The Arizona Republic has an article titled “Valley coffee scene perks up with indie shops” written by Randy Cordova. A few choice quotes from the article: “There’s a density of people in Phoenix that is ripe for the picking,” Jason says. “There are 30- and 40-story buildings with a lot of people . . . . There are ASU students, lots of them. A lot of residential things have popped up in the area. Together, you’re talking about a big group of people.” — Jason Silberschlag If the figures from his blog are any indication, coffee awareness is growing in the Valley. Through a recent survey, he learned that about 50 percent of his readers began browsing Arizona Coffee in the past year. That’s pretty encouraging for a 5-year-old blog. Randy asked me what my top 5 coffee shops are: Cartel Coffee Lab, 225 W. University Drive, Tempe Press Coffee Food & Wine, 5410 E. High St., Phoenix Solo Cafe, 107 E. Baseline Road, Tempe Firecreek Coffee Co., 6501 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek Liberty Market Espresso Bar, 230 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive list of my favorites. There are a lot of fantastic coffee shops around Phoenix that deserve equal praise. Thanks to Randy for the great reporting!