Window Coffee Bar began with our passion for quality coffee and espresso. We craved something that stands out among popular chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’. We are one of Phoenix’s newest locally-owned coffee shops.
With only about 100 square feet to work with on the backside of The Hive on 16th, co-owners Marcus Sanchez and Homero Medrano decided the best use of the space was to install a window from which customers could order and that faces a shared, open-air courtyard. The design and layout resulted from a fun collaboration with the new owner of The Hive on 16th, Tennille Neilsen, who transformed the backyard area into a modern, inviting, and pet-friendly courtyard that is also great for social-distancing. The Hive on 16th is a community enclave of local working artists, which is one of the main elements that attracted Sanchez and Medrano to the space.
We pride ourselves in serving our customers next-level coffees, teas, and baked goods, all sourced from local vendors. We have a similar system as the “big guys” but on a much smaller scale. I feel especially proud of our business, though, because not only are we serving up great products; we are supporting local workers and interacting with the community, with our neighbors. We want anyone who visits Window to have options to choose from, so we proudly offer alternative milks as well as gluten-free and/or vegan food items. When you support our business, you are helping to support the community as well.
Our most popular drinks include the fresh-squeezed lavender lemonade, prickly pear tea, cold brew coffee, as well as iced lattes with unique flavors such as burnt cream, vanilla lavender, Aztec mocha, lucky charms with marshmallows, churro, and even the health-conscious mushroom chaga latte. We source amazing pastries such as homemade pop-tarts in flavors like raspberry prickly pear, brown sugar date, and blueberry lime (flavors you won’t find at other shops), as well as vegan donuts in raspberry pistachio, orange zest vanilla, and churro flavors. Other customer favorites include our gluten-free banana nut muffins and our increasingly-famous avocado toast.
Our space was created to be enjoyed with company, though we’ve also made it very easy to social-distance during the era of COVID-19. We want everyone to feel welcome at Window Coffee Bar, and this is reflected in our neon sign: COME AS YOU ARE.