A lovely espresso, served on a wooden tray, with a glass of sparkling water on the side.Berdena’s is a relatively recent addition to Scottdale’s growing speciality coffee scene, having opened in April 2017. Part of a new wave that includes Fourtillfour and Regroup Coffee + Bicycles, plus, just across the Arizona Canal, Press Coffee Roasters, it’s just a couple of blocks away along East 5th Avenue from the pioneering Cartel Coffee Lab. Unlike the majority of the area’s coffee shops, which focus solely on coffee, Berdena’s is known as much for its food, although in a fit of bad timing, I missed out on lunch on my first two visits! Berdena’s serves a concise breakfast menu until 2pm every day, while there’s a selection of cake all day long.

Turning to coffee, Berdena’s started with Madcap from Grand Rapids in Michigan, but has now evolved into a multi-roaster, changing roaster every six weeks or so, with a single-origin on espresso and another one batch-brew. You can also buy retail bags, although Berdena’s had sold out during my latest visit, the coffee from Morgon Coffee Roasters in Gothenburg proving extremely popular!

You can either sit outside at one of the tables sheltering under the passage to the left of the shop, or find a spot in the spacious interior, where there’s a selection of tables and a window-bar.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Berdena's on Scottsdale's East 5th Avenue.
  • This is the view when approaching from the west...
  • ... while here's the view approaching head-on....
  • The view looking north from just in front of Berdena's. Nice tree, by the way.
  • If you want to sit in the sun, this is one of two benches out by the tree.
  • Nice A-board (from my first visit in March, 2018)...
  • ... while here's its equivalent from lasst weekend.
  • Access to Berdena's is via the covered passageway off to the left...
  • ... which can also be reached from the other side, coming along the parade of shops.
  • There are four outside tables, all of which shelter in the shade of the shop/passageway.
  • They are a combination of two/three person tables, all in matching orange.
  • Each table is pretty well-sheltered/secluded.
  • Stepping inside, this is a panoramic view from just inside the door.
  • Meanwhile, off to the left, there's a narrow corner between the counter and the window.
  • There's a set of retail shelves here, as well as a set of shelves on the back wall.
  • This is how the corner looked last year, when the retail shelves were on the back wall.
  • Turning back to the main part of Berdena's there are tables to the right of the door...
  • ... looking remarkably similar to how they were in 2018.
  • However, you start to notice some differences along the wall next to the window-bar.
  • When I was there last weekend, this was home to a pair of tables...
  • ... but last year, there was a water station there, plus a fridge in the corner.
  • Throughout all this, the window-bar itself has remained unchanged.
  • The fridge has moved to the back corner, where you'll also find a pair of tables...
  • ... although last year the two tables that are now on the opposite wall also lived here.
  • Not much else has changed, decor-wise. These were the shelves on the far wall last year.
  • And these are the same shelves from last weekend.
  • I like the flowers.
  • Obligatory light-fitting shot.
  • Down to business. The heart of the operation is this three-group Synesso...
  • ... seen here from behind.
  • Batch-brew is prepared on a separate counter against the back wall...
  • ... while off to the left is the tea.
  • There is a selection of cake just to the left of the till, ahead of you as you enter...
  • ... while the small, but tempting, breakfast menu (until 2pm) is on the wall.
  • When I visited in March 2018, the house-roaster was Madcap, with a variety of beans...
  • ... on offer, including a pair of single-origin Burundi beans. There's this, the Bwayi...
  • ... and this, the Kiryama.
  • I tried the Kiryama as an espresso...
  • ... beautifully-presented on a wooden tray with a glass of sparkling water.
  • When I returned last weekend, the coffee was from Morgon in Gothenburg.
  • Once again, I tried the espresso, this time a Usulatan from El Salvador.
  • Once again, the presentation was on-point, which is where I'll leave you.
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Berdena’s is on the south-side of 5th Avenue, which runs east-west across the northern end of Old Scottsdale. It occupies a single, block-shaped unit set well back from the road at the western end of a small parade of shops which runs to the roundabout at the junction with North Marshall Way. Berdena’s is joined to the rest of the parade by a covered passageway to the left, where you’ll find the outdoor seating, four round, orange tables, each with two or three matching, orange chairs. These use the shade provided by the passageway and the front of the shop to shelter from the Arizona sun, which, when I was there in March last year, was 31°C!

The entrance is on the left-hand side, which is effectively one long window facing into the covered passageway, the door in the middle. The front wall is at right-angles to it, running parallel to 5th Avenue. However, the right-hand wall is at roughly 135° to the front, with the back wall perpendicular to this, making the interior full of odd-shaped angles. It doesn’t help that the front is discontinuous, with a solid, stone wall to the right (punctuated by a single, wide window), while to the left, there’s a single, square, floor-to-ceiling window set a good way back. However, all the windows do make Berdena’s a bright spot, even though it faces north.

Starting at the door, you find yourself just in front of the counter, which runs along the back wall, starting with the till and cake display, and ending with the three-group Synesso espresso machine. To your left, the left-hand and back walls meet at 45°, leaving an awkward, triangular space, just big enough to squeeze in a single-person table between the counter and the window. You can also find the retail shelves down here.

To the right, the windows form a right-angle with a four-person table on the passageway side and a two-person table at the front. Next comes another wall, at right angles to the window, which has another pair of two-person tables, before there’s another 90° turn to the front wall, which has a four-person window-bar running the length of it. Finally, along the right-hand wall, which is at 135° to the front, you’ll find a final pair of two-person tables, then you’re back at the counter.

My first visit was in March 2018, right at the very end of my trip. I arrived in the early afternoon, not realising that Berdena’s stopped serving food at two o’clock, so I missed out on lunch. Instead, I settled for an espresso, the baristas, Steve and Chad, steering me towards the Kiryama, a Burundian single-origin from Madcap. Served on a wooden tray with a glass of sparkling water on the side, this was very fine, a surprisingly complex, full-bodied coffee.

When I returned last Saturday, almost ten months after my first visit, I was careful to arrive (just) before the two o’clock cut off, only to discover that Berdena’s had had a very busy morning and was completely out food, so once again I missed out on the “best avocado toast in Phoenix” (according to the menu). I took my solace in another wonderful espresso, this time from Morgon Coffee Roasters, a naturally-processed Usulatan coffee from El Salvador. My barista, Meg, recommended it without milk, the result being a well-rounded, well-balanced espresso with a pleasing touch of acidity to it. Check back next year to see if I actually make it for lunch!

January 2020: Dear readers, I did it! I finally made it to Berdena’s for lunch, being rewarded with the famous avocado toast, which more than lived up to its billing. I also had a gorgeous, fruity naturally-processed Colombian batch brew from Brandywine Coffee Roasters in Delaware which was every bit as good!

7051 EAST 5TH AVENUE • SUITE I • SCOTTSDALE • AZ 85251 • USA +1 480-256-1403
Monday 07:00 – 16:00 Roaster Guests (espresso + batch brew)
Tuesday 07:00 – 16:00 Seating Tables, Window Bar
Wednesday CLOSED Food Brunch; Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 16:00 Service Counter
Friday 07:00 – 16:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 15:00 Wifi Free
Sunday 09:00 – 14:00 Power Yes
Chain No Visits 23rd March 2018, 5th January 2019
12th January 2020

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