The chef is up with the sun to tempt local senses with the sweet scent of freshly baked scones, perhaps the best variety in town. Try the unusual Sage ... More
Raging Sage Coffee Roasters
The chef is up with the sun to tempt local senses with the sweet scent of freshly baked scones, perhaps the best variety in town. Try the unusual Sage Scone, a flaky sensation for just $2 or a Crunchy Sable, a French pastry that is the rage in Paris. Shake yourself awake with freshly roasted coffee in any size and flavor your heart desires, served inside or on the pleasant tree-shaded patio. Be aware that owner Roger Sliker takes care to use only shade-grown coffee beans, thereby protecting the tropical tree canopy for migratory birds that pass through Southern Arizona during wintertime.
After moving to Tucson in '97, I spent several years looking for a decent locally owned coffee shop. I found in here, in Raging Sage. The barristas here are relaxed, polite, and know most of the customers -- both by name and drink preference. The coffee and baked goods are all excellent, the clientele wonderful, and the atmosphere low-key. Incessant gabbers should be forewarned, however, they don't allow cell phone use inside, though it's the patrons, rather than the staff, who are the most avid enforcers.
Only been here once and the barista must have been having a bad day. Very rude customer service and the coffee as so bitter it left a bad taste in our mouths for the rest of the day. The best thing aout this place was feeding our overpriced scone crumbs to the enchanting sparrows that hopped around our table.
Great scones, unique creations, and the best coffee I've ever had. They roast it themselves, and it shows.
Everything is freshly baked every day. When it sells out, that's it.
Definitely try the Harvey Wallbanger cake. Delicious and super-moist.
Not always the fastest service. Its a small shop, with limited room. Be patient, good coffee takes time.
Pros: Really good coffee. Cozy. Nice ambiance. Classical radio station is usually on softly in the background. Good place to work. If you are feeling decadent, try the breve (1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed half & half). Good sweets (baked right there and then) on the weekends; the scones are definitely uniquely dry here, fitting of the desert (and some people luuuv 'em, but not everyone). Sweets are often different: the best thing I ever had there was a pumpkin cheesecake (which, needless to say, was seasonal).
Cons: This is a minimalist kind of place in a way, which I personally like. But, this means that the tables are small, there is no food other than sweets, and there is no wireless internet (which I also like b/c I go there when I want to be away from the internet). Might be tough to get a seat as the place is small. Oh, and for some reason, there is no mirror in the restroom; take it as a quirky landmark of the place -- just wouldn't be the same with a mirror. p.s. The chai is too spicy for me.
Raging Sage is the best coffee house in Tuscon. The coffee is wonderful and the pastries are incomperable. The baristas are great!!! Tucson Weekly readers rate a national chain as the best. I can only conclude they haven't been to Raging Sage.
I first visited Raging Sage about a year ago- and have gone back several times since.
Coffeewise, They make a really nice americano, but I prefer the latte at bentleys. Never ordered anything else.
Their baked goods are always fresh and very good. I recommend the Cappezano - an olive oil cake with no frosting - or their angel food cake with fresh berries. Melt-in-the-mouth lightness and not cloyingly sweet. Their brownies and bars are good too...I've heard many good things about their scones but haven't tried one as yet. They usually have tarts and quiches with seasonal fruit/ingredients as well.
The patio on the south side is a great place to sit on summer nights. They have a good collection of newspapers, so its fun to sit around with coffee, cake and crossword. There's no wireless, so it is a good place to work if you're easily distracted by the internet - but not good if you need to be connected, obviously.
I was filming in Tucson and my friend brought me a mocha latte from Ragin' Sage saying it was the best coffee and I had to try it. It really was. When my friend stepped on my last 1/4 of the cup, I nearly cried. The next day I drove out of my way to find it and buy the biggest cup they had for my 8 hour drive back to LA. Then I discovered they sold their beans. I am currently drinking the first cup from their beans, and it's just as good as the cup I bought in the store. Their cranberry orange scone was pretty outrageously good too. Thanks Ragin' Sage!
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