Caramel macchiato half-caf blended Frappuccino be damned. When you need a plain old cup of coffee in Tucson, where do you go? Joe, Java, Black Poison, Mother's Little Helper, Devil Brew -- no matter what you call it, a steaming cup of the stuff can be as comforting and necessary as anything.
A little while back, we asked our Facebook fans to weigh in on their fave cup of drip coffee in Tucson. Here are the results along with our own recommendations:
2458 N. Campbell Ave/ Mon-Thurs 6:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-10:30pm, Sunday 7am-7pm
Raging Sage has won nearly every top coffee prize in Tucson since it's inception in 1998, including best cafe, best espresso, and best blend! Each small batch is individually roasted and taste-tested by the Raging Sage Roastmaster, Shelby.
403 North 6th Avenue / Daily 7am-6pm
Serious coffee for serious coffee lovers. Sure they have incredible mesquite and chiltepin coffee drinks, but Exo also serves a damn good drip coffee. They've developed a specific roast profile for each coffee in order to bring out the finest aspects of its character. Batches are manually roasted on-site (yes you can watch and smell the magic happening) in a cast iron, gas-fired, vintage German roaster (say that 5 times real fast). Coffees are served at their optimal roast date to insure peak flavor profile experience, with no beans that are more than two weeks old.
Mercado San Agustin, 100 South Avenida del Convento / Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 7am-5pm, Thurs 7am-5pm, Sun 7am-3pm
Stella Java is one of the prettiest coffee shops in Tucson and in August they'll start roasting their very own beans. Situated in the beautiful plaza of Mercado San Agustin (now a streetcar stop), they currently feature the freshest beans from local Exo Roast Co.
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Got another fave? Let us know in the comments.