When you walk the streets of Philly, the wonderful aroma of coffee hits you on every corner. With such an abundance of java joints, how do coffee lovers sow the wheat from the tares? Watery drips and mediocre muds may rule the chain stores, but Philadelphia knows its stuff when it comes to high-octane bean juice. Here are the top coffee drinks that residents of the City of Brotherly Love can’t get enough of.
Ants Pants Cafe
2212 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Aussies love their brew, and Liz Fleming and Nancy Silverman, the Australian owners of Ants Pants Cafe, aim to share that love of java with the City of Brotherly Love. The cafe’s creme brulee-battered French toast is out of this world, especially with a cup of fresh mocha espresso. Two shots of espresso, decadent homemade chocolate sauce, milk and whipped cream make for a drink suited for the record books.
727 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
If Turkish coffee is your thing, then Cafe Fulya is your go-to place. This wow-factor drink may be served in a small cup, but it packs a big punch. Fresh medium-roasted beans are pulverized as fine as powdered cocoa, boiled in a cezve and served in a demitasse cup. This jolting java is thicker than what most people are accustomed to, but oh so good.
130 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Whether you’re a hippie, a hipster or your average Philadelphian, as long as you are a coffee fan, La Colombe calls your name. The coffee is so awesome that it stands on its own – no WiFi, no large menus and no cozy decor here. Traditional, strong, fresh-roasted drinks are the order of the day. Try the French press Phocea. Thick, dense, full-bodied and raw, this flavorful cup of joe is unforgettable.
1925 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
A block down from Eastern State Penitentiary and six blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mugshots is your classic community coffeehouse. Customers often enjoy some wakey juice as they sketch, study, chat or surf the Internet. The socially and environmentally conscious cafe serves up fresh-from-the-farm food and fair-trade, organic coffees. Try a cup of the restaurant’s signature Mugshot — coffee with a shot of espresso.
Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar
15 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
There’s no place like home – except for Nook Bakery & Coffee Shop. Set in a building with large windows with great natural light, this Rittenhouse Square staple is a homey place for conversation, studying, reading or working on your laptop. Any of the cafe’s lattes are to die for, but try the vanilla with whole milk, a freshly harvested espresso blend micro-roasted in small batches. Splurge on a fresh-baked blueberry muffin, and your calorie intake is good for the day.
Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.