Coffee time! This week’s noteworthy coffee shop find is Matador Coffee in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona. I was in the area this weekend on a small family trip and passed by this coffee shop which I was immediately drawn to.
Once we had enough of the great outdoors we headed home, but not without getting my coffee fix for the two hour drive back to Phoenix (which I DEMANDED for obvious reasons). We stopped in at Matador around 9:30 am and found the place to be lightly busy with a only few customers in front of us.
From the street you get a grand view of the ‘roastery’ when the garage doors are pulled up. It seems like this coffee shop used to be some sort of automotive workspace. Either way, you’ll find these guys are particularly proud of their coffee and roasting technique and they boast that any coffee you drink will have been roasted about only a week prior.
Matador roasts their own beans directly in the shop. While the space is quite large, there is only one table in the main roasting area. There is a small bar area when you first walk in and the decor is fairly simple and has a modern country flair to it. Think lots of rustic wood meets steel and modern IKEA-like touches.
For my coffee DRANK, I ordered a latte specialty drink called the ‘thin mint’. It’s basically a mint mocha, but I decided to substitute the regular chocolate with white chocolate. If you know me, you know my love for white chocolate. The latte was so smooth and creamy and not too sweet. In fact they nailed the sweetness level! The latte itself could have been a little hotter coming out, but not a big deal to me personally. I’m not the type to obsessively order ‘extra hot’ at Starbucks and proceed to panic when it’s five degrees off (there might be a special place in hell for those people). Usually I go for a cappuccino, but lately I’ve been feeling the signature drinks.
You’ll notice in my photos this place gets a ton of natural light. Lots of shadows about makes for tough photos, but really great for a warm and bright visit. The shop faces East, so the light is brightest in the morning when the sun comes up. Just a tip if you’re planning on taking some ‘coffee shots’! Probably wouldn’t photograph here again myself.
Matador would be great for a work outing or casually getting together wish a group friends to hang out over a cup of coffee. NOT a good coffee shop for studying or getting work done as there is only one large table. But I could easily see some fun hangouts here with a group! And if you’re really in a rush, they even have a small drive through.
The ladies working here were nice, though I didn’t get to chat with them too much as we had a total of five drinks to be made. So an overall wonderful atmosphere with, at the very least, a solid signature thin mint latte. Definitely give this place a try if you ever find yourself north of Phoenix! Had I researched this place a little more before I went (it was a last minute find), I would have definitely tried their coffee beans instead, since that seems to be the biggest selling point.
Okay, so of course now I have to ask… regular chocolate or white chocolate?!