re: ricestein

            All right, this "link to a place" button is giving me some trouble. Let's try that again.

            Hmm, no luck. Well, the address is 4024 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ.

            1. re: ricestein

              Hmm...Google maps and their own website give the address below for Roaster X

              Roaster X Coffee
              718 E 46th St, Tucson, AZ

              1. re: hohokam

                Duh. Sorry. Still working on getting caffeine into my bloodstream.

                Link for Safehouse...

                4024 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

      2. If you wish to go the "roast your own" route, you can get green beans from "grinders." He'll sell you his beans for half the roasted price, which makes it about the same as sweet marias, except no shipping and more convenient. However, do check out sweet marias, because their selection is really great.

        Lux has the best coffee I've had roasted in Phoenix. The espresso was smooth and rich. i haven't had a brewed cup yet though. Lux is on central just north of the true downtown. The best cup of coffee I've had in Arizona was at the Blue Sky Cafe in Care Free, but they get their beans from zoka, which you may already be familiar with. I'd drive up there just for a cup, but for you it may just be an average cup.

        I propose that you visit all the roasters you can and report back to us who has the best! You can start with Grinders (about 7th and dunlap I think). Whole Foods also roasts their own, but I don't trust their roasters, and I really dislke that they store them in open air.

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          1. re: Grey

            While I've never actually been to Lux, they serve Lux coffee at Rancho Pinot and I was really impressed with it (probably one of the best cups I've had served at any restaurant). I enjoyed it enough to seriously want to make the 30-45 minute trek to stock up on beans at the coffeeshop. It's really great stuff.

            1. re: crsin

              We are big fans of Lux. We actually drink decaf at home (for quite a long time now with 2 little ones). Lux's decaf rocks - as good as any regular coffee we've found.

              We make the trek to Lux from East Scottsdale every week or two to stock up on decaf beans. Sometimes we're picking up beans for the rest of the family & walk out of there with 5 lbs worth. Good prices too!

        1. Matador Coffee- It is awesome! Mario the owner has moved back to the valley after living in Seattle where he owned his own coffee shop and began studying roasting. He has his own roaster on site and it's some of the best coffee I have had in town. Give him a call for pricing and pick up (480) 656-3551.

          1. Another place that roasts onsite is Papa's Perks at 67th Avenue just south of the 101, on the west side (same strip mall as Sportsman's). I usually like very dark roasted Guatemalan or Costa Rican beans and they only had Kenyan in dark roast, but they told me that they will roast any beans to order if you call a couple of days ahead.

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            1. re: kittyfood

              Wohoo - did they reopen? Last I heard they closed - maybe 2 years ago (?) - I had $25 on my card there that they still owed me, would love to get it back! I drive by there daily & have never seen a sign. Did they move spaces within the complex?