Share a cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name)
Owner Patrick Flanigan named Carmel’s for his mother, who was quite a character, and “would have loved this place.” He said he used to haunt another Phoenix coffee shop every morning before work as a TV weatherman and media salesman, studied coffee roasting, and always wanted to own a coffee shop. Three years ago, in 2011, his dream came true when the current location — a cozy, urban vintage 1940s house –became Carmel’s home.
Perks (what I really like!)
- Homespun, comfortable atmosphere, conducive to conversation
- Friendly, knowledgeable baristas
- Patio seating
- Free wi-fi
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)
- Chef Miguel Pliego serves up delectable breakfast fare and sandwiches all day, plus his homemade breads and freshly baked croissants
- Well-trained baristas brew up a wide range of coffee drinks, with a beautiful presentation
- Good loose tea selection
- Fresh-squeezed orange juice
The Grind (what I would change)
Actually, I loved everything about this friendly place, even the unique art used to identify the stair steps.
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
Carmel’s specializes as a venue where people actually talk with one another. Here, conversations range from arts and humanities to sports and family…the gambit of life experiences. Yes, you may access a free wi-fi connection, but your fellow patrons typically aren’t staring at computer screens, they’re building relationships.
The Grounds (location)
4225 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019
Tea Times (hours)
M–Su. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yelp rating: 4 Stars (70 reviews)