I had a meeting to attend and it was up to me to choose the location, so I chose Lux Central. The meeting started at 9:30am, and the place was packed. Line out the door. I was taken aback by that. It is just a coffee shop after all, is what I thought. Naturally, I immediately said this place must be GOOD!
We waited in line about 12 minutes, with a Lux Central staff member walking down the line taking orders. Since I hadn’t been there before, I needed visuals and some direction. She allowed us to work our way up to the glass case where the pastries were on display. I made my order. Blueberry muffin and the pretty coffee drink in a glass mug. She asked, a latte? I said, yes, and what does it take to make it sweet? She said, caramel. I said yes, a caramel latte and a blueberry muffin, please.
As we waited in line, we noticed that the seating was limited because everyone in Phoenix was at Lux Central that morning. There were four of us, so we strategically scoped out where we could squeeze in. Don’t be opposed to sitting with another person or two, everyone seemed friendly enough and knew this may happen at Lux. There were many pockets of casually clustered seating all over the building and an outdoor seating area as well. We luckily discovered a space for four and grabbed it.
I’m all about process and order. I notice this everywhere I go. When we ordered in the line, we waited in that same line until you get to the register to pay. Once you pay, you hang out and wait for your name to be called. As the drinks came out, they were placed on the counter next to the register where there is constant traffic of payees. If drinks are not picked up timely, it’s a sea of orders all over the counter while you cautiously and others not so cautiously try to determine which drink is theirs. This process could be a lot better. The potential landing area for completed drinks should be relocated to allow for a more seamless process between the payees and the pick-up station, but I’m just a patron.
Anyhow, Lux Central not only has pastries and coffee, they also have a complete breakfast, juice bar and liquor menu. Everything our group had (coffee, latte, blueberry muffin, croissant, hot chocolate, blueberry loaf) agreed their items were good and it was worth a return for full breakfast and coffee.
Lux Central is great meeting, study, and hang out space in central Phoenix, and I can see why the line is constantly out the door. The vibe is legit. I encourage you to visit a local coffee shop in your area and let me know what you ordered.
Live music tucked in the corner (visited on a Sunday).
4402 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Hours: 6AM – 12AM