Greater Phoenix is awash in new-age coffee. With so many big names putting out a solid product these days, some of the little guys fly under the radar. And some of the little guys are more talented than the bigger coffee shops. Like the small-but-sterling Carefree Coffee Roastery.
At this tiny roastery in Carefree, regulars trickle in for blueberry-yogurt cake and iced latte. They sit outside on a wraparound patio with a mural sliver and cornhole set, reading the paper, typing on laptops, taking in a mountain view. Owner Lars Hesse greets many by name.