Coffee. Just the word is music to our ears and gives us a warm feeling in our stomachs and our hearts. Hot, cold, cold brew, lattes, espresso, in smoothie form — we love it all. We know many of you feel the same way, so we've gathered up some of the best deals for National Coffee Day on September 29 and also some of our favorite coffee shops around town.
Several national coffee chains with locations in the Valley are celebrating the day with great deals. Barnes and Noble is offering a free cup of tall, freshly-brewed hot or iced coffee with the purchase of any item from their bake case at their cafés. Dunkin’ is rewarding customers with a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. Krispy Kreme will give all guests a free coffee with no purchase required, and if you are a rewards member, you can get a free doughnut to go along with the coffee. At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, get a free 16-ounce brewed coffee hot or ice when you purchase any food or bakery item for $2 or more. There's also 25 percent off the items on their website through September 30.
As far as some great local spots for a caffeine fix, check out Provision Coffee. It's a fun place to set up your laptop and grab a cup of joe, get a bite to eat or catch up with a friend. There's also a spacious and comfortable patio, perfect for social distancing. One standout is the Honey Lavender Latte made with espresso, raw local honey, vanilla, lavender and milk. Another customer favorite is the Southwest Sunrise, a mixture of nitro cold brew with simple syrup, mole bitters and an orange twist. Provision Coffee is located at 4501 N 32nd Street, Phoenix; 602.626.3866; www.provisioncoffeebar.com
Lux is the ultimate place to hang out and get your coffee on, from the original location in downtown Phoenix to the newest location in the Max Kierland building in Scottsdale (there's also a version up north in Flagstaff). Lux is known for its coffee, comfort food and plentiful bakery items, and it's a become a destination to both chill with pals and crank out work or homework assignments. Order the Velvet coffee or a Black and White topped with their house-made whipped cream. Lux has locations in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Scottsdale; www.luxcoffee.com
If you're looking for something on the healthier side but still full of that coffee flavor, check out D'Lite Healthy On The Go. Their drive-thru is quick, and the staff is always super friendly. Their signature d'Breakfast Buzz blended coffee drink is made from vitamins, chocolate whey protein, shots of espresso, nonfat milk and peanut butter. Seriously crave-able! Other great coffee items include the Dirty Chai Latte available hot or iced and the Nitro Toddy. D'Lite Healthy On The Go has locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe; www.dlitehealthyonthego.com
Press Coffee has its own roastery, so you know it must be the real deal. They also sell their beans online along with coffee subscriptions and during non-pandemic times offer "Coffee 101" educational sessions. Head to any of their locations for a great place to work or meet up with friends. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Shaker with cold brew organic agave and almond creamer is delicious and dairy-free. The Oat Milk Latte is also good if you're avoiding dairy or just want a milk alternative. Press Coffee has locations in Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe; www.presscoffee.com
Echo Coffee is a cozy little coffee shop where you'll feel right at home. The drinks are artfully crafted and pack big flavor. It's a cute spot for a midday date or a chance to read that book you've been putting off finishing. Try a Chai Latte or a Cappuccino, and make sure you save room for something from their pastry case. Echo Coffee is located at 2902 N 68th Street, Suite 135, Scottsdale; 480.422.4081; www.echocoffee.com