The longstanding Tempe-based coffee purveyor, Cartel Coffee Lab, known for sourcing and roasting some of the best coffee from around the world is launching two new locations.
The location on the northeast intersection of Tatum and Shea celebrated their grand opening on December 20. This 1,200 square foot location features a state of the art La Marzocco Linea PB espresso machine, draft cold brew, and Chemex pour overs of rotating single origin coffees.
As a part of their continuing partnership with boutique hospitality brand ARRIVE Hotels, Cartel will be opening inside ARRIVE’s upcoming hotel at Fourth Avenue and Camelback in Uptown Phoenix in 2020. This will be the third in a series of successful cafe/hotel partnerships after locations in Palm Springs and Austin.
“We’ve always been cautious when it comes to choosing locations or partners; both of these new cafes represent a lot of consideration and these are two communities we are excited to grow with,” said Jason Silberschlag, owner and co-founder of Cartel.
Husband and wife Jason and Amy Silberschlag began Cartel 12 years ago with a mobile cart, which will now have expanded into 10 retail locations across three states supported by their two Arizona roasteries in Tempe and Tucson. “From day one, it’s been about neighborhood cafe culture first and foremost,” said Amy Silberschlag. “We can’t wait to make new friends in North Phoenix!”
It isn’t just the Silberschlags who are excited. “I’m personally thrilled that they’ll be just across the street from me,” says Woo Jonathon, General Manager of neighboring restaurant The Covenant. “I’m always up for more local business in Paradise Valley.”
The name Cartel Coffee Lab was inspired by oil cartels; instead of stifling competition, Cartel has an ambitious goal to band together like-minded coffee producers and professionals to drive customer appreciation for hard work and quality.
To date, Cartel partners with 110 rotating coffee farms spread across the globe who are guaranteed to be paid 30 to 150 percent above their costs, far above pricing set by Fair Trade.
Through the years, Cartel has received recognition from the likes of Alton Brown, Vogue, and Food & Wine as a gold standard in specialty coffee craft and service. The secret is in their 90 percent retail focus, which has allowed them to prioritize the experience of the end user in all their decisions.
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