|Songbird Coffee and Tea, on a street being adapted for humans|
Songbird may be my favorite coffee shop so far in my Phoenix Coffeeneuring 2014, and that's out of a tough field of excellent shops that I've visited. On top of the excellent coffee and hospitable staff, the shop is connected with a gallery space next door, and is surrounded by art. The interior is filled with light. One wall is a bookshelf. It's small, unhurried, conducive to conversation and community gathering. It made me want to hang out a while.
|Songbird ambiance shot|
It's a fifteen mile round trip bike ride for me over here, though, so I have to really want it. Sometimes, the murals pull me. Sometimes the food. Pedal Craft was here. First Fridays transform the neighborhood. It's in the heart of a zone of coffee and galleries, and the sidewalks are being widened, with better lighting, and I suspect some nice bike racks might be possible.
Maybe it was the perfect weather for bike riding: sunny, mid-eighties, light breeze. But, it just felt good to sit and sip a cappuccino at Songbird. I guess I'll have to return to see if the feeling repeats.
Bunch more photos from right outside, below. I'm not actually sure if you are meant to meditate on songbirds here, but I did: color, light, song. Interfaces, transitions, deep patterns. A calling, a gathering, something both genetic, and beautiful. A frenetic unified kettle wheeling in the dusk. Music outside my window waking me. The smell of coffee from the kitchen.
|Connected gallery space|
|Temporary bike parking. Better maybe on the way.|
|These are their songbirds.|
Global map of Coffeeneuring 2014!