Art. Cheesesteak. Independence. Some may say these are the three pillars of Philadelphia culture. However, we’re inclined to add a fourth: coffee. That fast-paced Philly lifestyle runs on caffeine.
Fortunately, we have more than just your run-of-the-mill Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts around these parts. Here in Philadelphia, we have some of the best coffeehouses in the state.
Elixr | Connect on Facebook
In recent years, craft beer has really been on the upswing. But believe it or not, coffee isn’t far behind. And shops like Elixr are living proof of the power of craft java.
When they opened in 2010, Elixr aimed to perfect both the roasting and sourcing process. With world-class ingredients, they’ve found their niche in the light roast, brewing up coffee that eschews the dark and ashy. On the contrary, their coffee is distinctly juice-like in consistency.
The Elixr space, full to bursting with deliciously rich aromas, also doubles as an art space. It’s recently hosted some of the area’s more creative installments, giving unseen locals a chance to promote their art.
Good Karma Café | Connect on Facebook
You’ve heard an awful lot about the farm-to-table trend, but what about farm-to-percolator? Good Karma Café espouses sustainable ecology and economic parity in every cup, making for one of the freshest wake-ups around.
Their coffee is 100% organic and Fair Trade Certified™, so you can be certain that the ingredients aren’t just fresh, but that they’re coming from the right places, too. The same can be said about their outstanding menu of freshly made sandwiches and pastries—the perfect accompaniment to your cup of joe.
Greenstreet Coffee Co. | Connect on Facebook
At Greenstreet Coffee Co., community is key. Since they first opened their doors, the owners have worked hard to maintain sustainable and fair business practices. This drive has resulted in a coffeehouse atmosphere that’s as laid-back as it is open.
All the ingredients at Greenstreet have been responsibly sourced and carefully chosen for exceptional taste. Not only that, but drinks are roasted to order, too.
Greenstreet greatly encourages customers to experiment on their own. Check out their website today to read through free brew guides and learn more about their workshop schedule.
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Philadelphians may disagree on many fronts. However, for the most part, we can agree that life is much better after the coffee has been poured. These three coffee shops are some of the very best that the city has to offer. Check them out the next time you’re in need of a pick-me-up!