I was in Phoenix this month for meetings and arrived the afternoon before my meetings started. After a quick lunch, I headed to a local coffee shop a few blocks from my hotel. Songbird Coffee & Tea House is located on Roosevelt Street (or Roosevelt Row) in downtown Phoenix. This is a very walkable part of Phoenix where creatives come together to hang out and display their work in the local galleries and boutiques.
Songbird has a very relaxed feel, from Scrabble-type lettering on the menu to comfy couches and long tables for patrons to work or meet over a cup of coffee. The wood tones and pendant lighting throughout the café give it an industrial feel. The birdcages displayed in the shop are a nice detail. Their roaster is Cortez Coffee Company of Tempe, Arizona.
I opted for a pour over after reading that Songbird has the best pour overs in Phoenix. I chose the Colombian, a heavy bodied blend with bright acidity. I thought the metal piping as a stand for the pour over was a nice touch.
The barista was extremely friendly and gave me a guide for Roosevelt Row. She marked some other cool spots in the area and told me about First Fridays A.R.T.S. Market.
I took a seat on one of the stools near the counter by the window and spent an hour reading and catching up with friends on social media, while I enjoyed my pour over. If you’re ever in the Phoenix area and want a bold cup of coffee, be sure to check out Songbird and the Roosevelt Row.