As a vibrant and bustling college town, Tucson comprises a large population of highly-caffeinated individuals. There are Starbucks locations on almost every corner; however, we also boast a diverse selection of independent coffee houses that stay true to Tucson charm. Whether you’re looking for a place to settle in for a few hours or to stop by for a cup to go, here’s a list of five of the best locally-owned coffee shops in Tucson.
Presta began as Stella Java coffee cart in 2012 served in the lobby of St. Mary’s Hospital. Now, in 2017, the business has flourished with coffee houses in two locations. The first expansion was in the quaint Mercado San Agustin and the second is housed in a beautiful, modern industrial building on 1st Ave. Both locations offer an atmosphere filled with natural light and a sleek, minimalist interior design. It’s a great place to park yourself for the day and make your work a bit more enjoyable.
Savaya Coffee Market opened their doors for the first time in 2009; however, the coffee brewing tradition has been an art in owner Burc Maruflu’s family since 1551. Aside from rich heritage and an international selection of beans, Savaya also offers a community. The successful Tucson start-up plans events such as nature walks for their loyal followers, coloring contests, and offers classes in all things coffee: roasting, brewing, tasting, and more. Visit Savaya for an unparalleled experience that will inspire you to become a coffee connoisseur yourself.
Exo Roast Co. is a family-owned business in the downtown Tucson Warehouse Arts District. Exo also brews their own unique international variety of coffee beans and has recently expanded their menu to include select breakfast items and locally-baked pastries. Exo sets itself apart from other Tucson coffee houses with their venture entitled The Southern Arizona Work Space. In a back room attached to the main shop, they will offer live music, lecture series, and group classes and workshops with the aim of making further education more accessible and initiating dialogue among community members. Visit Exo and you’ll undoubtedly leave inspired.
Since 1998, Raging Sage has been a staple in the Tucson community. Visitors can sip their award-winning coffee inside the inviting shop or on the airy outdoor patio, where they also frequently host live musical performances. The Raging Sage was founded with a focus on sustainability and community involvement. This well-rounded business approach coupled with commitment to wholesome quality has secured many local awards as well as a loyal following of long-time customers.
Located a bit off the beaten path on Broadway Blvd, Crave Coffee Bar offers some of the most instagrammable drinks in Tucson. Crave also has a variety of natural syrups for unique flavors such as amaretto, elderflower, frosted mint, and pomegranate. The art deco-inspired coffee shop was founded in 2011 with the mission to provide Tucson residents a warm, welcome atmosphere to collaborate, inspire, and get together. In addition to their wide variety of coffee drinks, the coveted house-made pastries are delightful.