By Rebecca Ordonez
OK, so I don’t have my Masters in Coffee Taste Testing. But, I surly can appreciate something that is fresh and full of flavor.
However, I am not just talking about coffee. Needless to say you must have the perfect atmosphere to sip that perfect cup of espresso without burning your tongue.
So where does one go to find such a place? Well, of course they could probably take a trip to the nearest Starbucks or maybe even take a shot at the Coffee Plantation, but sometimes it is better to take a chance on something different.
Well, that is just what this college girl did on Friday night. I took a chance on something different, let me explain…
One day while driving through downtown Phoenix a very quaint and contemporary building caught my eye. Now, that day I just drove by without stopping, but I felt obligated by my journalistic tendencies to turn around and put my investigative skills to work. It just happens I turned around a week later.
This quaint and contemporary building turned out to be full of surprises. The building itself was home to luxury style apartments and an elegant restaurant named Portland’s. But the jewel that caught my eye was Speeder & Earl’s Coffee.
Located on Roosevelt and Central in Post Roosevelt Square, this jewel made the night very rich.
After walking in I took one glance and knew my Friday night was not going to be boring after all. The place was artists’ dream. Not only was there vibrant art work on the walls, ceramic treasures, homemade candles, but also some very unique jewelry as well.
Let me see my friend and I arrived at about 8 in the evening and the place was not very busy. However, the relaxed and artsy atmosphere made up for it. Plus, I could feel my head bobbing to the R&B music playing in the background.
My friend and I agreed that all the espresso drinks and coffee freezers seemed absolutely wonderful. However, you can only drink so much coffee at night without having trouble falling asleep…
So, finally we decided on the Nutty Professor (Espresso, chocolate, and hazelnut.) and a Cascade (Espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and mint.), which by the way were both classified as coffee freezers. And let me just add that we were not disappointed at all.
The Nutty Professor was just right. The hazelnut was very subtle and the chocolate was not too rich. Now, the Cascade reminded me of mint chocolate ice cream. Oh and by the way mint chocolate chip is my favorite kind!
Not only were our tummies satisfied but so our wallets were as well. Both of us were able to enjoy at least 16ozs. of espresso for under $4. As we sipped our drinks we were able to choose from a variety of card games also know as brainteasers.
However, if the bean thing is not your style then there is hope for you yet. Speeder & Earl’s also offers smoothies, gourmet tea, and other non-caffeinated drinks such as hot cocoa and Italian soda. Plus, all of these drinks will not leave your wallet completely empty.
Another nice feature about the place was that they offered an array of fine pastries. And if you stop by during the lunch hour you can order a chicken or tuna salad sandwich with pasta, fruit and a pickle for only $4.95.
However, “the coolest thing to order is the Vanilla Carmel Latte”, said Jelani Falkner an employee of Speeder and Earl’s Coffee since it’s opening back in November of 2001. This drink also happens to be the favorite of most of the employees who currently work for the coffee shop.
Jelani Falkner also made it known that the shop is most busy during 7 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. “We are also very busy on days that various sporting events take place. And I am sure we will be even busier with the opening of the new Dodge Theater.”
He also noted that the shop is involved in a program called Artlink First Fridays. The program is a self-guided tour of galleries, studios, and art spaces located in downtown Phoenix.
So, basically people participate in an art walk on the 1st Friday of each month. The Artlink website known as www.artlinkphoenix.com stated that “Artlink is dedicated to bringing together artists, the public, and businesses for a greater understanding, appreciation, and promotion of the arts and the development of a strong and vital downtown Phoenix arts community.”
Mr. Falkner also mentioned that the shop sees quite an array of people. “Of course you have your artsy crowd, but we also see a lot of young casual business people and of course your average sports fan.”
Well, overall the service was wonderful! On numerous occasions we were asked if we needed anything and if we were getting along nicely, however everything was fine and we were perfectly content. I definitely think that Speeder and Earl’s Coffee sticks to its philosophy.
“True gourmet coffee preparation is our art. We create this art by blending individual passion, a vast knowledge of coffees, and the roasters’ and barristas tools into a workplace environment of fun-loving camaraderie.”
Speeder & Earl’s, www.speederandearls.com also stated “if we stick to our ideal and maintain our philosophy, then the set of standards we apply always emerge as an obvious choice based on very simple needs. Satisfying the needs of others is then inevitable.”
Well, I would recommend this place to anyone. The atmosphere is great, the coffee is flavorful, the customer service is helpful, and the high standards are reached.
So, check it out for yourself because there truly is “an adventure in every cup.” The hours are as followed: Mon-Fri 5:30a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sat- 6:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., and Sun 7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. However, if you have any questions give them a call at (602)595-6006.