Raging Sage is one of many independent coffee shops in the Tucson area. Although it is very popular amongst locals, I was not impressed with the quality of the coffee. If you prefer the extra strong bitter taste of Starbucks, you may enjoy Raging Sage, however, I enjoy a smoother non burnt flavor for my morning coffee!
You will notice as soon as you step in the doors of Raging Sage that this local roaster has a very loyal following as evidenced by the mounds of people waiting in line.
Raging Sage roasts its' beans in small batches. Beans are purchased from a buyer in San Francisco whom travels around the world to select quality beans. Raging Sage is a small family-run business, seemingly really passionate about their coffee and high quality ingredients, unfortunately it was just not for me.
Although many people enjoy the super strong, bitter tasting coffee of chains like Starbucks, it really is not my cup of tea. Raging Sage had that similar burnt over roasted taste, which I was just not a fan of. On the other hand, the mocha was quite delicious.
If I ever make it back to Raging Sage, I would probably skip the house coffee and instead enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful garden patio. And perhaps try out one of the enticing pastries which greet you while waiting in line. The coffee cake looked particularly good!
Raging Sage had a very long line, and thus, it took quite a while to order and receive our drinks. The baristas seemed a bit frazzled and rushed due to the crowds.
Raging Sage is one busy shop. A line begins to form very early in the morning and seems to continue most of the day. The inside seating is a bit cramped and limited, however, they have a nice outdoor patio which provides the perfect setting for a leisurely weekend morning cup of joe. It's pretty shady too with lots of trees, so you can enjoy it year-round even on those triple digit summer days.
Raging Sage is not my favorite coffee shop in Tucson. Cartel, Exo Roast, and Presta all offer more delicious, less bitter tasting drip coffee. Although some of the specialty drinks (particularly the mocha) are quite good, the bitter, over roasted house coffee would not bring me back anytime soon. On the other hand, I would enjoy a cup of tea or specialty espresso drink on the lovely patio.