No one is going to mistake Henderson’s coffee scene for Seattle’s—not yet, anyway—but the opening of some newish java joints has perked up our interest. While third wave coffee isn’t new here—Mothership Coffee Roasters has been around for a few years—the latest options are a boon for caffeine junkies and gig-economy freelancers, who now have new Wi-Fi-equipped hangouts.
The Henderson location of Joe Maxx Coffee (joemaxxcoffee.com) is its second in the Valley, offering robust coffee from beans made exclusively for the company. The family-owned business, with locations in four states, has a cozy, casual atmosphere, its walls adorned with local art (all for sale, and anyone can hang up their work). There’s nothing precious or pretentious here. It’s just a place for a solid cup of, well, joe.
True to its name, Zen Coffee Bar (zen-coffee-bar.business.site) can’t help but evoke a feeling of serenity, with its airy and light-filled space dotted with plants throughout. Linger over well-crafted drinks and pastries made in-house solo or with friends—there’s plenty of room to stretch. In addition to lattes and pour overs, you’ll find matcha, beer and wine, plus mimosas and chocolates.
Dark Moon Coffee Roasters (darkmoon.coffee) is all about bespoke beans, with a 12-kilo roaster as its centerpiece. The ambience is industrial chic, with angled dark wood paneling, white-painted brick and a green glazed terra cotta tile wall. For iced-coffee enthusiasts, there are nitro-infused cold brew taps; and roastery tours, cuppings and tastings are in the works.