Word of Mouth: Tucson, Arizona

Just 30 minutes from a desert oasis, the city boasts a Googie-style diner, funeral-home-turned-bar, a cafe that doubles as a mezcaleria and more

Located at the southern tip of Arizona, Tucson is the state’s creative enclave. Nestled between the Saguaro National Park, the Old Pueblo draws millions of travelers for its larger-than-life saguaros, a variety of cactus whose blossoms form the state’s official wildflower. Just 30 minutes from Tucson’s downtown, this desert oasis presents the icons of the southwest in their natural environment. Stunning vistas aside, Tucson’s designation …

Word of Mouth: Coffee and Art in San Francisco

Within the Mission District and SoMa neighborhoods, our favorites are all within walking distance of each other

Much can be said of San Francisco, California‘s fourth-largest city, where culture abounds and the crowded streets afford ample opportunity to wander and find gems along the way. Strewn about are art institutions, small galleries, and coffee shops—and the independent ones are often on par with the better-known destinations. They’re scattered throughout the city, up and down its steepest hills and in the trenches of …

Devoción’s Cascara Bar Makes Use of the Coffee Fruit

From four pourable beverages to ice cream and a float, the offerings deviate from coffee shop mainstays

Opening on 18 September, Colombian coffee shop Devoción‘s new Cascara Bar—an inherently different offering than their existing coffee shops—will put the fruit (rather than the bean) front and center. Instead of dismissing it as a byproduct of the process of extracting the virgin, green seed (which is eventually roasted, ground and brewed to produce coffee), the brand emphasizes cascara’s natural flavors—ranging from sweet and molasses-like …