Great new coffee place in Tucson!!
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!
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.
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.