Ike's Coffee and Tea
3400 E. Speedway Blvd., 323-7205; 100 N. Stone Ave., No. 111, 792-1800
We can't resist saying it: We like Ike's. It's hip, friendly and locally owned, and the operational aesthetic is a civilized compromise between Starbucks and funkier local joints. Ike's has heart, but it's sleek, the tables aren't sticky, and the staff moves fast. And the band is broad: You'll see more laptops per table at the original location, across from the Loft on Speedway Boulevard, than anyplace outside the UA Main Library (which inexplicably lacks an espresso machine). Coffee and typing go together, and the coffee at Ike's is just what it says on the wall: fresh, strong and never burnt.