Fair Trade Café: Brews and bites

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Inspired by a transformative visit to a coffee plantation in Costa Rica, former science teacher Stephanie Vasquez embarked on a journey of discovery about her daily coffee ritual. This exploration led to the creation of the Fair Trade Café in downtown Phoenix, a haven where only fair-trade coffee is served.

But this establishment goes beyond coffee, offering a variety of freshly made breakfast and lunch dishes, including bagel sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and more. A standout feature is their unique coffee flights and The Phoenix, a cold brew concoction with agave and cinnamon, offering a taste reminiscent of a churro. The café also doubles as a gallery for local artists, with monthly rotating art available for purchase.

Describing the café’s menu, Vasquez highlights it as an “eclectic collection of hearty favorites,” set in a space that exudes an eclectic, comfy, and cozy vibe.

“Check, Please! Arizona” guest Kelsey Rogers shared her delight in The Phoenix cold brew, noting its churro-like flavor. On her visit, Rogers ventured to try the coffee flight, an off-menu gem, and praised the truffle grilled cheese sandwich for its satisfying “pull apart” quality.

Another guest, Frank Altier, enjoyed the Cuban sandwich, recommending the café as a great stop for anyone in the area, and complimented the cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

Rogers offers a pro tip for visitors: Don’t hesitate to try something new and seek recommendations from the knowledgeable staff, ensuring a unique and enjoyable experience at the Fair Trade Café.

Restaurant address: 1020 North 1st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Phone number: (602) 354-8150

Website: azfairtrade.com/

Cuisine(s): Cafe

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