Give Me Coffee, or Give Me Death

Fair Trade Cafe in Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park

“Give me coffee, or give me death.” These are the notorious words spoken by famous American politician Patrick Henry… or maybe it was something along those lines. Well, whether or not he yelled these words from the rooftop, I’m sure anyone who needs their daily caffeine fix to get through those groggy mornings can completely understand.

According to, the average American drinks 3.1 cups of coffee a day. With numbers like that, it’s important to find that one café that will serve you up the perfect cup and what more awesome place than Fair Trade Café in Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park. This charming little coffee shop is located right across the street from Arizona State’s downtown campus for all those exhausted college students.

Fair Trade Café offers a variety of caffeinated or decaffeinated drinks, sandwiches and baked goods. They also hand craft their own ice cream with new flavors to choose from every week. You can sit inside and enjoy all the quirky artistic touches in the café or outside to feel the fresh Arizona breeze. They are popular among the Phoenix art community as well. Fair Trade also accepts work from local artists to showcase and customers can come in and purchase artwork. During First Fridays, an event that occurs in downtown Phoenix every Friday of the month, the café may see hundreds of visitors in just one night.

This is the also the place to be if you’re looking for some poetic entertainment. The café has open mic night where performers can come and recite some poetry in front of an audience. If you love the space so much and just can’t resist renting it out for a special gathering, the café does event rentals as well.

Fair Trade’s popularity has resulted in two locations, both in Downtown Phoenix. But, the best part is that if you can’t come in person, the café offers a courier bike service for delivery. If you’re looking for an awesome place to study, see some great entertainment or just get a fresh, hot cup of joe check out Fair Trade!