When you think of cities with memorable coffee culture, you probably think of Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco… but not coffee shops in North Phoenix. You might be surprised to learn that Phoenix has its fair share of locally-owned coffee shops & roasteries that serve delicious, high-quality, craft coffee!
As a Phoenix native and former barista, I really care about supporting local coffee shops in my home state because I think they contribute so much to the community! My love for local coffee inspired me to write a three-part blog series about the best coffee shops in Phoenix, so you can support them, too.
For my first post (which would be the one you’re reading right now!), I’ll be sharing the best coffee shops in North Phoenix. The truth is, Downtown Phoenix & Scottsdale get all the credit when it comes to local coffee in Phoenix, but I’ve come to love the coffee shops in North Phoenix (my home!) that don’t always make the “Best of Phoenix Coffee” lists.
North Phoenix has truly upped its game with some great local coffee shops in the past few years, and it’s time for these awesome coffee shops in North Phoenix to get the credit they deserve! Here are my four favorite coffee shops in North Phoenix:
1. Elevate Coffee Co.
Location: 2530 W Happy Valley Rd. Suite #1273, Phoenix, AZ
My Favorite: Iced White Chocolate Americano or Chai Latte (with almond milk!)
Fun Fact: Elevate donates 10 cents from every latte purchase to Water 4 Kids International—an organization that builds freshwater wells in third-world countries.
Elevate Coffee Company is near and dear to my heart—it was my first job, and now, it’s my favorite local coffee shop! They have been serving locally roasted coffee & espresso to North Phoenix for over a decade, and they recently started selling their high-quality beans online. In my opinion, they have some of the best coffee beans in Phoenix, and they are one of the best coffee roasters in Phoenix!
Elevate also serves delicious all-day breakfast, sweet crepes, and savory crepes. They have more flavors and milk options than I can count, and they’ll genuinely make just about anything for you. Just ask your barista—they are the best!
My favorite thing about Elevate is its commitment to the community. There’s always something happening at Elevate—from live music nights to holiday events. It’s a comfortable spot that’s the perfect place to connect with others. It’s especially cozy around the holidays! They go all-out decorating for Christmas, and it’s so fun!
Elevate is a special place, and from the moment you step through the door, you can tell they are about more than just coffee. You’ll have to visit to experience it for yourself!
Pro Tip: Elevate is the perfect place to stop to grab a coffee before a day trip to Sedona. It’s right on the way up north!
2. Well Coffee Co.
Location: 27035 Black Rock Blvd. Peoria, AZ
My Favorite: Coconut Cold Brew (I was heartbroken to learn that this drink is seasonal—it’s that good!).
Fun Fact: Well Coffee sources its beans from Peixoto—a roastery located in Chandler, AZ, known for its high-quality Brazilian beans.
Well Coffee Co. has quickly become one of my favorite coffee shops in North Phoenix. Their coffee is delicious, and I’m not kidding you, their coconut cold brew is actually out of this world!
Well has an Espresso Bar, Speed Bar, and Slow Bar, so you can order any variation of coffee—from a pour-over to a nitro cold brew. They also make their syrups in-house, so you can enjoy delicious flavors like honey lavender, orange clove, vanilla, and caramel year-round, and fun seasonal flavors, too.
Well Coffee is welcoming and community-focused—the baristas and the owner are so friendly and personable. I love coming here to visit with a friend, and also to work on my laptop for hours at a time—it’s an excellent place for both!
3. Union Coffee Co.
Location: 6750 W. Thunderbird Rd. Suite B109, Peoria AZ
My Favorite: Cold Brew Latte
Fun Fact: Craving something extra sweet? Union Coffee serves affogatos (espresso & ice cream) and cold brew floats (cold brew & ice cream).
Union Coffee Co. has been one of my favorite coffee shops in North Phoenix since they opened. Out of all the coffee shops in this area, I’d say they are the most committed to the artistry of coffee—if you order a hot latte, expect some beautiful latte art! They also roast their beans in-house, and they source from companies that supply organic, quality coffee.
Union is also my favorite coffee shop in Phoenix to crank out work, and many students think it’s one of the best coffee shops in Phoenix to study. It’s minimalistic, quiet, and usually not too crowded. The slower pace in the shop makes it easier to focus!
I really like the cold brew latte—which is cold brew topped with milk and mixed with your choice flavor. If you’re looking for something refreshing and slightly less caffeinated, Union also serves some fantastic iced teas!
4. Driftwood Coffee Co.
Location: 8295 W. Jefferson St. Peoria, AZ
My Favorite: Honey Lavender Latte (with oat milk!)
Fun Fact: Driftwood recently opened another location, Reap & Sow Coffee and Bar, in Downtown Phoenix! They serve specialty coffee—and cocktails!
After a few of my friends told me Driftwood Coffee was one of their favorite coffee shops in North Phoenix, I decided to give it a try—and I am so glad I did!
Driftwood is community-centered—and not just around its own community in Peoria. They love supporting other local coffee shops, which is why they always offer coffee from a local Arizona roaster and a local roaster from somewhere else around the U.S.!
They have a speed bar, slow bar, and an espresso bar, as well as some light snacks and pastries to munch on. Driftwood has a seasonal menu with rotating flavors like cookie butter (yum!), but they always keep honey lavender on the menu, and it makes sense why. It isn’t easy to make a honey lavender latte not too, well, lavender-y, but Driftwood does it so well!
Plus, Driftwood has a dog-friendly patio that includes a walk-up order window, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your pup outside while you wait for your drinks.
Grab a Drink at The Best Coffee Shops in North Phoenix
In my opinion, there’s no denying these are the best four coffee shops in North Phoenix!
Even though Downtown Phoenix may have more local coffee spots to choose from, North Phoenix definitely has its share of high-quality coffee shops that make for the perfect place to meet up with friends, get work done, or just grab a refreshing coffee to go!
Stay tuned for my favorite local coffee shops in Downtown Phoenix & Scottsdale!
Have you tried any of these coffee shops in North Phoenix? If so, which one is your favorite?
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That coconut cold brew sounds amazing! Always good to know where to grab a solid cup of coffee!
It’s absolutely incredible, Daphna! Thanks for stopping by and reading this post! 🙂
The coconut cold brew sounds like my kind of coffee!
It’s seriously so delicious! I can’t wait until it’s back this summer!
Nothing like a good coffee shop and you found four good ones.I had my first affogato in Arizona. It was delightful.
Thank you, Karen! Affogatos are delicious… we AZ people need some way to cool off our coffee in the desert heat 😉 Thank you for reading!
This sounds fantastic. I’m not in Phoenix too often (more Scottsdale) but next time I’m there, I’ll book mark this for reference. Thanks!
Yay! Thanks for reading, Jamie. I’ll be posting a blog about the best coffee shops in Scottsdale soon, too!
Love this guide!! I try to support local coffee shops as much as I can where I live and when I travel. These all look tasty!
Thank you, Hannah! I hope you have the chance to visit some of these shops one day! 🙂
These places all look great! Definitely saving these for the next time I’m visiting family in Phoenix!
Thank you, Jennifer! I can’t wait for you to give some of these spots a try! 🙂
Ooh I want to try the Honey Lavender Latte at Driftwood! Great guide, I love finding coffee shops when I travel!
It’s so yummy, Krista! Thank you for reading 🙂
These all look like great coffee shops to go to in Phoenix. Especially if the weather is a bit cooler!
Yes, sitting outside in the spring & fall is the best! Thanks for reading, Krista!
Union coffee with it’s affagots sounds like a DREAM! We love that these are all local shops as we love to support small businesses when we are traveling. As avid coffee drinkers, our tastebuds thank you!!
They are seriously delicious! I hope you get the chance to visit some of these shops, Sophia! I’m so glad to hear you shop local when you travel, we do too!
What cute coffee shops! I love the fun facts, and that coconut cold brew sounds amazing.
It’s seriously incredible! And yes, they are all amazing! 🙂 Thanks for reading!
This is so useful, my father lives in North Phoenix area and has only instant coffee in his house. When we visit we are always looking for a good cup of coffee.
Yay, I’m so glad it’s helpful, Rhonda! I hope you get to explore some of these coffee shops the next time you’re in Phoenix!
Forever loving finding cute coffee shops! We always look them up when we’re in town even if we’re not big coffee drinkers!
I’m so glad you love checking out local coffee shops! I hope you get the chance to visit some of these in Phoenix one day! 🙂
I can never turn down a good coffee especially if it supports the local community. Thank you for sharing your favourite ones too it’s great to try a new flavour like the honey lavender latte!
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