Good vibes and great coffee at One Coffee Co.

One Coffee Co. located at 1 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by Celina Jimenez) One Coffee Co. located at 1 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by Celina Jimenez)

There's something energizing about discovering a coffee shop that goes beyond mainstream production and creates an intentionally vivid flavor and atmosphere. One Coffee Co., located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, is one such place.

One Coffee Co., owned by Johnny Eddins, offers a hip alternative to the mainstream Starbucks and Dutch Bros. The menu, which offers fresh pastries and sandwiches in addition to coffee and other various beverages, is diverse yet coherent.

One's selection of beverages truly does offer something for every taste. The specialty coffees, such as their white mocha, miel and borgia, contain mixes that are rich enough to suit an eccentric palette but not full of processed fluff. Even basic brews, such as the cappuccino, latte and french press, have a very natural and vivid flavor.

A chicken panini at One Coffee Co. (Photo by Celina Jimenez) A chicken panini at One Coffee Co. (Photo by Celina Jimenez)

The shop's authenticity shines through in the presentation of an original favorite: the french press. Upon ordering a french press, I was presented with an actual french press maker, a timer and an empty cup, allowing me to appreciate the effort and love that goes into creating a great cup of coffee. This is the point at which I realized One Coffee aims to not only energize its guests; it also strives to engage them in coffee-making as an actual art. My french press was rich, nutty and absolutely wonderful.

Another example of this authentic care can be found in the array of freshly made paninis. For instance, the pesto in the caprese and chicken paninis is far from jarred and mass-produced; it is actually homemade in the kitchen, resulting in an authentic, basil-heavy flavor.

One Coffee's modern, vaguely hipster vibes contrast with the slew of professionally-clad businessmen and women who wander in for lattes and pastries on their breaks. The walls are bright and decorated with eccentric pieces of art, but the strikingly downtown feel is not overdone. The space as a whole is comfortably open and invites guests to stay and relax on couches, at tables or on barstools.

The menu and front counter at One Coffee Co. (Photo by Celina Jimenez) The menu and front counter at One Coffee Co. (Photo by Celina Jimenez)

From what I've seen, this shop does not see as many ASU students as shops such as Fair Trade and Starbucks, but it still offers a student discount. This is a definite benefit, as sandwiches are typically priced around $7. However, most beverages are no more than $4.50 for a large cup.

Customers can also purchase bags of coffee, roasted by One Coffee, to take home and brew themselves.

Most of the employees are very laid-back and happy to chat with the customers, resulting in a more interactive atmosphere for all. Owner Eddins is frequently present and working at the shop, and can almost always be seen happily conversing with customers and making sure their experiences are positive and high-quality.

If you're looking for delicious, authentic flavor and positive, easygoing vibes, stop by One Coffee Co.

Details:

1 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

(602) 252-4442

Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. - noon

Closed Sundays

 

Reach the reporter at celina.jimenez@asu.edu or follow her on Twitter @lina_lauren

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