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Cartel Coffee Lab

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225 West University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 225-3899
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tustin, California
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129 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Phoenix had only a few coffee shops and Cartel was a standout. The coffee was great and the service was on point. The prices are a little high, but given the quality, it was reasonable. I wish they had a wider range of pastries though.

Thank glen p
Tempe, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

I was on my lunch break and my coworker said do you like coffee I said no I hate coffee he said I'de still like this place is called the cartel. I walked in and immediately the smell the coffee hit me in my face like a baseball bat however the atmosphere was amazing people were everywhere, from students doing... More 

Thank Allan H
Mesa, Arizona
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoy this on campus coffee place. I believe it has the best coffee in Arizona. when I go there I always get a toddy and an espresso shot. almost all the time it blows me away, plus the owner Jason is really cool👍🏿👍🏿

Thank chefboyr2
Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

I'm always looking for the perfect coffee shop while traveling and was not disappointed with The Cartel Coffee Lab. Exactly what I was looking for. Perfect latte. Can't ask for more.

Thank Marsoan
South Lyon, Michigan
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Came in through the back and thought I was entering a hookah lounge. Iced coffee was rather pricey and had the weirdest sour taste I've ever experienced in a coffee drink. After doing my best to sweeten it up the drink went into the trash and I was on my way. Like I stated....not at all what I expected.

Thank tman5781
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

The coffee drinks were good...but way over priced for the tiny serving size. Not a great selection of pastries although the homemade pop tarts were quite good. We enjoy independent coffee shops and make a point to support them...but this place seems to be trying too hard with the over the top hipster attitude.

Thank MarJar26
Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

I loved it. Great fit out, and awesome staff. They're very clearly very passionate about coffee, and they'll make it precisely how you like it. It's hugely busy (though most of the people there seem to be students working on their MacBooks, taking up all the tables...) so I wouldn't want to be in a rush! The apple crumble pie... More 

Thank lostintheether
Tempe, Arizona
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

Very bitter coffee. Lots of people rave about it. Just don't like their coffee. Try it for yourself, take a risk and spend $2. I find it silly reviewing a $2 cup of coffee.

Thank Sam D
Centennial, Colorado
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Want a quick cuppa? Forget about it. The folks at Cartel are all about making coffee fresh using various methods of pour over right when you order. Great coffee from people who love coffee and the experience of making it.

Thank jeldenbailey
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313 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

What a Great Space....Creative Everything & they have a giant Coffee Grinder on the spot! WOW! Good place to just hang out♡

Thank upupandaway3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 West University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: (480) 225-3899

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?