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Cartel Coffee Lab

Coffee Shop and Internet Cafe$$$$
Downtown Scottsdale, Scottsdale
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  • Mindy R.
    "Love the La Marzacco manual espresso machine."(28 Tips)
    Kelly L.
    "Love the heart design they put in the froth of my chai!"(5 Tips)
    Laura B.
    "Awesome study spot.... Free wi-fi, bomb coffee, comfy couches!"(3 Tips)
    lindsey o.
    "Iced coffee was decent."(4 Tips)
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  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesDecember 10, 2013
    Pretty much the ideal for in-house roasted coffee in the Valley, this hip house of java features intricate cold brews and espressos crafted with an attention to detail that borders on obsessive.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Will C.
    Will CurranSeptember 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Good chai but gets really busy in the morning and early afternoon however it's dead after 3pm. Outlets on the floor and a good quiet back room to get things done.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle R.August 13, 2014
    The best location of the Cartel group. These guys are kind and are genuinely excited about walking you through their single origins or new brewing methods.
  • 🌵Andrew K.
    🌵Andrew Kolikoff🌵December 25, 2014
    Delicious blends and an impressive variety of live brewing choices. The only knock is that it is by FAR the most expensive coffee in the Valley. (Cost me $5 for a medium!!)
  • Shiqi Y.
    Shiqi YangOctober 31, 2014
    They have very original tea. Just the Chinese way. Plaint tea without sugar or milk, and in a glass with a few times hot water refill. It's just my cup of tea!
  • Ken F.
    Ken FMay 26, 2017
    Fantastic coffee (my latte was amazing)! Comfortable atmosphere with free wifi and lots of places to charge a laptop.
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceOctober 31, 2013
    Here solo? The chaise longues in the front window are the best seats in the house. Great people watching, and very comfortable.
  • Dennelle E.
    Possibly the best coffee in the States. The guys there are super lovely too. :)
  • Jon C.
    Jon ClineJanuary 30, 2013
    Sometimes they have some Mexican Hooker on reserve, it is horchata mixed with coffee and it is amazing, it has to be on a special day though, just ask every time you are in there
  • Isa B.
    Isa BellaSeptember 29, 2015
    Espresso it's a mass!! My latte (double) perfect I dont know how they roast but the taste its perfumed ... Stays
  • Farrah
    FarrahMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Amaaaazing dirty chai! Super nice staff, great atmosphere, lots of craft beers, sandwiches, pastries, etc. I'm so glad I found you, Cartel
  • Craig G.
    Craig GAugust 24, 2014
    We had the turkey bene and the bananas fosters which we split between the two of us. Both dishes were amazing!
  • Bob D.
    Bob DownsJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No oven anymore, so no "Big Ben" anymore. But, "English Jammer" is yummy and uses the same great English Muffins. WiFi is still super fast.
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsApril 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Need to use the Internet? They have complimentary wireless access. But it's locked! The password is "espresso". Clever. Happy surfing!
  • John K.
    John KassJune 17
    Been here 25+ times
    The coffee is amazing. The drip coffee is great. Great staff too. Super helpful. Super nice people.
  • Cliff S.
    Cliff SummerhillNovember 17, 2013
    I love this place! Great coffee, great atmosphere and the staff is super friendly! There it here!
  • Clair W.
    Clair WyantMarch 19, 2014
    Good place to get during the day to complete computer work, or to meet someone. Good music, but not overbearing.
  • Bill K.
    Bill KennedyJanuary 8, 2013
    If not in the mood for coffee, try a nice cup of English breakfast tea. Quite pleasant!
  • Dennelle E.
    Possibly the best coffee in the States. The guys there are super lovely too. :)
  • Dennelle E.
    Possibly the best coffee I’ve ever had in the States. The guys are super lovely too. :)
  • Jason S.
    Jason StrunkFebruary 23, 2012
    The Siberia is one of their best coffees, but on a hot day you can do know wrong with a Toddy!
  • Farrah
    FarrahJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Vegetarian Big Ben sandwich is amaaaazing! Order this! You will not be disappointed.
  • Vaska L.
    Vaska LeopardMay 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place never disappoints. Come here if you want REAL coffee drinks. Staff here is awesome.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The iced agave latte is heaven. Also...sitting outside in Jan with my Mac drinking an agave latte is heaven. =)
  • Chris L.
    Chris LennertFebruary 17, 2012
    Unbelievable. Staff is super knowledgeable, willing to educate you, passionate. Artisanal focused.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GeyerFebruary 2, 2013
    Everyone says the cappuccinos are great here… it's no lie. IT'S THE BEST CAPPUCCINO I'VE EVER HAD!
  • LaTricia W.
    LaTricia WoodsNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome location. Great place to take a breather and listen to some awesome music.
  • Samthrax
    SamthraxJune 9, 2012
    Check out their beer selection! Try the Mr.Pineapple and a Gubna of course :)
  • Philip K.
    Philip KnappenbergerNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you haven't had one of the delicious Agave Lattes, make sure to try one, it'll blow your mind!
  • Michael E. S.
    Michael E. SorekFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cappuccino. In fact all of the espresso drinks are good.
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PartridgeFebruary 12, 2015
    It's all good. Best coffee in town
  • Laura B.
    Laura BriggsNovember 28, 2011
    Awesome study spot.... Free wi-fi, bomb coffee, comfy couches!
  • Steffen
    SteffenApril 4, 2016
    Great coffee and atmosphere! Definitely going to be coming here often.
  • Joshua K.
    Joshua KrizeApril 29, 2015
    Espresso and any style brewed coffee.
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua ElsonDecember 28, 2011
    Great looking spot with a cool layout. Wireless is really slow, unfortunately.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan Svoboda4 days ago
    Fun place to go after a bike ride for coffee with friends.
  • Cristopher
    CristopherMarch 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Stay until closing and you might get a free beer or muffin!
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LoubetAugust 23, 2011
    Love the heart design they put in the froth of my chai! Read more
  • ☀ Jelena ✈
    ☀ Jelena ✈December 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can never go wrong w/ the Iced Toddy, add some Pure Cane Syrup & Cream & you're all good to go.
  • Kudzai
    KudzaiJuly 21, 2012
    Love, love, love this place. The best quiche ever!
  • Tiffany V.
    Tiffany VartyMay 20, 2013
    The wifi password is: espresso (not sure if they change it daily or not!)
  • Paul O.
    Paul OppenheimerApril 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The toddy gets better every time.
  • Ed H.
    Ed HashDecember 29, 2011
    Try the Cappuccino - One of the best I've ever had!
  • David L.
    David LeongMarch 20, 2014
    If you want garbage coffee but a "hip" shop, this is the place for you.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle R.January 7, 2013
    Great single origin cup
  • 4sq Expert
    4sq ExpertNovember 10, 2010
    the chai is so good. great vibe and great ppl working here.
  • Mindy R.
    Mindy RiApril 15
    Love the La Marzacco manual espresso machine.
  • lindsey o.
    lindsey olsenSeptember 18, 2015
    Cappuccino was bland. Iced coffee was decent. We didn't try the cupcakes, those are probably the money makers
  • Greg P.
    Greg PhillipsOctober 3, 2013
    Great drinks but the WiFi is unreliable.
  • francine h.
    They have a neat wine bar at night.
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