Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Perks (what I really like!)
- Free Wi-Fi
- Friendly baristas
- Spacious environment graced with art featuring musicians
- Comfy seating
- Quiet atmosphere
- All baked goods made in-house
- This quote from their marketing: “No business is perfect and we don’t want to be perfect! We just want to be a coffee shop that is always striving for excellence while maintaining a degree of uniqueness!”
Share a cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name)
Co-owners Sam Clark and Randy Denton formed the idea for Lo Fi in December 2010 when they discussed opening up a coffee cart inside of the “front room” of The Nile Theater, an all-age rock club in downtown Mesa, AZ. The coffee cart concept eventually evolved into a coffee shop and, thus, they turned a dark lonely storefront on Main St. into a coffee shop. They first flipped on the open sign on June 14, 2011.
“Lo Fi” Coffee comes from the term low fidelity. Low Fidelity is often a term related to vinyl records, describing the scratched and flawed sound one often associates with them. The idea is engrained in the coffee shop decor and environment.
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)
- Bagel sandwiches
- Nice loose tea assortment
- Specialty coffees made with hand-roasted beans from Randy’s Xanadu Coffee Co., located behind the Phoenix Farmers Market in downtown Phoenix, AZ. As its owner operator he has roasted coffee since approximately 2009.
The Grind (what I would change)
Nothin’! It may be called Lo Fi, but a more appropriate name might be “Hi Fi,” because this place certainly serves up a high fidelity experience.
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
- Start with its affiliation with the Nile Theatre. Cool.
- They offer extended hours.
- They host concerts for touring artists, as well as singer/songwriter nights for local and aspiring musicians. (Lo Fi Coffee allows only original music to play live on the premises.)
The Grounds (location)
105 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(SW corner of MacDonald and Main, inside the Nile Theatre)
Tea Times (hours)
M.–W. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Th.–Sa. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Su. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
4 stars from 25 reviews