Phoenix is running on caffeine. No longer do people flock to big-name chains for their bitter espresso and watered down drinks, local coffeehouses across the Valley are attracting a following of their own. The unplugged java joints have morphed into low-key, comfortable hang-outs serving up more than a standard cup of Joe.
Shine Coffee is one of these hip artisanal shops. Once known for being a popular food truck, owners Laryn and Christian Blok, decided to open a quaint spot in Phoenix’s historic Willo District. Aside from cravingly smooth brew, the hidden gem offers watermelon mint iced tea, cardamom lattes and delectable pastries. The overall vibe combines creativity with ambience in a pretension-free environment.
The urban oasis is filled with vintage furniture and walls adorned with work by local artists. In fact, Shine is practically a federation of cool spaces–a “Living Room,” outdoor seating and a “pocket park” are only some of the highlights the airy neighborhood shop offers. While the decidedly eclectic coffeehouse offers a cool place to unwind and get a caffeine fix, it is also bringing a sense of community to downtown Phoenix.