My friend over at the Girl from Arizona blog likes things that are good in life: travel, craft beer and, now, espresso. She’s fairly new to fine espresso, and a recent post of hers shows that she’s already tapped into some cool coffee happenings in Phoenix. Boogie over to her blog to read about the SW Latte Art Competition and Coffee Week. (Holy cow, did I just mix my beer and espresso metaphors?)
But stay here for something else coffee-related: I’ve found a relatively new to me coffeehouse called 32 Shea. It’s in a free-standing building on the NW corner of 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard in Phoenix. So far, I’ve been there twice. And I’ll have a hard time passing it by whenever I’m in the neighborhood.
What’s so good about it? Feast on this:
- Cappuccino. They serve it up at just the right temperature with a rich but compact layer of microfoam … aka a wet cap. That’s the way I like. No bitterness, just good steamed milk and espresso goodness. I still haven’t tried an americano yet, but that’s on my agenda.
- It’s open late. Like 10 p.m. most nights, and midnight on weekends.
- Craft brew! Local craft brew! There’s no room for taps, but 32 Shea has several fine local labels and a few regional offerings.
- The OMG. This is a sandwich of the gods, I tell you: prosciutto, mascarpone and fig spread. It’s spectacular, and I will need one on a fairly regular basis. It comes with potato chips, the only knock against it. I’d rather have some fruit or cottage cheese. I’ll eat potato chips if they’re in front of me, and therein lies the problem.
I haven’t tried dinner or dessert, but the lunch menu gives me confidence that both would be excellent. It’s also a very friendly place that’s good about remembering people. A nice personal touch. Drop in sometime … start with the cappuccino and an OMG.