I found a great little coffee shop in Palm Springs that wowed me with an intense and rich espresso.
Great Coffee in Palm Springs, California
I had a meeting in Palm Springs earlier this week. Because Palm Springs is about 20ºF warmer than Los Angeles and an easy drive under two hours each way, I decided to make it a day trip.
I did not have coffee with lunch and after the meeting I wanted a cappuccino before I drove home. Not having performed my homework in advance, I just typed in “Third Wave Coffee” into Google and a coffee shop called Cartel Coffee Lab popped up only five minutes away and on my way out of town.
I later found out that Cartel Coffee Lab is a chain, though I’m sorry to say I had never heard of it. It has eight locations in Arizona (including in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport…I’m bummed I missed it).
Cartel Coffee Lab
1551 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
7:00AM – 6:00PM
Anyway, I walked in and immediately recognized this would be lovely coffee. The first thing I look for is the type of coffee machine. If it’s a La Marzocco, that is usually a good sign. I also look at the coffee beans they have for sale and smell them. Sumptuous!
I like nodes of chocolate in my espresso and this cappuccino did not disappoint. I took it outside and enjoyed it in the shade, even though it was 113ºF outside.
Describing great coffee is somewhat like describing great wine…trying to explain what makes it delicious is highly subjective. Maybe I’ll get better at it. But if you’re a connoisseur of coffee, you should try out Cartel Coffee Lab.
The indoor area, as you can see, is closed, but you can pull up in specially-designated parking spots to pick up your takeout order or sit and enjoy it outside.
I’ll be back!
What is your favorite coffee in Palm Springs?