Marc Vetri went to Elixr Coffee yesterday. While there, he saw a bunch of people there staring at their phones or working on their laptops rather than engaging in lively and spirited dialog with their fellow man. He snapped a picture. He put it up on Instagram. And in keeping with his new part-time gig as a full-on Method acting Grandpa Simpson impersonator, these were his thoughts…
It was back in the sweltering summer days of 2013 when the first Affogato Days simultaneously caffeinated us and cooled us. The pop-up partnership between Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Elixr Coffee was a natural fit. Perfectly-pulled shots of single origin espresso poured over scoops of ice cream from Philly’s most playful jockeys of the deep freeze. Now, some of the Elixir kids have decamped to start W/N W/N Coffee Bar, but this year, just like Wet Hot American Summer, the gang is getting back together. The menu is the same, ice cream drowned in coffee once again, only this time the team is hitting the road.
And on the 8th day, there were affogatos.
What is an affogato you ask? It’s basically the divine marriage of hot, caffeinated espresso with frosty, creamy ice cream. When translated, the Italian drink literally means “drowned” referring to the dollop ice cream swimming in espresso. Yum– said every caffeine junkie and ice cream enthusiast everywhere.
The good people at Elixr Coffee want all of Philadelphia to experience this mouth-watering treat featuring Little Baby’s Ice Cream. The collaborators will choose two seasonal ice creams skillfully paired with two unique espressos for the affogato days special. Other great news? There will be both a dairy and vegan option available so everyone can bask in affogato greatness.
Elixr Coffee [Foobooz]
This so beats a Frappucino. Starting today, Honeygrow is slinging its brand new seasonal concoction: a Mocha Cherry Elixr Smoothie. Warning: The following description will cause you to drool uncontrollably. The vegan smoothie is made with coffee brewed by Rittenhouse’s Elixr Coffee, blended with dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, banana and vanilla. Drooling yet? I thought so.
On Thursday, November 21st, Elixr Coffee is hosting coffee and cocktail competitions featuring bars and coffee shops around the city.
On this special night, a latte art throwdown featuring top baristas from sixteen coffee bars in Philadelphia will compete. That will be followed by a coffee-centric cocktail competition featuring bartenders from cocktail bars and restaurants (Vedge, The Corner, 1 Tippling Place, Farmers’ Cabinet and more) around town. It all goes down at Elixr Coffee, 207 Sydenham Street (between 15th and 16th Streets) at 6:30 p.m. As Elixr says, “Come to Taste the Magic. Come, and we All Win.”
We announced the first one, we sipped one of each at the second one, and now that we’ve heard that Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Elixr Coffee are teaming up for a third and final Affogato Day for 2013, we’re strongly temped to do it again. Despite the terrible caffeine shakes, it would be difficult for anybody to choose between the two delicious options. Foobooz got the inside scoop (see what we did there?) after the pairings were decided upon last night.
Option one will be a non-dairy Speculoos ice cream with Elixr House Espresso Blend, and the second will be Rose Pistachio ice cream with the same Single Origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Espresso that they paired with Lime and Toasted Coconut last time around.
So make your plans now for this Saturday, the 21st, 7am until 8pm, at Elixr: 207 South Sydenham Street.
It’s fitting that a rainy day like this–when it’s impossible to go anywhere in Center City and not arrive feeling like a drowned rat–just happens to be the second (and final) Affogato Day at Elixr Coffee.
Elixr and Little Baby’s Ice Cream have teamed up to put forth this ideal mid-afternoon treat: a healthy scoop of ice cream affogato’d (“drowned” in Italian) in a perfectly pulled shot of espresso.
The folks at Elixr chose two espressos first, and then picked Little Baby’s ice creams to suit them, for a choice of two flavor combinations. The first is the crowd pleaser– Little Baby’s top selling Birch Beer and Vanilla Bean ice cream with Elixir’s house blended espresso. It’s big, round, and rich. Option two, Lime and Toasted Coconut ice cream (which also happens to be vegan) with a single origin Yirgacheffe coffee is a little more exotic. The espresso itself is light with pronounced citrus and floral notes further accentuated by the citrus in the ice cream, and balanced out by its richness.
The caffeinated confection will run you $4.50 and they’ll be pulling shots and drowning scoops at Elixr until 8:00 tonight.
Elixr Coffee [Official]
Little Baby’s Ice Cream [Official]
Elixr Coffee and Little Baby’s Ice Cream are coming together to bring us Affogato Days. Affogato is the divine combination of ice cream and espresso and the combination will be on sale at Elixr tomorrow, August 14th as well as Wednesday, August 28th.
The affogato is available all day and is $4.50 a glass.
Affogato Day(s) at Elixr featuring Little Baby’s Ice Cream [Little Baby’s Ice Cream]
How’s about a ménage-à-quatre for your Friday evening. Just you, some coffee, some cheese, and some beer. The four of you, together at last.
It’s A Story of Philadelphia’s Coffee Revival, it’s happening tonight at 7 pm at Hylo Boutique at 242 North 3rd Street, and everyone’s participating: Di Bruno, Ultimo, Bodhi, Shot Tower, Elixr, the Madame Fromage (Tenaya Darlington), Eclectik Domestic, and Brew. All of them, joining forces for an evening of culinary passion and celebration, all of them paying their respects to a scene that turned this city upside down.
It’s like a hipster’s dream come true, and we’re all about it.
A Story of Philadelphia’s Coffee Revival [hy•lo Boutique]
Elixr Coffee is being forced to move due to rumors of more chains coming to 15th Street. The new location will be on just off of Walnut between 15th and 16th Street on Sydenham Street (next to Chipotle).
The grand opening celebration takes place on Wednesday, August 29th at 7 p.m. and like a recent event at Pub & Kitchen, will benefit the construction of an at classroom in a Southwest Philadelphia charter school.
Elixr Coffee [Official Site]