Like a queen bee, a good cup of coffee is carefully tended to by workers, generates a buzz, and makes you scream if it lands between your eyes. Save face with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sandwiches, salads, coffee, and other classic cafe fare at Brosenbrus Cafe in Tempe.
Brosenbrus Cafe's cheerful crew packs a brimming menu with handheld comestibles, including breakfast options served all day and locally roasted coffee. Quell clamorous bellies and do reps for flagging biceps with the hefty breakfast burrito, stuffed with eggs and cheese ($5.50), or a turkey-cranberry-arugula sandwich buttressed by thick slices of white bread ($7.50). Alternatively, diners can occupy bored, neglected cutlery with a robust caprese salad ($6.50). Steamy double-espresso macchiato is available to kick-start listless taste buds ($2), and an iced Milky Way mocha latte dulcetly complies with the demands of threatening sweet teeth ($3.75+).
The minimalist décor at Brosenbrus, featuring sleek wooden tables and clean lines offset by the comfort of a plaid couch, invites diners to focus on relaxing and enjoying their foodstuffs. Sip, lounge, or study until closing time, after which the building turns back into a caffeinated pumpkin.
Brosenbrus Cafe combines the convenience of a coffee bar with the cuisine of a refined sandwich shop, creating an ambiance that azcentral.com described as “young, hip and summer-session sedate.” In addition to brewing Cartel coffee, the cooks also artfully layer pulled pork, pickled vegetables, or hummus between slices of ciabatta or focaccia bread. Steven Gross described the culinary passion that he and co-owner Brad Stewart share, telling State Press Magazine, “whenever we’re around food we always want to experiment.”
This creative energy extends beyond the menu to the café’s clean, modern decor. Seating fills the high-ceilinged space, allowing patrons to enjoy their orders while sitting at one of the gleaming wooden tables, in a plaid armchair, or on the shoulders of an obliging employee.