A reader named Ryan emailed me and reminded me that I had not visited Tempe recently. Saying I needed to try the South Tempe coffee shop circuit.

Tempe is home to about 12 independent coffee houses. The three I visited today were Steve’s Espresso, Bunna Coffee, and Solo Cafe. Each are within a few miles of each other. There are others really close to here, but three is enough for one day.

I captured photos at each, and sampled lattes, mochas, macchiatos, and iced coffees.

As I went, I reported my findings on Twitter. I’ll have a full report up soon about each place.

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  1. Thomas Reynolds

    I love Gold Bar Espresso and Seattle Espresso… both in Tempe. I live in North Scottsdale and I still drive down there once a week, just for coffee.

  2. Michael T

    So Chris, did you do the taste-and-spit, or are you just immune to caffeine? Either way, I’m looking forward to the reviews.

    I’ve been to Bunna – they have some great karma going on there with fair-trade and, I think, rainforest friendly coffee.

  3. Michael, I am immune to caffeine. I can drink tons of it right before falling asleep. I’m sure someday that will all change though and hit me like a load of bricks.

  4. Today while playing chess I had the opportunity to meet an Arizona Coffee reader named John!

    He’s from down in Tempe and said he had read the site for awhile. Thanks John!

  5. Jaime

    Just enjoyed my first visit to the Solo Cafe and loved it. I had a Cafe Mocha (sugar free syrup and 2% milk) in a glass; very tasty. Great atmosphere and very friendly service. I live in East Mesa, but will be back.