Romancin’ the Bean

Phoenix Picks

(originally published 01/04/2008)

Because our first date with hubby-to-be was at Steve’s Espresso, it holds a warm place in our crusty little heart.  A far cry from your run-of-the-mill, mass-produced coffee cattle call, Steve’s is über-chill without any of that highfalutin’ snobbery.  With their sky-blue ceiling, kitschy Western wall art and comfy chairs, you can sit and relax for as long as you want, without ever feeling rushed or unwelcome (not to mention the masseuse they had in the corner, who was offering massages for a mere 10 bucks!).

Their drink service is something to behold: an old-school French press makes rich, smooth coffee, without any burned, acidic undertones.  The flavorings they add enhance and complement the coffee’s flavor so it’s never cloying or overly sweet.

For those who prefer tea, rejoice: they have an extensive collection of loose-leaf teas that you can order iced or in a bottomless, cast-iron teapot.  Steve’s also offers up frozen drinks and baked goods, including dense but flaky scones and decadent muffins.  And did we mention that Steve’s has free Wi-Fi?  So it’s the perfect nook for curling up with a warm laptop or a good book.

Steve’s Espresso
1801 E. Baseline Road, Ste. 102
Tempe, AZ 85283

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