Arcadia and Camelback Corridor have some amazing, locally owned coffee places!
The iconic Hava Java is one of the most awarded coffee houses in Arizona. I love this place! Have Java is as small town local as you’re ever going to find. This local legend serves some of the world’s best (literally) coffee in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. The baristas are experienced, service is superior, and the customers are loyal. The morning “brew crew” (Jake, Meghan, and Lance) remember you and your order by name! Their tagline is “chains are for bikes” (ha!). Owner “Mr Hava Java” (a.k.a. Justin Shafer) has created a gourmet coffee house that has a wonderful community feeling. And while I wanted to mostly focus on coffee shops, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t let you know the baked goods here are incredible (you’re welcome). For those with food allergies – Hava Java has gluten free pastries and soy milk.
Another stand out in local coffee culture is Carmel’s Breakfast House (you may remember Carmel’s from the Arcadia Sunday Brunch Spots blog). A little local trivia for you – Carmel’s owner Pat Flanigan was a weatherman on TV for many years before deciding he never wanted to wear a suit again and opened up Carmel’s (thank you, Pat!). Pat was kind enough to sit down with me and chat Carmel’s and all things Camelback Corridor – see the video here.
From its beginning, Carmel’s has been an Arcadia coffee favorite, with coffee purists enjoying locally roasted coffee (along with a full menu of breakfast food options). The atmosphere at Carmel’s is cool, inviting, cozy, and retro (though the VW permanently parked in front lets you know to expect the cool & retro part). All baristas go through Carmel’s training so you can always expect a perfect cup of joe. Tip: try their iced toddy (you’re welcome).
Black Cat Coffee House is another Arcadia/Camelback Corridor coffee house favorite. Don’t want to instigate competition, but they make a fantastic iced toddy as well (guess you’ll have to try both Carmel’s and Black Cat’s iced toddy to find your fave). Inside local art is displayed, and there is an indie, hip vibe. The food at Black Cat is as amazing as the coffee (seeing a trend here?). Friendly baristas can initiate coffee newbies and can also knowledgeably discuss specialty coffees with aficionados. For those of you with food allergies – there are non-dairy milks available (rice, almond, etc.).
Visitors to Arcadia’s Terra Java quickly convert to regulars. With a chef co-owner, it’s no surprise customers rave as much about the coffee as they do about the world-class cuisine. Their coffee is locally roasted, and the coffeehouse is very involved with the local community – including hosting a monthly Arcadia book club. Baristas are experienced and passionate – a Terra Java barista even took part in an international competition!
One of the things that really impresses me about many of our neighborhood businesses is that supporting the local community is such a large part of who they are and what they do. If you haven’t had a chance to grab a cup of coffee (and pastry or baked good) at any of the Arcadia and Camelback Corridor coffeehouses above, stop in and support these great local businesses!
Want to know more about why I love Camelback Corridor and Arcadia? Check out my video here.