Yellow Leaf is a coffee drive thru in Prescott Valley, AZ with dual drive up bays- one on each side. They also happen to be our go-to coffee shop when we need something that’s consistently good. The consistently has slipped up a few times and the product didn’t quite deliver the wow experience. But like any good relationship, there’s a little give and take. When something’s bad, you don’t just bail. The good has been so good for so long, that when there’s a slip up, you weather the storm and hand in there at least a few more tries to see of it gets better. That’s Lemon Leaf for us.
The Service. Like most coffee stands that focus on high volume, Lemon Leaf struggles with barista turnover. But I have never been treated rudely here. I’ve had “meh” service a time or two, and I’ve had a “meh” attitude a time or two as well. Also, there are times when the lines don’t move quickly at all, and times when you’re just ignored on on side of the kiosk. But I don’t hold it against them. We’ve been through too much together.
Lemon Leaf is also where I’ve seen true customer service masters at work. Real engagement. Real caring. The kind of stuff you can’t fake. They have it here. and more often than not, they do it extremely well.
The Coffee. The espresso based drinks with milk, like lattes and mochas, are better than their americanos. And I’ve never had a straight shot of espresso. But I can tell you it’s not single origin or a really excellent blend. It’s solid second wave, so let’s not make it something it’s not. Mike and I both really enjoy getting their Mocha Biancas (white chocolate mochas) with an extra shot of espresso. The drink needs it to taste a bit more like coffee, and it rounds it out nicely. They also have some fruit smoothies- the menu is straight out of the Alex Fisenko Espresso Business handbook. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was involved when this shop first got its start.
The Conclusion. If you’re looking for coffee in Prescott Valley- this is the shop. Nowhere else really even comes close. there are slim pickings out here in this town of 40,000 that sits 90 miles north of Phoenix. If you drive a few more miles into Prescott, you have more options. But in PV, this is where you want to go to spend your coffee dough.