Joined: 06 Jul 2005 Posts: 400 Location: Tempe, AZ
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:28 am Post subject: Places: Coffee Planation
680 S Mill Ave Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85281
Coffee Plant is one of the longest standing commercial coffee places and hang-outs for a lot of visitors to the Ave—it is not, however, “Where the world meets.” They may print that on their receipts, but if thou want to meet anyone important, go hang out at Graffiti.
The management has changed hands a few times and they don’t exactly have the best track record of treating people as they should. Coffee Plant has come under fire from multiple angles for mistreating street kids and college students alike. The law of diminishing returns also suggests that their failing business is probably because of foolish mistreatment of their clientele coupled with the rise of a Starbucks on a corner not that far away.
They still remain my favorite as a grungy alternative to highly commercialized coffee houses—like Starbucks. Highlighted as the wreckage of itself, Coffee Plantation appears in the prelude of Mill Avenue Vexations Volume 1. And, for those who manage to visit it before it’s soon-slated urban demolition (rather than demonic demolition) sometime in 2008-2009, Vex Harrow can be found sipping peppermint hot cocoa on their patio in the moonlight during cold desert nights.
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