I’m at CupZ for a coffee after a meeting at Chompies. There’s a crowd here all wrapped in their work (using laptops no less). I asked the barista whether they could validate my parking ticket and she said she couldn’t. Then she said that they don’t even validate employees parking tickets. She said they have to pay for their own parking to work here. That’s probably a typical situation in a big city like New York, but Tempe?
I suppose that most of the people here are college students. There is a big line of bicycles locked up in front of the store and lots of people are walking past the large windows.
Overall, CupZ looks to be a huge success in Tempe. They have done a nice job with the interior. The color scheme is mostly red and white. The tables are a lacquerer white with comfortable wood chairs. Definitely a notch up from Coffee Plantation down the street.
They have free wifi, a big screen flat panel television mounted in the corner, and some nice artwork.
With all of that going for them, my coffee today was quite unexpectedly average. In fact, my macchiato was something I’d rather not talk about (check out that wicked foam, and I’m using the term wicked here in a bad way). My iced coffee was basically ice. Maybe CupZ is so used to catering to a crowd that likes chocolate and sugar, that they’ve lost the true art of serving coffee. With their college crowd providing a rather comfortable base, do you think they have any true coffee fans?
Is CupZ Tempe just a glorified study lounge?
Just south of Fulton Building Parking Garage ($2/hr, $8/day)
777 College Ave, Suite 101
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 557-5245
Hours: Mon – Fri 6am to 8pm
Weekends 6am to 2pm