Scottsdale Quarter Half-Full, Finally Good Espresso

Press Coffee Logo
Press Coffee Roasters

I told you last week about TK’s Urban Tavern at Scottsdale Quarter. This morning I arrived in the Airpark a little early for a meeting at the Corner Deli with my favorite Airpark real estate agent, Laureen Leston, I decided to wander around the Quarter to kill some time. After doing so, I have to admit that I am a little embarrassed I didn’t keep track of what this place is doing.

On one hand, I have an excuse because I live pretty far away in Downtown Scottsdale (“Old Town Scottsdale,” as I tell out-of-town clients so they won’t think I live an extravagant lifestyle by overcharging them).

One With The Eagle
One With The Eagle photo link to AZ Republic

On the other hand I do a lot of work (unpaid volunteer work) in the Airpark by virtue of serving on the city’s Airport Advisory Commission, so I don’t have much of an excuse at all. I have had a few AAC-related lunches at Brio. My only other awareness of the Quarter was a general disdain for the displacement of the signature “One With The Eagle” sculpture from it’s position of prominence at the turn-in to the airport off ; the chunky appearance of the Quarter buildings from Scottsdale Road; and the presence Of the Apple Store. I was also vaguely aware of economic woes like the closing of Oakville Grocery, and the pullout of development partners.

But how wrong I was…there’s a lot going on in the Quarter! As mentioned in my post about TK’s, the Quarter is much friendlier and easier than Kierland from a parking perspective, plus your tax dollars go to Scottsdale instead of those tactically annexing bureaucrats in Phoenix who stole the west side of Scottsdale Road many years ago.

There are a number of high-end shops in the Quarter that rival Fashion Square downtown. There are also a number of eateries like TK’s that I will have to try whenever I get up that way around mealtime. However, the discovery of the day was Press Coffee Roasters.

I was wandering past a couple of guys I’d seen heading the other direction a few minutes earlier…only this time they were caressing coffee cups. I was out of beans this morning so had to scrounge…but only turned up an old packet of Starbucks “Via” micro-ground instant blah blah. Maybe it’s good if it is fresh, but this one was a little past the expiration date. I mixed it and drank it anyway, but it just wasn’t the same as a fresh espresso from the DeLonghi super automatic…

I am pretty sure that in spite of good bagels and sandwiches the Corner Deli doesn’t have an espresso machine. So when I saw these guys sipping and sauntering I tried to be as nonchalant as possible when I asked, “Where’d you get the coffee?” I’m sure I must have looked a little addled, but they were kind enough to tell me, “Right around the corner.” Maybe they just wanted to get rid of me.

Courtyard Benches at Scottsdale Quarter
Courtyard Benches at Scottsdale Quarter

Finally, you can get non-chain espresso on the east side of Scottsdale Road! Press Coffee Roasters is a small, neat cafe with enthusiastic management and staff. I took my espresso to-go and sat out in the very comfortable courtyard area on the other side of the building to enjoy the first cool, cloudy morning we’ve had in a while. However the tables in Press would have been a good place to hang out if it had been a little warmer or I needed WiFi or something.

I’ll post more about the Quarter as I get to know it better and as they continue to open shops. Meanwhile, check it out for yourself…And have an espresso from Press. Tell them I sent you!

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