Trading Passions 4

Unique coffee bar utilizes authentic Arabica beans


Peixoto Coffee isn’t another coffee spot with just any story. Julia Peixoto Peters, co-owner, is from four generations of coffee growers with 600 acres of farmland in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Julia came to Arizona to study law at University of Arizona. She got her law degree, married, had two children and moved to Chandler five years ago. She is a lawyer but her passion to carry on the family legacy led her and her husband, Jeff Peters, to trade in their professions for their passion and open Peixoto (pronounced pay-sho-tow) Coffee this past January in historic Downtown Chandler.

For over 100 years her family has been selling green Arabica beans commercially. Most coffee buyers order coffee from importers but not these two, they are so particular and passionate about producing the finest coffee for their customers they fly back to Brazil and personally select the beans for their coffee lounge. From crop to cup, Julia and Jeff are redefining coffee.

In fact, Jeff recently switched careers from being an aerospace engineer for 15 years to become the CFO and Roaster at Peixoto Coffee. Roasting small batches of coffee only takes about 12 minutes.

“We roast our coffees light to medium roast because we believe lighter roast brings out the natural flavors of the coffee and doesn’t mask the flavors,” says Julia.

The lounge isn’t fancy, more of an industrial, rustic farm motif that is warm and inviting making it a great place to relax with a hot or cold coffee and visit with friends or catch up on email. All the décor was done by this energetic couple.

Supporting local bakeries and other local businesses is part of their business plan. Fresh baked goods are brought in daily. On weekends, different chefs prepare breakfast items including Belgium waffles, short order pancakes and a Brazilian breakfast.

A Coffee Unlike Others

I love lattes, so I ordered a white chocolate latte during my visit which was made with real chocolate and Espresso. It was definitely the smoothest and tastiest latte I’ve ever had. The chocolate gave it a sweet taste without being too sugary. And, there was no bitter aftertaste. Now, I consider myself a true coffee lover – in fact, my dog’s names are Pumpkin Latte and Java Beane, so you can see I take my coffee seriously!

I also sampled the cold flight which is four small servings of cold beverages – a Nitro brew, a cold brew, lemongrass lemonade, and cascara. The cascara is coffee tea that is brewed from the coffee cherry. I really enjoyed the lemongrass lemonade and cascara which I combined to make a delicious Arnold Palmer! The Nitro cold brew was new for me. Julia says, “That’s what you get when you put a rocket scientist behind the coffee bar.”

After sampling the Peixoto brew, I agree with Julia, it is “all about the coffee!” Her father, Jose Augusto Peixoto, can be very proud his daughter is continuing the family legacy and has introduced his wonderful coffee to Chandler.


Monday – Thursday    6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday – Saturday       6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday                        7 a.m. – 4 p.m.