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Cartel Coffee Lab

225 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3652
+1 480-225-3899
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“beans” (4 reviews)
“great coffee” (6 reviews)
“cold brew” (3 reviews)
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225 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3652
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1 - 10 of 41 reviews

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

I tried their rotating cold brew and enjoyed it. They try to get one to add things to coffee oneself which can either be good or bad. Are they doing it to cut down on man hours or because they know that coffee drinkers can...More

Thank Bkbak
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Cold brew was good, but a little bitter. I expected something a little more smooth, since they do everything there. Starbucks and other coffee places are more welcoming than this. I may visit again.

Thank sweetp623
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This place is a must if you are in town, great vibes and the smell of coffee is so good it hits you when you enter the place. I really like the very good quality of everything in the menu and the layout is very...More

Thank Karla R
Reviewed 26 May 2017

First off, this place is hard to find if you're using the internet (maps, etc) to do so. Address says "University Drive," yet the storefront is about half a block up along one of University's cross streets. I wandered around lost for a good fifteen...More

Thank Numikins
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Looked for the best coffee in Phoenix, and was directed to this place in Tempe near ASU. The place is huge, metal rock and smooth jazz weave a grounding atmosphere in this large, rough-and-ready industrial interior. The smell of coffee is present, but somewhat out...More

Thank Lanphere
Reviewed 9 March 2017

That coffee company that has a store on every corner needs to sit up and take note that you can roast your beans to full-bodied perfection without getting that burned flavor! This coffee is so rich and deep, I actually crave it, and I have...More

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Cartel brews some of the best coffee I ever tasted. Have several locations around Phoenix....also in C wing at Sky Harbor airport. Friendly staff,very knowledgeable about the coffees.

Thank H0wardL713
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Good coffee, with a university vibe. If you are not a student or feverishly typing on a computer the place can be a bit off putting. It's what you'd expect given the location and area, so you can't fault them for that. Check it out.

Thank Ethan H
Reviewed 12 November 2016

My first visit here was much too quick. I had been given a free drink card. I entered the wrong door and was caught off guard as I couldn't figure out the lay of the land. I was directed to the register and ordered. I...More

Thank Bkbak
Reviewed 1 August 2016

One of the neatest coffee shops I've ever been in. Great ambiance and the smell of great coffee hits you before you even walk through the door. Great variety and great service.

Thank SmokiesJunkie
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3652
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-225-3899
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