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Great new coffee place in Tucson!!

wyf4lyf Mar 27, 2007 02:34 PM

My husband's been telling me about a new coffee place near his work, called Crave Espresso Bar. I went with him this morning and it was great!! It's on Broadway, in the same strip as C.I. Chu's Mongolian BBQ and Rockin' Pizza; the website with all the info is: http://www.craveespressobar.com

The menu is huge...one menu alone for mochas...then other coffee drinks (including French press to order)...then non-coffee drinks. They had lots of yummy-looking baked goods, all made fresh there. There were 2 quiche offerings, a savory muffin/roll, 3-4 types of scones, and other decadent looking goodies. I had a blueberry scone which was probably the best coffee house scone I've had. Finally someone understands that a scone doesn't need to be heavy like a doorstop; this was lighter and more biscuity. The blueberries were of the dried variety, and plenty of them, so they added wonderful texture and flavor. A small drizzle of icing to add sweetness, but not too much. I was impressed. I had a latte with sugar-free vanilla syrup. It was a tad bit sweet...next time I'll ask for 1/2 as much syrup. My husband, who is very picky about his lattes, really loves all the coffee drinks he's had there so far.

There were plenty of tables as well as a bar with bar stools. Also a nice balance with some comfy chairs and then my favorite spot -- a "nook" with very comfortable built-in high-backed couches; this area would 4-5 people well...great for a meeting, or a gathering of friends. Also great for 2 people to stretch out with a cup of joe and a good book. Picture here -- http://www.craveespressobar.com/photo...

Kim, the owner-manager, is incredibly friendly and welcoming. She hasn't staged their "Grand Opening" yet as she wants to make sure all the employees are well-trained before the crowds come. So far they seem to be doing a great job.

Oh...and free wifi... and outlets available to plug in the laptops!

I encourage all Tucsonans to give this place a try. It's hard to compete with Starbuck's and corporate America, so let's help a good local business make a good go of it!

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    jkandell Sep 21, 2007 05:17 AM

    Crave is our "neighborhood" coffeehouse and, frankly, it made the whole area livable. They are very friendly, especially the owner. They have great pastries. However: coffee.. only so so. However, there is a new coffeehouse near campus, Cafe Luce, which has the best coffee in Tucson imho. They roast it there. Fresh! There are some other roasters in town but these guys seem to do it right. My second favorite, for espresso, is B-Line believe it or not.

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      Claudette Sep 21, 2007 12:19 PM

      Their Toddy (cold-brewed coffee) is pretty good. LOVE their pastries!

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        jkandell Oct 14, 2007 10:42 AM

        Toddy at Crave, Luce, or B-line? At Crave I really like their "honey late". At Luce I go right for the Americano--their coffee is good enough that additions only detract.

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          Claudette Oct 15, 2007 01:36 PM

          At Crave - it's their cold-steeped coffee, and it's rich and mellow. Thanks for the Luce tip.

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      Claudette Jul 24, 2007 12:19 AM

      Thanks for the tip. Their cold-brewed coffee and all the pastries I tried were terrific!

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        binky Luckhurst Jul 19, 2007 06:27 PM

        Couldn't agree with you more! We've been to Crave a couple of times and we're looking forward to going again. The owner certainly knows her coffee. I was in the coffee business for 15 years - so - I do get a bit uptight with bad java - this is a real treat. It would be good to support this wonderful effort.

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          binky Luckhurst Mar 30, 2007 09:43 AM

          Thanks - will look forward to trying this place.

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            Booklegger451 Mar 28, 2007 03:24 PM

            It's good to hear that we have another good independant coffee house here in town! Seems like we've lost a bunch of the long-timers in the last couple of years.

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