The next time you’re on Roosevelt Row, look for the white brick building, which houses the Kähvi Coffee and Café. What was once Be Coffee, is now a new atmosphere where “the contemporary meets the bohemian”. Kähvi Café and Café opened on July 12, inside the trendy monOrchid mixed-use community space on Roosevelt Avenue and Third Street. The new cafe is owned by partners Jordan Taylor and Julian Wright, founder of the Fork and Dagger Hospitality restaurant group. Wright will launch two more restaurants inside monOrchid later this year, including Sake Haus and Pedal Haus Brewery.
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Kähvi showcases the aesthetic of Wright’s love for the beach feel of Tulum, Mexico and Scandinavian touches of Taylor’s legacy. The name of the café was taken from the Finnish word Kähvi which translates to “coffee”. Wright said his high-quality coffee comes from Honduran espresso beans from a small farm owned by a woman in Honduras. But that’s not the only treat you’ll find there.
The cafe offers selections of tea, wine and beer as well as fresh pastries from Hope Artisan Breads, a local bakery, sandwiches, baguette and light bites. The menu also features rare drinks such as Ethiopian Light Roast, Espresso Tonic, Nitro-infused Strawberry Lemon Botanical Tea, and one of Kähvi’s favorite drinks, Sweet Green Matcha Latte.
Kähvi is open Sunday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kähvi is located at 214 E Roosevelt St. The 2,000-square-foot café bar offers a unique atmosphere with earthy Tulum-inspired design elements and jewel-toned hues embracing lush foliage, pendant lights, a table top. bar, chic sofas and small and large tables for groups or individuals. With these aesthetic approaches to coffee culture and dining, create the “perfect downtown Phoenix retreat,” Wright said.
Café Kähvi is where culture meets coffee in a picturesque way. “I wasn’t sure what to expect at this cafe, but after being in the atmosphere I can definitely say I will be staying here again,” said customer Jaylin Schreiner. Since the opening of the cafe, business has been stable with trafficking in students and residents of Arizona State University.
To add to the fun, the coffee bar will host many yoga events, live music and art-focused workshops. Kähvi has a partnership with Wellness Wherever, which hosts weekly yoga events on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in the shared gallery space. Yoga on weekends will consist of a social hour after yoga; a time when guests can enjoy happy hour prizes and mingle with the community while admiring local art in the gallery. Social time will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on weekends. Kähvi’s version of a weekday happy hour consists of a special wine and charcuterie pairing Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. such as screenings through October 7.