While visiting Rim Country, I yelped best coffee in Payson and this little gem popped up. I pass through many times a year and didn’t recognize the name Common Grounds. I figured I give a local place a shot instead of going to the nearby Starbucks in town. It is a fairly new coffeehouse that neighbors nearby Expedition church (who actually started it). Common Grounds seeks to establish meaningful community in the Payson area. The coffeehouse is cozy and very welcoming. The bar is made of a beautiful dark wood and the décor consists of historical photos and a wall with a large painting of the Arizona flag. Outside is a nice shaded patio area with plenty of seating. On the menu, they have a nice selection of coffee, espresso drinks and tea. They also have pastries on hand and free wi-fi. We stopped in for a bit and really enjoyed our time here. The staff was friendly and our drinks were made just right. One of things I like about this place is that they donate their profits to local charities and organizations within the Payson area. They are all about giving back to the local neighborhood and I’m always a huge fan of businesses that invest in their surrounding community. I love that their cups say “neighborhood coffee house” on them. My only gripe was that we came on a Sunday afternoon and parking was very limited because of church going on. But overall this is a really nice addition to the Payson area.
In 2003, the first ever Joe Coffee opened on this iconic corner where Waverly Place meets Gay Street. A true neighborhood spot, Joe’s customers are a great mix of artists, photographers, writers, students, and tourists.
After my food tour, I was dying for a coffee and stumbled upon Joe Coffee. Joe Coffee Company was founded in the West Village in 2003 by Jonathan Rubinstein. He was looking to make high quality coffee and combining it with a unique space for community. They are now close to twenty locations and have a wholesale program. Joe’s quality protocols require cupping (tasting) hundreds of samples of coffee per year and working with importers and exporters. Joe works directly with the local farmers and maintains a good relationship with them. This location I went to is the original location. I got a regular coffee and really enjoyed the quality of it. What a good find!
I love hanging at 8th Day Coffee & Culture. It’s one of my favorite coffee shops in town. They have great art and great coffee. But what makes them so awesome is their baristas. I’ve gotten to know many of them personally and appreciate how welcoming they are. I had a short stint as a barista and know what it takes to take care of your customers. Shane, Bruce, Amber, Daniel, Juliana, Charith and Elijah – they are all amazing people and I’m thankful for having them in my life. You make my experience at 8th Day unique and rewarding.
Tonight I stopped in at a little coffee shop called Urban Beans. I’m just loving exploring downtown Phoenix and all these little restaurants and coffee shops that are tucked away in these old strip malls and warehouses. There are so many unique places with amazing food and drinks to check out. Plus majority of these places use locally grown products – so there is a sense of community around Phoenix with a sharing of products.
Urban Beans cooks up fresh breakfast and lunch everyday. They have a bar called Bar Urban that serves up locally and internationally crafted beers as well as wine. I got a Hot Mocha and a bag of beans tonight. I really enjoyed my conversation with my barista. For me, great customer service is just as important as the product. She is a student at Grand Canyon University and is studying to criminal justice. Being a toxicologist, we had a lot in common and it made for an enjoyable conversation. I enjoyed my time and my drink at Urban Beans and look forward to my next visit.