Secret diner: Exploring the art of chai lattes with Songbird Coffee and Tea House


The door to Songbird Coffee and Tea House creaks open and the smell of freshly made coffee distracts me from any thought I may have had as to what I would order. It’s a home away from home, with many people connected to their laptops and headphones. The wood floor squeaks to match the door and the history is visible within the walls of the building.

A black dog sits quietly next to whom I can only assume is his companion quietly tapping away at his computer on a Word document.

At the counter, I order a chai soy latte, which is one of my all-time favorite drinks. The shop offers sweet, spicy or a combination of both, which is a choice any chai tea lover could appreciate. After paying well over $4 for 12 ounces of liquid, I expect to be more than satisfied.

I glance down at the pastries through the glass and decide to try one of the apple Pop-Tarts. Hoping it isn’t too sweet, I happily pay $8 for my order.

The chai latte is sweet with a hint of nutmeg, perfectly stirred. I grab my drink and I’m given the option to pick up a lid and straw. Naturally, I’m inclined to choose both for convenience in case I want to take it on the go. Having the option is nice, and I appreciate the effort.

Directly behind me is the sugar and milk, a couch and a coffee table, just like home. Right away, it is a comforting and relaxed environment suited for anyone. Two women sit conversing and laughing, as they would in their own living room.

Filled with knickknacks and art honoring Phoenix, Songbird is decorated like the perfect antique store you would think it would be. With birdhouses cleverly placed around light bulbs, the decor is beyond clever and perfectly placed.

Songbird is freshly located right in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, perfect for the average pedestrian stopping by for a quick “cup of Joe.". 

See more: Songbird re-opening pleases customers in century old house

A cute house was turned into a business in the most pleasant way. Students can study at a table, business folks can have their meeting in peace and a dog can relax in air conditioning without a problem; pet-friendly, home feeling and good service.

I sit against a green velvet cushion paired up with a wooden table, an outlet to the left of me. I grabbed my laptop from my bag, and quietly blended into the scene.

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