This morning’s ride to work included a detour to 24th and Lombard where Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi had quietly opened their Rival Bros. Coffee storefront. The corner location has large windows that let plenty of sunlight into the sophisticated slate, black and white interior. Light oak flooring, leather banquettes and custom-made sapele wood tabletops keep the space in balance.
As for coffee, the storefront of course offers Rival Bros. coffee that many have come to know from the coffee truck and their coffee which has been being sold around town. The equipment is serious with a custom matte black La Marzocco GB/5 espresso machine from Florence, Italy serving as the centerpiece. The coffee shop also includes a Fetco Extractor coffee brewer and Mahlkoenig grinders. Additional beverages include whole leaf loose teas from Philadelphia’s House of Tea to grab-and-go bottles of water, juices and Fentimans all-natural sodas.
Baked goods and fresh breads are provided by Old City's High Street on Market. Get a cannoli filling danish or a slice of High Street's much-praised bread slathered in Trickling Spring Creamery butter and jam from Green Aisle Grocery. Bread will also be available by the loaf.
The shop will also sell 12-ounce bags of their coffee to go as well as equipment they recommend for home-brewing, including Chemex coffee makers, Hario scales and grinders and Bonativa electric kettles.
As the weather warms, look for house-made ice cream to complete affogatos and to-go cups of Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream for kids who remember 24th and Lombard as their source for ice cream.
Rival Bros. officially opens on Friday, May 9th (though it is certainly open today) and will be a seven-day a week operation with hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rival Bros. Coffee [Foobooz]