Fifty years ago today, the first Wawa opened at the corner of MacDade Blvd. and Swarthmore Ave. in Folsom, Pennsylvania. Today, you can get free coffee at any of Wawa’s locations. (Here’s a Wawa store locator.) To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, here are 50 things about the Philadelphia area’s favorite convenience store.
I knew I was on to something all those times I’ve chugged a mug of coffee before a run. Not only does the caffeine improve my performance, coffee gives me about the same level of hydration as drinking a glass of water, according to a review of recent studies reported in a “Medical Myths” column on the BBC.
Here’s something you probably never considered embracing: butter—and in your coffee, no less.
New York blog Well + Good NYC has an interesting piece this week about the latest liquid-breakfast craze, buttered coffee. The gist: Adding high-quality fat to your AM caffeine jolt not only lengthens the energy buzz but also turns your cup o’ Joe into a fat-burning powerhouse.
There hasn’t been much visual proof that La Colombe’s flagship cafe and distillery in Fishtown was getting closer to completion. But Todd Carmichael snapped the picture here, showing a concrete floor being installed. We’re sure once a floor is installed, the construction pace will pick up.
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]
Drew Lazor has a feature in the February Philadelphia magazine on Philadelphia’s best coffee spots. Lazor names the top fifteen places to grab a cup of coffee in Philadelphia.
And for the serious caffeine fiend, here’s how to pimp out your home coffee setup, so it’s cafe quality in your own house.
Most bags of beans feature their “roast date,” which is vital to your brew. “Under the two-week mark is the ‘Goldilocks zone,’” says Ultimo Coffee’s Aaron Ultimo. “After that, it starts to taste dirty and it starts to taste boring.” Never ask for your beans to be pre-ground unless “you plan on literally using all of that coffee within the same day or less,” says Lilly Vamberi of Federal Donuts.
Spend low on a brewer.
For home brewing, pros are fond of affordable pour-over tools, such as a Chemex, Bee House or Hario V60, that rely on gravity for quick brews; Bodhi Coffee’s Tom Henneman is fond of the classic French press. If you’re set on a dripper, One Shot’s Melissa Baruno suggests a Bonavita, which brews with multiple streams of water.
Spend high on a grinder.
Graduate Hospital’s Beauty Shop Cafe will be replaced by The Gold Standard Cafe. The Gold Standard has an existing location at 48th and Baltimore where the cafe serves coffee, breakfast bites, sandwiches and even burgers. The location at 20th and Fitzwater doesn’t have a hood so its unlikely the new spot will offer as extensive a menu.
The Beauty Shop Cafe closed abruptly in May as it was sold to the Farmers’ Cabinet team who were planning their own coffee shop. It never opened under their management and has been vacant since.
A call to the Gold Standard didn’t reveal any more details but we’re looking for a call back.