The owner of Tucson's newest coffee shop has a catchy slogan: "Coffee with a bite."
We're hoping that's a caffeine bite and not a nibble from Rattlesnake Espresso's namesake reptile.
A rattlesnake bite, though, is behind the name choice. Manager Melissa Smith said owner Tammy Peterson named the month-old cafe in memory of her dog, who was killed several years ago by a rattlesnake.
Rattlesnake Espresso opened in early June next door to II Sons barber shop at 8407 E. Broadway. The small shop specializes in locally roasted coffees and teas served hot and cold, fruit smoothies and Italian sodas, with prices running $3.25 for a 16-ounce latte to $4 for smoothies. The baristas also mix a rotating variety of specialty drinks.
The menu features pastries, scones, cookies and muffins. Smith said there are plans to eventually serve sandwiches.
Rattlesnake Espresso is open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 6 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.