Colors of Cartel

Colors of Cartel

Ever wonder what the colors of the rubber bands mean on our coffee bags? They aren’t arbitrary. In fact, we use the same colors online for the coffee badges on our website. The intention is to help our customers understand what to expect and how to buy our coffee. 

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Bite features Cartel in editorial piece "The New Grind"

Bite features Cartel in editorial piece "The New Grind"

We began as a small coffee shop and roastery on the corner of Ash Ave. in Tempe, AZ. Over these past seven years, we've grown to six stores statewide – four in Phoenix, two in Tucson. During that time, we've also witnessed the speciality coffee scene in Arizona grow and cultivate with us.

Needless to say, its been an exciting almost-decade for us and the community.

As Shelby Moore puts it:

All this to say there’s much more to come, I’m sure of it. While many coffee professionals who founded Phoenix’s scene have moved away, many remain to chronicle its roots. Eager new, young coffee professionals are being trained by the day. They’re excited about coffee here, more than ever, and you should be, too

Read the rest of Shelby's article in Bite magazine entitled "The New Grind, a feature on the ever-growing speciality-coffee scene in Arizona.

 

Brewing at home – what brewing method should I use?

Brewing at home – what brewing method should I use?

There are countless ways to brew the coffee you love at home. Each brewing method will bring out different qualities and nuances of a respective bean. We've listed a few of the methods that we use here at Cartel, along with specific recipes below.

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Great coffee for your friends and family: introducing Cartel gift cards

Great coffee for your friends and family: introducing Cartel gift cards

This month, we're excited to introduce all-new and improved gift cards to our customers. These things are swipe-able, trackable, refillable, and most importantly – gift-able. They're the size and thickness of any other card you currently carry in your wallet and boast a beautiful new design on the front.

Gift cards start at $10 and can be purchased in any greater increment at any of our six Arizona locations. We're also now accepting the cards at all of our locations as well.*

What happens to my old Cartel paper gift cards?

We're still accepting those through the end of 2015. Make sure to swing by our stores and use 'em up before then!

What if I'm giving a gift card to someone new to coffee?

Cartel baristas are here to help. We encourage you to point your giftee to one of our locations and talk with a barista one-on-one. You can also point them to our Resources and Blog sections of our website for more in-depth knowledge.

*Please note: Cartel gift cards are not redeemable online.

What's up with cupping

What's up with cupping

Maybe you’ve heard about a coffee tasting ritual called ‘cupping’. If you haven’t, it’s the traditional way that coffees are scrutinized side-by-side when buying decisions are made. Though an impressive display, cupping is fraught with limitations making it less than ideal as a universal tool for ongoing quality control. Still, there is absolutely a time and place for tasting coffees in this manner.

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We're closing early for July 4th celebrations

We're closing early for July 4th celebrations

It's that time of year again for fireworks, celebrations, and growlers on growlers of (Cartel) beer.* We'll be closing down our espresso machines and coffee bars a bit early so we can partake in the celebrations, too.

Our stores will be closing at the following times:

Broadway Blvd. / Sky Harbor / 5th Ave.: 6 PM

Ash Ave. / Campbell: 8 PM

1st. St.: Closed all day

Ring that freedom toddy in and enjoy your night. We'll see you on the flip side.

*Drink responsibly. 

Navigating a speciality coffee shop

Navigating a speciality coffee shop

Summer has set in and many of us either travel or have more time to spend indoors.  When it comes to coffee, many of us in the industry have a good idea of where to look, what to look for, and what questions to ask. Although, for most people, specialty shops can be confusing, overwhelming or strange. This is not to say they aren’t that way, but here are some tips for how to navigate specialty coffee shops.

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Roasting for fidelity

Roasting for fidelity

My dad was a broadcast engineer for 40 years. Today, his workshop looks exactly the same as it always has. There are homemade oscillators plugged into cathode ray scopes, various tube type radios stacked in columns, and tiny electronic components littering every square inch of desk space. He may be retired, but he is still building and researching with the same passion that got him started in radio as a teenager.

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Cartel introduces two new Guatemalan coffees

Cartel introduces two new Guatemalan coffees

Coming this week to our cafés and our online store are two new Guatemalan coffees – Culpan and Maravilla. 

Culpan is a #carteldirectsource coffee and a truly romantic Guatemalan coffee estate. Situated north of Lake Atitlan, in the foothills of the Santiaguito volcano, it has been meticulously run by the celebrated Toledo family for 5 generations.

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Cartel 'makes their assist' to The Steve Nash Foundation

Cartel 'makes their assist' to The Steve Nash Foundation

We're big fans of the work Steve Nash and his foundation – The Steve Nash Foundation – do to assist underserved children in their health, personal development, education, and enjoyment of life. 

The Foundation supports existing organizations with funding and technical assistance, and thoughtfully addresses global and local challenges by innovating in and collaborating on critical areas of inquiry.

Now, we're making our assist to help support the efforts of The Steve Nash Foundation. Through the end of July, we're donating $2 for every bag of coffee you purchase from our online store. Just make sure to use coupon code ASSIST at checkout.

We're excited to do our part in helping, and we hope you will too.