Cartel Coffee Lab

Overall Rating: 8.100

Address: 7124 E 5th Ave.
Cross Street(s): N Craftsman Ct.
City, State ZIP: Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Neighborhood: Old Town
Phone: 480.779.7652
Hours: Su-Th 7am-9pm; 7am-10pm F-Sa
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Cartel Coffee Lab
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 12/16/2014
First Reviewed: 12/16/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This location of the Cartel Coffee Lab chain is nestled in Old Town Scottsdale, replacing the Sola Coffee that once stood here. It's a relatively modest space with exposed wooden panels and fans on the ceiling, a number of exposed supporting posts, and an open art-gallery like space. Outside there's a sidewalk bench. Inside there is stool seating along the street windows in front and some long, cushioned seating along internal glass walls with small café tables designed like small, squat sections of tree stumps. The few real tables inside are the size of picnic benches with various red and white colored metal chairs about. It's a little too conducive for laptop zombies. Off to one side they serve multiple microbrews on tap along with wines. To the back is their coffee service bar. It covers brewing using anything from Aeropress, V60, Clever, and Chemex, and they offer drinks in 8oz, 12oz, 16oz, and 20oz sizes. Part of their bar surface is covered with these devices in a sort of Noah's Ark 2x2 formation. A wall of mounted crates offers their merchandise, from roasted coffee to any of their various brewing methods. Using a two-group La Marzocco Strada behind the bar, they pull shots with an even, medium brown crema that's a little light on thickness. It has a sharp acidity with a flavor of citris and some cedar, though it seems a little light on body and lacks much of any rich, body-forward flavor notes. Served in a shotglass with water on the side.