Review: Crave Coffee Bar, Tucson

Review: Crave Coffee Bar, Tucson

Yum! Tiramisu with a velvety cover of cocoa powder

I love, love, love Crave Coffee Bar.

Is it the latte? Yep. The cappucino? Yep. The freddo? Hey, what’s that? I have to try that. Is it the tiramisu? Hangs my head. I cannot tell a lie. It is definitely the tiramisu. Some days it’s the turkish coffee and the baklava.

This is definitely where a caffeine and sugar junkie can come in for a hit. Oh and the free wifi. Now if only I could snag the one loveseat, I’d be in heaven but for some reason, someone is always laid out on it, tapping away.

I am experimenting with my camera so this was taken without a flash, just overhead lighting indoors

I love the food here. I’ve been here a few times with a couple of group meetups as well as alone so although my primary choice is the caffeine and desserts, I’ve also had brie & ham crepe (it had spinach and onions too!). For food, the crepes work for a light breakfast or lunch. I had mine for dinner which is fine as I don’t eat much in the evening — some people might want something more substantial for dinner though.

Not bad for no flash. You can see the reflection of the lights above on the glass. I wish the top shelf picked up more light, tho.

Their wild huckleberry crepe keeps calling me but so far I’ve been faithful to tiramisu (well, more or less faithful — there was that one time with the baklava … ). Sometimes the place fills up with a cookie smell while they are baking in the back so I admit it is a dangerous place to go to if you’re on a diet. They do occasionally run out of tiramisu (pouts) and other sweets if you’re there later.

While many of the tables seat one or two (and in fact a lot of people come here alone to write), groups occasionally meet here too. You can call and reserve a table for a group which I did for my bloggers meetup. They have two large tables, one in the back and one in the front where you can seat 6 comfortably and up to 8 in a pinch. If all 8 at a meeting needed an outlet, that might be a problem. Luckily only two of us needed an outlet and that was fine. The one in back is close to 2 outlets so can serve 4 laptops. Outlets are salted through the rooms so if you want one, check first before snagging a table. Not every table is near an outlet.

There is some ambient noise here, usually from the overhead music as most people are too busy writing to chat much. I am ok with the noise level as the music is discernible but not very loud (plus I liked the songs).

Other customers are ok with people talking. Our group was seated at the front big table and no one seemed to have a problem while we talked. We weren’t loud but everyone read some writing and other’s critiqued it and we had to talk loud enough that folks on the other side of a long table could hear us. It wasn’t a problem. No one shushed us. It’s not a loud place but it’s also not library quiet. I like it.

Crave is a great spot to go alone to write or read, go with a friend to chat or set up a group meetup. Serves the caffeine junkie with sweets, crepes and free wifi. What more could a roaming writer want?


Crave Coffee Bar
4530 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
phone: (520) 445-6665
hours :
Mon: 6am – 9pm.
Tue – Fri: 6am -10pm.
Sat: 7am – 10pm.
Sun: 7am – 9pm.

Originally posted under Cactus Haiku : Senryu : Delicious

photos by ©2018 M. LaFreniere.
all pics taken without flash using ambient lighting
all pics as is except for the pic with the senryu– did some color correction there in Photoshop

7 Replies to “Review: Crave Coffee Bar, Tucson”

    1. Oh, no. I hope you’re doing ok. I agree, sugar is a tough addiction — not the least because the minute you decide to cut back, everybody and their neighbor suddenly starts giving you cookies. It’s like a murphy’s law.


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