Coffee & Treats in Tempe

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Cartel Coffee Lab has reaped its fair share of local and national applause, including that of BBC Travel and Food & Wine Magazine. With all those accolades, it's surprising just how modest Jason Silberschlag—the man behind the coffee—actually is. "We're all infants in understanding coffee," Silberschlag mused in a video on the shop's website. "It's one of the most complex beverages we consume." But, more than modest, Jason's comments reveal a very real respect and reverence for the drink—a respect that manifests itself in the staff's persistent experimentation, study, and instruction. The spot, after all, is not a coffeehouse; it's a coffee lab. Each of Cartel Coffee's four locations moderately play up the laboratory theme with lots of stainless steel, but offset any hint of coldness with brightly colored walls and original sculptures. Even more essential to the theme? The baristas are known to carefully explain brewing processes and technique to their customers as they create decadent espresso drinks, including the simple desert favorite: cold-brewed coffee. Light on the sugar, the brew allows sippers to really taste and admire the bold, earthy flavor of espresso beans culled from Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Guatemala. And though coffee is the most obvious drink to order at Cartel, you’ll want to pay attention to the rest of the menu, especially at the Tempe location. Since early 2013, this outpost has evolved from a straight coffeehouse into a full-blown microbrewery.

225 West University Drive
Tempe,
AZ
US

Mojo Yogurt nourishes tongues and tummies with an arsenal of 28 different flavors of frozen yogurt that brim with digestion-boosting probiotics and fat-free decadence. Walls lined with shiny self-serve stations bring forth swizzles of creamy and fruit-infused yogurt, which, like deli meats and boxers hired to sort schoolyard skirmishes, are priced by weight. After filling cups with swirls of açaí-, mint-chocolate-, and coconut-flavored goodness, guests crown their creations with sprinkles, fruits, nuts, and candies before finally weighing in their purchase. Since the dulcet treats come with a host of health benefits and Mojo Yogurt donates 2% of all sales to community nonprofits, guests savor each spoonful with a glowing sense of generosity and wellbeing.

350 S Mill Ave
Tempe,
AZ
US

Mind Over Batter, a confectionery delight in the heart of Tempe, opened its doors on Valentine's Day 2011 and shortly thereafter won the Phoenix New Times' annual Best Cupcakes award. After being dismayed by the banality of store-bought desserts and the lack of business ethics among shadowy sheet-cake cartels, the team at Mind Over Batter decided to set out on their own, eventually expanding their labor of love to two different locations in Tempe and Gilbert. The shops bake cupcakes in an array of traditional and less common flavors, such as peanut butter and strawberry or chocolate chip and fudge, with the bite-sized cakes come adorned in glittering sugar crystals or technicolored layers of creamy icing. Cake pops weigh down skewers with cake spheres dunked into various buttercream icings and candy coatings. Custom-made cakes commemorate baby showers, weddings, or the weddings of love-struck babies with batters such as chocolate red velvet or classic butter yellow, and fillings such as chocolate ganache or seasonal fresh fruit.

1805 E Elliot Rd.
Tempe,
AZ
US

Until the staff at Water 'n Ice can create a delicious mist, they'll continue to specialize in the water and ice forms of H2O. Transforming water into an impressive array of sweets, they whip up 40 flavors of ice cream and 60 flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice. They also craft treats including smoothies, milk shakes, italian ice, and strawberry pop rocks, which when mixed with soda results in earthquakes. Their BPA-free water bottles and reverse-osmosis-purified water keep clients healthy as they hydrate.

3141 S McClintock Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

With 30 years of baking experience, Cookies From Home ships tins, trays, baskets, and boxes of freshly baked and creatively packed treats that scrumptiously enhance existence. Master bakers handcraft 15 varieties of orbicular bliss each day so they can travel from beaters to bellies without once inhaling the icy breath of the deep freeze. Traditional flavors such as Chewy Chip, Peanut N’ Butter, and Always Oatmeal Raisin, mingle with combos off the beaten palate—including the chocolate, coconut, and oatmeal triumvirate that is Hunka Chunka—to create a conga line of sweet comfort. Five cookie flavors also have gluten-free doppelgangers, with bases of rice flour and tapioca starch, as well as calorie-free versions made of holography lasers and wishful thinking.

1605 W University Dr
Tempe,
AZ
US

Crafting creative concoctions with culinary prowess and playful whimsy, Honey Moon Sweets proffers pastries, cookies, and cakes made from scratch and adorned as edible art. Sweetness-savvy suitors can court beloved companions, hoped-for heartthrobs, and favored dentists with the light but decadent gift of a 6-inch tiramisu specialty cake. A base of cloudlike sponge cake holds mascarpone cream between layers of espresso- and kahlua-soaked ladyfingers, which are delicately blanketed in a sheath of whipped cream, dusted with cocoa, and ornamented with curls of chocolate. After being gilded with gems of fresh fruit, the tempting treasure is topped with a valentine ribbon and a marzipan plaque announcing “I love you,” mending the bruised egos of pouty mouths after being teased by vindictive cheesecakes.

606 W Southern Ave
Tempe,
AZ
US