A few weeks ago on a Friyay, I had an immense craving for some good coffee. I met up with a friend at a new coffee shop near my work called Futuro. I think they’ve been in business for a little over a month now, so when I say ‘new’, I mean NEW.
They are located inside a hair salon/art space called Palabra Collective, which is kind of neat. Imagine working in a place that has unlimited access to coffee. Ahhhh the thought. The place itself is super modern and everything is white from floor to ceiling, which makes fabulous photos for the gram (did you not think that was coming?). Even more impressive is their menu of coffee, which is entirely written in Spanish. Though simple, they have all the right choices for your coffee cravings.
My friend arrived before me and ordered an iced mocha which I got to taste before I ordered my coffee. It. Was. So. Good. So naturally, I ordered it too. The chocolate was subtle yet rich tasting, like real cocoa powder was used. I liked that I could still taste the espresso and it wasn’t over the top choclately or milky tasting as some places are. You have to be careful with mochas, and I will admit I’m super picky about them. But when I tasted the iced mocha I knew this was one I would take a strong liking to. It was so delicious and refreshing on a warm Friday in Phoenix. The perfect weekend kick off drink. I plan on going back and trying some other drinks shortly!
Okay, iced mocha aside now… I think this might be my new favorite coffee shop design. The interior is so minimal. It reminds me of something Nordic or Scandinavian, yet European because of the coffee ‘bar’ feel. Which if you know me, is my favorite design concept ever. If I were to open a coffee shop it would be completely white with pops of black and wood. Since Phoenix has yet to embrace this design style, I was so surprised to find it at Futuro. Their floors are cement, but I would have really liked to see a wood or white tile instead.
Another thing I really liked was the coffee bar being the center of attention. It is the biggest element in the space. How’s that for minimal distraction? I find this encourages people to actually drink their coffee at the bar area and converse with each other, which is reminiscent of a true European coffee bar. It says “hey we’d like you to have coffee here, but we don’t want you to stay for too long.” BRILLIANT. That might be a turn off for some people, but just know that this is not meant to be a space for long work sessions. In fact, there are only chairs up front to use and I didn’t see outlets anywhere. But I loooove that! This is a place you’ll want to come with a friend and have a quick coffee and a 20 minute chat.
The barista who was working was super friendly. He chatted with everyone who came through. I can’t get over how the set up of this place actually encourages conversation. There is art set up everywhere to look at as well. Since these guys are fairly new, I can’t get the deets on if the art is going to be switched out monthly, but I assume it would be since that portion might be the ‘art’ part of Palabra Collective. For now, Future has no known website, but you can check them out on Instagram.
Definitely visit this coffee shop if you are up for a change of pace from the typical. Whatever you do, don’t forget to to take some pictures of your coffee. The minimal white decor makes for some of the best photos!
What is your favorite style coffee shop? Leave me a comment below and let’s get chatting!