Looking for Phoenix coffee shops to visit, I stumbled across an article on The Coffee Compass recommending three cafes I’d never heard of. Since then, I made it a point to visit all three. Kream Coffee was first on the list and the most convenient for me to visit when Mike and I took a recent work trip down into the Valley of the Sun.
Location. Kream is a bit of an afterthought cafe smushed into the corner of a super-fancy furniture store. Some call it a design shop, but make no mistake- you don’t want to touch anything inside For the People. Their furniture and even ornaments range from the hundreds to the tens of thousands of dollars. Yes, that’s a lot of money. No, it’s not Ikea.
Besides being close to costly furniture you don’t want to break (buy), the fact they’re inside a furniture shop means the lobby didn’t open until 10 am when we visited. They did, however, have a walk up window and a drive-thru window set up from 7am to 5pm. Parking wasn’t terrible when we visited, but I could see it getting a little harrier during the morning rush hour. Once we got inside, the layout was very simple, clean, and elegant. They even had a cactus on display.
Service. The baristas were anything but prickly like their cactus. They were incredibly funny, witty, and easy to talk coffee with. They took the time to tell us what made Kream unique- that they rotate coffees from all over the country. During our visit, they served Heart Coffee on both espresso and for sale in whole bean.
Coffee. the coffee was terrific. This was already our third cup of the day, so Mike an dI decided to both go with Gibraltars. Plus, it was the first cafe we visited that called a Cortado a Gilbraltar, so we just had to order it. Need a refresher on what those drinks are? No worries, read this article I wrote a little later. the espresso was flavorful and perfect. The little bit of latte art they splash don the top? Not so much. But they get a pass from me, because the barista had a great sense of humor about messing up, and she even offered to remake it. Nope. that’s okay. The service and coffee were wonderful, and the coffee tastes the same regardless if the ‘latte leaf’ is prefect or not.
Conclusion. We had a great time in Kream, even chatting about the Phoenix coffee scene with another patron inside. He seemed to know a great deal about coffee and also seemed to spend his days cruising from one cafe to another. Not a bad way to spend a Spring season in Phoenix.