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Cartel Coffee Lab

Coffee Shop$$$$
Maple Ash, Tempe
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    Ranked #4 for coffee shops in Tempe
  • Stars
    This place is famous for their coffee. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tips
    amber b.
    "Get the dirty chai - hands down the best I've ever had."(11 Tips)
    ASU's Tempe Campus
    "The Espresso Excelente is delicious!"(3 Tips)
    Phoenix New Times
    "when Cartel released the Desert Pale Ale & Coffee Brown Ale."(3 Tips)
    Brad W.
    "Fantastic espresso drinks and a great vibe."(31 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon183 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • trendy
  • chai
  • casual
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  • Zsuzsa M.heart icon on user image
    Zsuzsa MegyeryDecember 17, 2014
    They feature a different black coffee each day - super unique and they tell you not just the country but more specifically where it's from. Great vibe for business or catching up with friends.
    Upvoted Jan 24
  • Alice D.heart icon on user image
    Alice DaerMay 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Signal that they know how to craft good espresso drinks: they have a sign posted that reads: "Free Wifi for customers. Don't be a WiFi moocher! Our coffee is more reliable than our WiFi anyway."
  • omar S.heart icon on user image
    omar SaleemDecember 1, 2017
    Everything they make is gold. My favorite is Pascuel coffee made to perfection on the Chem-Ex. Even after living in NYC for the past 3 years, still the best coffee I've had. Try the dirty chai as well
    Upvoted Jan 22
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PartridgeJanuary 6, 2015
    Best coffee in Phoenix hands down is Cartel. Mostly hipster baristas. Solid mustache vibe going on. Usually goof music. Dogs welcome on the patio.
  • Joey W.
    Joey WilliamsAugust 5, 2013
    I'm not even a coffee person but this place is COOL. Been here a few times to accompany friends and I end up getting a tea or a beer just because. Really chill atmosphere, and they just expanded too!
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie SchmellingNovember 13, 2013
    Great coffee, great vibe, great people! It's definitely the hangout spot for Tempe's finest, including students, families and even ASU professors. Great spot to catch up with friends or do homework
  • Markus R.
    Markus RennemannNovember 18, 2013
    The vibe is very hip but in a friendly way, and it's usually a good place to work on homework. The iced toddy is the drink I get most often, but the iced chai is worth trying at least once.
  • 🌵Andrew K.heart icon on user image
    One if the two hippest cawffee joints in the entire Valley. Big, cozy and... Wait for it... Wait for it... It's a brewery too! Cartel Home brews! Yeowza!
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DooleyMarch 18, 2012
    The dirty chai and nonfat cappuccino were amazing! The baristas were super friendly. Some of the clientele were a bit douchey, but worth dealing with for the coffee.
  • Amelia
    AmeliaNovember 22, 2014
    The ultimate chill sitch. Try the cold brew! Also quite a nice beer selection. R&B on the speakers.
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'BrienJune 11, 2016
    Small joint ( 5 barstools maybe) but you can tour the brewery in the back while you try their beer. Their coffee beer was the best ever.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BrogiAugust 4, 2013
    Awesome coffee! The level of craftsmen ship that goes into every cup is great! Their cappuccino is the best in town! Love that its so close to campus.
  • amber b.heart icon on user image
    amber booneJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This is my favorite coffee shops out of all those I've been to. Never disappointed in my beverage or the service! Get the dirty chai - hands down the best I've ever had.
  • Rhett D.heart icon on user image
    Rhett DoolittleMay 6, 2015
    Great place to meet somebody for a quick meeting or get some work done in a cool trendy environment
  • Paul M.heart icon on user image
    Paul MederosMay 29, 2017
    Single origin cold brew was a delight. Big space, perfect for a little co-working.
  • Jared M.
    Jared MurrayDecember 3, 2011
    Whatever you get, you'll be pleased with it. Check out this shop's mention on the popular coffee blog: Dear Coffee, I Love You. That's how I discovered it. Also, get the dirty chai.
  • Kyle R.heart icon on user image
    Kyle R.August 13, 2014
    Possibly too busy for its own good. But you can get excellent coffee and single origin beans from the best roasters in Phoenix.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesJuly 23, 2013
    We were ecstatic when Cartel released the Desert Pale Ale & Coffee Brown Ale. Since then, the beer lineup at Tempe's #1 coffee spot has changed a bit, but we're still pretty excited. Read more
  • Jennifer H.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer HayeFebruary 14, 2013
    Their cappuccino's are great! The art and music make the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. Also love the little designs they put in the foam.
  • Global H.heart icon on user image
    Global HighlanderAugust 9, 2014
    Great coffee shop with amazing coffee right near the ASU campus. I would definitely return here on a visit to Tempe.
  • Alice D.heart icon on user image
    Alice DaerJune 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the only coffee shop I can work at without wearing earphones (cuz they play good music). Also, love that I can pay with the Square app.
  • Jocelyn G.
    Jocelyn GeeFebruary 18, 2013
    Iced toddy's are the best! All of the Cartel regulars are so nice, and the workers always make a point to remember you the next time you come in.
  • Marissa D.
    Marissa Del PradoFebruary 12, 2013
    Really cool place to sit and hang out, and truely the best coffee in town. This might weird to say, but the bathroom graffiti is pretty rad too.
  • April
    AprilFebruary 16, 2011
    You can walk to this coffee shop from ASU's Tempe campus. If you choose to drive they have free parking. Try a fun spin and order the 'dirty whore.' Same as espresso excellente but more fun to say.
  • Bob D.heart icon on user image
    Bob DownsOctober 9, 2015
    Cold brew coffee actually has nuanced tastes - not just "coffee" flavor. Delicious!
  • N G.heart icon on user image
    N GreerJuly 5, 2019
    Lovely workspace with great coffee and fast internet in the middle of a real bakery and coffee roaster.
  • Colton R.heart icon on user image
    Colton RobertsonJune 10, 2015
    Great place to chill, drink coffee, and get some work done. Or just chat with friends. Super chill
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesAugust 5, 2014
    If you live in Phoenix and haven'€™t heard of Cartel Coffee Lab, you'€™ve probably been living under a Starbucks-shaped rock. Read more
  • April
    AprilFebruary 16, 2011
    Semi-hidden; a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of university life. Good place for studying or conversation. Nice natural light when the back garage door is open.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesDecember 12, 2011
    Best of Phoenix 2011: Best Coffee House, Tempe! There's a reason many other coffee shops in the Valley use beans from Cartel Coffee Lab: Flavor, baby. Lots of it. Read more
  • Ting S.heart icon on user image
    Ting SOctober 26, 2015
    Very good coffee in Tempe. The espresso-based coffees are super good.
  • Valentin G.heart icon on user image
    Valentin GuerinAugust 20, 2015
    Really nice coffee spot, lot of space to work, and it's also a craft beer place!
  • Andria K.heart icon on user image
    Andria KocourekOctober 5, 2015
    Fantastic dirty chai, but they can do just about anything. Incredibly wealth of knowledge about coffee.
  • Brad W.heart icon on user image
    Brad WillardDecember 16, 2019
    Fantastic espresso drinks and a great vibe. Lots of room as well.
  • Garrett M.
    Garrett MayNovember 11, 2010
    nice little coffee shop next to campus that actually plays amazing music. if you enjoy mundane acoustic music, then stick to starbucks, but if enjoy innovative music, this is your place
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesJanuary 14, 2013
    2012 Best of Phoenix Winner: Best Coffee House, Tempe! The Arizona pioneer in roasting their own beans, Cartel is the top dog coffee house in Tempe! Read more
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John StamasFebruary 20, 2018
    Best coffee in AZ not to mention the delicious craft beer being brewed here too!
  • Aishwarya C.
    The smell of coffee when you enter is sublime! Good ambience. Effect of the coffee stays for long!
  • Cody C.
    Cody CallahanAugust 5, 2013
    Cool coffee place just off University and Ash. Serves very strong coffee and is ideal for all night study sessions during finals week.
  • Markheart icon on user image
    MarkAugust 25, 2013
    Great and simple iced coffee. Exactly what I wanted without all the fluff. I love how they have expanded.
  • Brent B.
    Brent BrooksAugust 16, 2014
    Best coffee in Phoenix. Great environment, just wish they had more outlets.
  • Sunny D.
    Sunny DavisAugust 3, 2013
    It might be expensive, but it's the best mocha in town. Plus, the baristas are kinda cute... :)
  • ☀ Jelena ✈
    ☀ Jelena ✈November 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing little hidden gem; coffee is superb, music is relaxing & groovy, atmosphere is chill, & the people are very interesting
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinMarch 27, 2016
    One of the best lattes in Tempe! Great cold brew coffee too.
  • Sergey V.
    Sergey VorontsovSeptember 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They brew great Aeropress coffee here.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HaysAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Craft beer, craft coffee and great people. What more could you ask for?
  • Get L.
    Get Local AZApril 10, 2013
    Grab your GET LOCAL CARD & receive a free small coffee or toddy or double espresso when you buy a bag of whole bean coffee.
  • Lawrence Y.heart icon on user image
    Lawrence YanezSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The selection of scones are great. The pineapple coconut is my fave! It's also a bit "fall aparty".
  • Johann W.
    Johann WarnholtzJune 11, 2013
    This place is awesome. Super hip and comfy atmosphere. Free wifi and delicious coffee!
  • Jay L.
    Jay ListonAugust 7, 2013
    Cappuccino was fantastic!! Great vibe and got to see beans roasting also!! Highly recommended.
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