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Cartel Coffee Lab

225 West University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 225-3899
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Ranked #31 of 611 restaurants in Tempe
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Most recent review
- May 8, 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Cute, modern, coffee warehouse type cafe building. Good baristas and coffee. A great place to chill and enjoy a espresso with friends.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I LOVE this place. It takes forever for a cup of coffee, but it is fresh, made to order. The Tempe location is the best. They serve beer now, too. Great people, a local dive for sure. It's pretty expensive for coffee, but so good! Cartel is our favorite place for coffee. Starbucks doesn't stand a chance next to Cartel.

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Tempe, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I met a business contact at Cartel for coffee. The coffee was very good and a great local alternative to Starbucks. There is plenty of room to talk and the atmosphere was friendly.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The Cartel experience is very unique. I buy their Black Market Espresso weekly to use in my home machine. They roast their own coffee beans and the flavor is exceptional. They also make each cup of coffee individually, not from a coffee machine. Their coffee beans, hands down are some of the best roasts I have used. They do not... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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108 reviews 108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I went to the one in Old Town, Scottsdale. I ordered a decaf cappuccino as it was late and did not have high expectations but was really wowed! Service was exceptionally friendly and the cappuccino is rivaled only by the ones I've enjoyed in Europe. Will go back to Cartel whenever I have the opportunity.

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boulder, co
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Loved the Cartel Coffee Lab concept, which I expect equally appeals to entrepreneurs, students and travelers. Had a really great coffee here (a latte) and service was great. Love how they can email/text you the receipt too. Also discovered one at downtown Phoenix (1st) and the Airport. Keep up the great work people!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

Had to give this a try since my husband is really into great coffee. This was so much beyond Starbucks in quality although loud techno music was a little young for us. It is not well signed so use your GPS and keep looking. We have three more days in Phoenix and will be going back all three!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I was only in Tempe for 3 days but I had to come here twice! The atmosphere is unique with exposed pipes, bags of coffee beans and a diverse clientele including students, professionals, and older folks. It is the perfect place for conversation and for working on a laptop but the real draw is the coffee! Each drink is fresh... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

I walk into the Tempe location of Cartel Coffee Lab on average, 5 times a week. Why so often? I am a gluten for being spoiled rotten! The quality of coffees available, and excellence in extraction and preparation are World class. The coffee bean varieties rotate regularly and are roasted in house, in Tempe (for all 5 locations). On the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We all apply a different std when it comes to food and drink at an airport.....where high praise is often "it was really good....for an airport". Today I had my first Cartel Coffee lab experience---pour over coffee-- at Sky Harbor. Great to have a choice of coffees (i went with a smooth guatamalan) and expertly prepared by people who understand... More

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