Archive for September 2011

My thoughts on National Coffee Day

September 29, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

I think I’m supposed to say something about National Coffee Day. Isn’t every day a coffee day? Why today? What makes today special?

Why not a Monday morning? One of those days when it’s raining, you left the windows open on your car last night, and you have a 8:00 am meeting and woke up late. That’s a coffee day.

And, if it were that significant, Google would have a custom logo — and they do not.

Arizona Baristas: Show us your best latte art

September 28, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

Calling all Arizona baristas: show us your best latte artwork.

Send in a photo, and I’ll do a post here sharing all of them. This isn’t a competition, just a fun show-and-tell experience. If it works out, maybe we’ll have an online contest for Arizona baristas in the future.

Send your best latte art photo to (or tweet it to @arizonacoffee or post on the Arizona Coffee Facebook wall) and include any notes, your name, and where you work.

Jobs: Service Techs at Service Associates

September 27, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

Arizona Coffee sponsor Service Associates is hiring in Tucson and Phoenix. They’re looking for service techs to install and repair coffee and espresso equipment. Get in touch if you are interested, and ask for Stephen Bourque.

Beer at Cartel, a good thing?

September 27, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

What do you think? Will adding beer make Cartel Coffee Lab a better place? Apparently they rented the suite next door to the Tempe location so they’ll have more room (that’s cool).

Latte Art Indian Chief

September 24, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

Considering I live in Arizona, I’m amazed I have never seen a latte art indian chief design before. Check out this YouTube clip showing some examples. Here is another clip with some additional details.

Brew Methods – Recipes for brewing coffee

September 23, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

Check out, it’s a simple site devoted to sharing links to cool coffee brewing methods.

Coffee Shop Interior Design

September 22, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

What makes a great coffee shop interior? Is it ambiance, quality furnishings, noise-level, cleanliness? Or something else?

What is most important to you?

Also, for those companies and individuals that specialize in interior design / architecture / exterior signage – feel free to leave a constructive comment along with your contact information. Maybe this post can become a resource for those in Arizona who are looking for someone to help them design their coffee shop.

Coffee Plantation adds new location in Scottsdale

September 17, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

The Coffee Plantation has opened a new location in Scottsdale. They had their grand opening party on September 16th.

The new location is on the corner of Mountain View Rd. and Via Linda, in Scottsdale. They have a few photos up on Facebook.

This is the third location for the new owner of The Coffee Plantation. They have a store on Shea and Scottsdale as well as one on Frank Lloyd Wright.

Lux Central: My first visit and some camera phone photos

September 16, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

On my way to the office on Thursday morning I stopped at Lux to have a cappuccino and experience the new shop. Just about a month ago is when Lux moved from their old location a few feet away to the larger and more expansive building next door.

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My first impressions when entering was that the shop was amazingly detailed inside. It is apparent that a lot of attention and care has been invested into every corner of the store.

It’s unlike any other coffee shop I have ever visited.

My cappuccino was dry (the foam was airy), and that’s not how I like mine (To me, it seems like a waste of a perfect chance to make some frothy, creamy milk). But, I did enjoy a shot of espresso, thanks to ​Jeff Fischer, which was delicious.



September 14, 2011Posted by Chris Tingom

Reading this top 5 list… the comments were interesting. One commenter claims that Lux has the most “hipster” baristas, and thus to avoid it.

Which coffee shop has the most hipster baristas? And, do you avoid it for that reason? I also asked on Twitter.