This is the season to know exactly where to find that perfect cup of hot coffee, especially when you are out exploring the cooler towns of northern Arizona. Have no fear, your local guide book is here with a list of must-see cafes as well as some unexpected nooks and crannies that are sure to satisfy your craving for a cozy cup just the way you like it.
1. The Mine Cafe, Jerome
For the early-risers in Jerome, The Mine Cafe opens at 7 a.m. Proudly serving coffee roasted in Sedona, the menu includes espresso drinks, coffee, tea, pastries, full breakfast plates, scrambles, hotcakes and muffins. They serve a full lunch menu as well. - MORE
2. The Flatiron Cafe, Jerome
Located in an historic flatiron building and one of the longest running businesses in the community, this cozy spot offers delicious espresso drinks, breakfast, lunch, and a soup dinner night on Fridays starting around 6.
3. Caduceus Cellars, Jerome
Yes, even the Caduceus tasting room serves espresso starting at 8 a.m. Stop by early for espresso drinks and small plate breakfast items like house-made empanadas: sweet or savory - such as egg & chorizo or Jerome orchard fruit. No need to leave, stick around for wine which is poured starting at 11am. - MORE
4. Old Town Cafe, Cottonwood
A jump start to Old Town's revitalization some years ago, this quaint European style coffee shop is famous for their fresh baked buttery almond croissants among other delectable french pastries and desserts. Lunch includes huge salads, panini's, soups and sandwiches.
5. Old town Red Rooster Cafe, Cottonwood
This local favorite cafe and restaurant serves fresh hot drip coffee in ceramic mugs which pairs well with their full breakfast and brunch menu, including egg sandwiches, daily special fritatta, and hotcakes. Homemade desserts like carrot cake and brownies go well with their full espresso bar selections or flavored lattes. - MORE
6. Crema Cafe, Cottonwood
The newest addition to Main Street, Crema's full espresso bar, lattes or drip coffee can be ordered at a walk up window to go, from tables inside or on an outdoor patio. Serving full breakfasts with several choices of benedict, or pumpkin pancakes. You might also pair it with locally made brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls or other baked goods.
7. Farside Bistro, Cottonwood
A hidden treasure, this Persian restaurant has both authentic Turkish coffee and french press available with a full Mediterranean meal or fresh pita and flavorful dips. Their desserts can't be found anywhere else in northern Arizona. - MORE
8. The Mon Bean, Cottonwood
9. Pizzeria Bocce, Cottonwood
A great stop for a variety of tasty bites and libations, but if you are in need of a late afternoon or evening caffeine kick, Bocce will be the only espresso bar open right in Old Town. Perfect indoor or patio seating for a break, snack or energy boost. Real Italian espresso and cappuccino's using organic beans. The pizza is pretty killer too. - MORE
10. THANKS A LATTE, CAMP VERDE
Just a hop, skip, and a jump off the I-17 freeway, Thanks A Latte serves single origin coffee blends roasted onsite. They also make candied Macadamia nuts, peanuts and locally sourced pecans and homemade baked goods, balsamic vinaigrette dressing and croutons.
11. JERONA CAFE, COTTONWOOD
A fast, delicious Cafe style experience located in the heart of the Cottonwood community. Open from 7am-5pm, their breakfast and lunch options are best accompanied by a specialty coffee or smoothie. Their space on Mingus Ave includes a large meeting room to suit any meeting or catering occasion. - MORE
Old Town Mug Company
You can't enjoy a perfect cup of coffee without the perfect coffee mug. Old Town Mug Company has a large selection of creatively designed and custom etched mugs right out of their Cottonwood based warehouse. Swing by their workshop for a quick tour and to hand pick your own favorite mug. Old Town Mug Company also takes orders for etched dish and glassware for other celebration events, weddings or corporate awards.