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Coffee in Picksburgh?

I used to make mixed tapes.  I’m not sure what the kids make these days.  Imixes?  Somehow, that’s just not as meaningful.  So I turned my attention to something that seemed to have a bit more personality.  I started making coffee maps.  Sure, most of them are integrated into the reviews contained in this blog, [...]

A Chip Off the Old Spruce Street

Name: Ultimo Coffee Bar Location: 1900 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

One secret to any good culinary sleuthing is understanding an establishment’s staffing pedigree. If key staff of your selected establishment have worked for high-quality institutions, they ideally carry some of that prior establishment’s sensibility with them. This [...]

The Coffee Social Contract

Name: Hobbs Coffee Location: 1 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA Roaster: Chestnut Hill Coffee Company Rating: 3

Small college towns are a difficult place for aspiring cafe owners. Faculty and staff offer an affluent base with high standards, but make up a small percentage of the overall population.  Townsfolk are typically too busy commuting or [...]

Sprucing up Philly Coffee

Name: Spruce Street Espresso Location: 1101 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee Rating: 4-

By the time I finally made it back to Philadelphia in January, it had been nearly two years since I had tasted what this city had to offer in the way of coffee.  When I visited previously, [...]

The Philadelphia Coffee Story: Bean Exchange

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Name: Bean Exchange Location: 620 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Lacas Rating: 2

Bean Exchange is right down the street from Chapterhouse and comprises the second of many small, independent coffee houses in the area (I believe there’s some kind of independent coffeehouse collective of which both belong). It occupies [...]

The Philadelphia Coffee Story: Chapterhouse

Name: Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery Location: 620 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Roaster: Equal Exchange Rating: 2 (4 for the cafe, 1 for the coffee)

It’s amazing how a café can get so many things right, but fall short when it comes to the coffee. Located in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood, Chapterhouse embodies [...]

The Philadelphia Coffee Story: Crescent Moon

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Name: Crescent Moon Coffee and Tea Location: 141 Bridgeton Pike, Store D, Mullica Hill, NJ Roaster: Crescent Moon Coffee and Tea Rating: 3

Further adding to the enigma of Philadelphia coffee is Crescent Moon Coffee and Tea. At least two tips pointed me in the direction of Crescent Moon as a great [...]

The Philadelphia Coffee Story: Brew Ha Ha!

Name: Brew Ha Ha! Location: 212 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA (and 11 other Delaware and Maryland locations) Roaster: Caffe Pronto Rating: 3

Brew Ha Ha!’s downtown Philadelphia location is the only Pennsylvania outpost of this 12-store chain that has otherwise chosen to colonize Delaware and parts of Maryland, despite its owner living in [...]