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Sep 29, 2007 12:16 AM

Coffee in N PHX/Scottsdale

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?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: silverbear

      my 2 favorite Indie coffee houses are INZA Coffee
      located @ the 101 and Shea a few exits south of Desert Ridge
      Great Coffee and yummy empanadas

      The other is the Cave Creek Coffee

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

      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

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

        Lux Coffeebar
        4404 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

        1. re: ccl1111

          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

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