The quality, owner Steve Kraus said, is what sets Press apart from other specialty coffee shops in the Greater Phoenix area.
“We’re community-focused and quality-driven,” Kraus said.
Kraus owns the business with his wife, Tram Mai, and business partners Jason Kyle and Alex Mason. They started Press in 2008, and 11 years later they have eight locations with plans for four more in the coming months and years. Press opened in Ocotillo in late 2015 or early 2016 Kraus said.
“We knew we could do well here,” Kraus said. “And this part of Chandler continues to grow with us.”
Kraus said the business imports coffee beans from Colombia, El Salvador and all over the world. As a specialty coffee shop, Press sources only the highest grade of coffee available worldwide, Kraus said.
“We always say that the only thing you can do to a coffee bean is make it worse,” Kraus said. “So we take a lot of pride in making sure that our farmers feel proud of the product that we are putting out there.”
Kraus said Press was one of the first specialty coffee spots in the Phoenix area to emphasize latte art. The company, Kraus said, even has an internal communication channel where employees showcase the art they have created in cups of coffee throughout the day. Kraus said he has also been known to challenge employees to a “throw down,” where the owner will make latte art of his own to compete with the baristas at the various Press locations around the Valley.
“I think we helped to open up that spectrum of specialty coffee and coffee art,” Kraus said. “And I feel very proud that we do have what we have in this town. The fact that we are on the map now for specialty coffee is really important to me. We set the bar, and we continue to hold that bar high.”
Kraus said Press has become what he dreamed of and more.
“If you’re looking for a different experience in coffee that may be more unique than what you are used to, stop by and see us,” Kraus said. “Let us show you what coffee can taste like.”