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chaiwalla Sep 29, 2007 12:16 AM

I'm staying at the JW Mariott in Desert Ridge. I'd like to avoid the ubiquitous starbucks and am looking for something in the intelligentsia coffee (Chicago) caliber. Any recommendations?

  1. silverbear Sep 29, 2007 04:48 AM

    Desert Ridge is a newly developed, sprawlish place, so there aren't many independents in the immediate area.

    A local blogger has created a very useful map of independent coffee houses in the Phoenix Area. Zoom in around Desert Ridge and you'll see a few listings a few miles away in north Scottsdale, northeast Phoenix, and Cave Creek.

    http://www.arizonacoffeemap.com/

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    1. re: silverbear
      ciaogal Sep 29, 2007 06:53 AM

      my 2 favorite Indie coffee houses are INZA Coffee
      http://www.inzacoffee.com/menu.html
      located @ the 101 and Shea a few exits south of Desert Ridge
      Great Coffee and yummy empanadas

      The other is the Cave Creek Coffee
      http://www.cavecreekcoffee.com/

      Also not far from Desert Ridge....north on Tatum right on to Cave Creek Road

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      Inza Coffee
      8658 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

      Cave Creek Coffee Co
      6033 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

      1. re: ciaogal
        ccl1111 Oct 1, 2007 04:26 PM

        The vote in my extended family, is Lux, Lux, Lux, Lux and Lux. : )

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        Lux Coffeebar
        4404 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

        1. re: ccl1111
          azhotdish Oct 1, 2007 04:56 PM

          For the OP, Lux is neither in Scottsdale nor N PHX, so that might not fit the bill if distance is priority, but certainly a top-choice if in the downtown area. Coupled with outstanding Pane Bianco next door, I'd say make the trek down there.

          1. re: azhotdish
            ccl1111 Oct 1, 2007 05:17 PM

            Thanks for the clarification. I think my brain just saw coffee & went Lux! : )

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