Photo Credit: Christina DagnelliPeople who love coffee tend to be a bit more selective about the entire process. This can be from the beans they select, how it’s roasted, where they purchase them, and how they want a cup of java made for them. So hand crafted coffee from baristas are important for those who truly love a good cup of Joe for its complexities, not just the caffeine. Here are the top spots to find some of the best hand crafted coffee in the Philadelphia area.

Reanimator Coffee
1523 E. Susquehanna Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19125
(215) 425-5805

Reanimator Coffee has true baristas that labor in the making of “café art”. However you like your coffee crafted you can get here, their lattes are especially raved about. Reanimator Coffee also seems to imply their coffee can wake the dead. According to customers you can find very strong coffee here, as well as lighter roasts for those who don’t want it as strong.  The beans are roasted on site so you know the coffee is very fresh. This is a no frills type of coffee house with an industrial setting . Currently you can visit Reanimator at their Fishtown coffee shop, or their new location in Kensington on Master St. Bags of beans are also available for sale if you wish to take some home with you.

Grindcore House
1515 South 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19147
(215) 839-3333

Grindcore House is a very popular and loved coffee house for the fact its coffee is divine, and it is one of the most eclectic small eateries you can visit in the city. Not too many other places combine the love of Heavy Metal music with the vegan lifestyle. If you are a vegan or vegetarian you can find a nice variety of locally sourced food and baked goods here. Food is 100% vegan and made on the premise. Besides coffee some items people really enjoy are their vegan cream cheese on bagels, cookie sandwiches and citrus glazed shortbread. The music is going to be loud 10 am, so be warned.

Elixir Coffee
207 S. Sydenham St.
Philadelphia PA.19102

Elixir Coffee is very ecofriendly and delivers up handcrafted, hand poured coffee in a rustic setting. Here is a calm environment you can relax in without any pretense. If the weather is warm and you want a cold brew coffee you can find it here, not just a hot coffee poured over ice, but a legitimate cold brew. If its fall this is where you want to go for not just coffee but some warm apple cider.. The coffee shop has plenty of outlets and space for you to plug in and work and is spacious so its never crowded. They also sell small bites such as sandwiches and desserts.

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Menagerie Coffee
18 S. third St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106

This true brick and mortar establishment is located in Old City. Menagerie Coffee is a friendly and welcoming coffee shop that also serves locally sourced food and locally roasted beans. You have the option to purchase their beans to take home and brew yourself. But their main claim to fame is the quality of their hand poured coffees from real baristas.  Menagerie also offers true cold brewed coffee here, and the house blend is the perfect balance of not too dark or light.  If you stop here for breakfast consider the ham, maple syrup and jalapeño jack on an English muffin.

Anthony’s Italian Coffee House And Chocolate House
903 S.9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2586

The love of coffee and chocolate together are just one reason to visit Anthony’s Italian Coffee and Chocolate House. Another is the simple love for Italian food since this shop is located right in the heart of the Italian market. The Anastasio family immigrated here about 100 years ago and has been serving the neighborhood for nearly as long.  This shop offers high quality food and handcrafted coffee with friendly service. Customers regularly say they can spend hours in this café. Be sure to pick up chocolate pastry to go with your coffee.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here