Fresh on the heels of the news that one Philly food collaboration is changing gears, another one is just gearing up. In a little storefront at 806 South 6th Street, where East Passyunk hits Catharine, Peddler Coffee and Koliyan Cambodian Desserts have opened up shop. Though early rumors labeled the space a coffee shop, and though there is frequently cold brew and coffee beans available for sale (through online pre-order), the space is resolutely more collaborative than that.
Recently, I returned to the states from 5 months of studying abroad in Paris. One of the (many) wonderful aspects of living in Paris as a college student are the multitude of cafes that offer free wifi and a retreat from the bustling city streets.
My friends and I would rotate our preferred cafes before and after classes, feeding our caffeine craving and indulging in the pleasures of a handcrafted cup of coffee. Our ritual café crèmes were what we drew inspiration from while writing our midterm papers; they nursed us back to health after a long night out, and a really good café crème would spark long, somewhat philosophical debates. It’s remarkable what an extremely good cup of coffee can do.
Back now in Philly, I’m lucky to live in another city equally enamored of coffee culture. Philadelphians, like Parisians, are fortunate enough to have many high quality coffee shops to choose from and that list continues to grow every day. Below, I’ve compiled my six pack of the best spots in Philly to grab an exceptional cup of joe in an atmosphere that will deliver a jolt to your creative senses.
Local bean roasters Square One Coffee finally opened in the Gayborhood’s John C. Anderson Apartments building this weekend. Some other G Philly cohorts and I popped in on Saturday morning to caffeinate for the day and to check out the new digs. The place is gorgeous — with a white subway tile bar, a gorgeous, yellow La Marzocco espresso machine, and sitting space for days.
On the menu you’ve got a nice variety of standard coffee drinks — all made with Square One coffee beans. They do espressos, drip, and slow pour. (One of the drinks we tried, an English Breakfast Latte, was outstanding.) They’ve also got a nice variety of pastries, including cupcakes from Philly Cupcake, and an apple fritter that is particularly delicious.
Check out some photos of your favorite new Gayborhood coffee shop below:
Little Spoon Cafe is coming to 15th and South Streets. Naked Philly has many of the details on the coffee shop and cafe by area residents, Jeanne French and Julia McMeans.
The two have hired Otto Architects who are part of the team behind the work done at One Shot Coffee as well as Tria Taproom, where they received a James Beard Award nomination for outstanding restaurant design.
Look for Little Spoon to open this summer.
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.
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.