Road Trip Coffee in the Dessert
I had to pick my car up from California. I left it in storage for 6 months while I moved back home to North Carolina. So, I flew back to California, and mapped my cross country drive back home. One of my stops was Scottsdale, AZ. Whenever I take a road trip, I always start my drive before the sun rises, and end my drive before 4pm. That way I feel a little safer as a woman driving around a new city trying to find my hotel before dark and rush hour.
This lovely place had to have some great coffee somewhere, right? With that question in mind, I wanted to find a place that could start my drive with the right energy for my morning drive. After researching several places, I decided to try Hava Java, in Phoenix slightly outside of Scottsdale. What sold me on trying Hava Java were the customer reviews. Everyone loved their coffees, but raved even more about their customer service, which made my decision a no brainer. A cafe or coffee shop can have great coffee, which I desire, or awe-inspiring interior decor, but if the staff is not warm and inviting, I can't savor the full experience.
Hava Java opened at 5:30am, and I arrived slightly after they opened, and to my surprise, a few locals were already sitting at the little cafe tables having their morning cup of glory. Being reviewed as the best coffee shop in Arizona, because of the coffee selection and also its great customer service, I had a feeling I that was going to have a good experience. I DID!
The coffee was strong, the banana nut bread tasted homemade like my moms, and the service was excellent. At 5;45am, the staff was delightful. Most people are not even awake at that hour, and if they are, they are not the most enjoyable to be around. Hava Java was what I desperately needed for my 6 hour road trip to El Paso, Texas.
There is no greater experience than driving on I-10E watching the Arizona sunrise, with a great cup of coffee in one hand, and caressing the steering wheel in the other. Sunrises are Better With a Cup of Coffee!
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In the Biltmore Plaza Shopping Center
3166 E. Camalback Rd.
Pheonix, AZ 85016