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May 31, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
In early April, two weeks before she opened her latest restaurant, Talula's Garden, Aimee Olexy, crowned royalty of the region's culinary scene, met with her coffee supplier to choose beans she would serve at the end of each finely tuned meal. He'd brought her usual favorites from Nicaragua, Brazil, and Africa. But a stranger in the cache caught her eye. "What's in that little unmarked bag?" she asked. The supplier didn't answer. Instead, he brewed a small batch and poured her a cup. "I loved, loved, loved it," Olexy said.
NEWS
September 28, 2011
WASHINGTON - Compared with uncaffeinated women, those who drink the equivalent of four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and less likely to volunteer in church or community groups, a new study has found. But it also found that well-caffeinated women have a key health advantage over their more abstemious sisters: They're less likely to become depressed. The latest study of caffeine suggests that women who get several jolts of java a day may do more than get a quick boost: Their mental health may see sustained improvement even as the physical stresses of aging accumulate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
First we knew him as "Johnny Mac" McDonald, the rising star chef at Snackbar tricked-out with molecular gastro powders and gels. Then we knew him as Jonathan Adams, the more mature, back-to-basics fish-and-chips master at Pub & Kitchen. Then he became a coffee roaster with a food truck - and ultimately quit restaurants altogether. These days, you'll find the father of three boys grilling toast and serving pour-overs at Rival Bros., the sleek corner cafe he recently opened with partner Damien Pileggi at 25th and Lombard.
FOOD
January 3, 2013
The Gryphon Cafe, with its artful mural, open mikes and laid-back vibe, has been a fixture in Wayne for nearly 17 years. But for the last three, owner Rich Mattis has been house-roasting the cafe's own beans, too. "I'm still new at this," Mattis concedes as explanation for his constant experimentation with different roasts. No matter, I've been impressed at each visit with both the quality and complexity of his beans. Whether it's the round and fruity GST espresso (Gryphon Standard Time)
TRAVEL
April 29, 2013 | By Val Proudkii, For The Inquirer
HAVANA - Clarinets, reedy and thin, played something I'd never heard before. The low whine hung like humidity up and down narrow Consulado Avenue in Old Havana. I cocked my ear and detected the music coming from somewhere upstairs, through windows of a decaying, Spanish colonial-looking apartment building within sight of the national opera house. Brightening with each step as I drew closer, the sound wove an unforgettable sonic tapestry somewhere between laughing klezmer and the noble shriek of bagpipes.
FOOD
March 17, 2011 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
With an espresso bar on every block, our appetite for coffee beverages is clearly insatiable. But while the rest of us are hopped up on latte art, dripped cups, and bean-origin debates, chefs are sneaking coffee into the kitchen and starting to percolate recipes that maximize its culinary potential. "As an ingredient, coffee is bitter on its own, but if you use it the right way and balance its flavor properly, it can add great depth to food," says David Clouser, chef-owner of Sola BYOB in Bryn Mawr.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012
* DANGEROUS GROUNDS. 10 p.m. Monday, Travel Channel. New episodes will be at 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 13. EVEN OVER the phone, Todd Carmichael sounds caffeinated. The co-founder of Philly-based La Colombe Torrefaction probably doesn't need his own high-end coffee to stay awake, though. He's an adrenaline junkie, having set a world record for a solo, unsupported trek to the South Pole and twice tried to do the same with Death Valley. And that's just what he does for fun. "I can't deny the fact that I like to kind of move outside my own comfort zone and outside the kind of traditional path," said Carmichael, who, starting Monday, will be letting Travel Channel viewers in on the dicier parts of his day job as his new show, "Dangerous Grounds," premieres after the series finale of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean and Daily News Staff Writer
DAVID TIMBERS, the hotheaded patron who tossed a cup of coffee in the face of a doughnut-shop employee two weeks ago, calmed down enough Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing at the Criminal Justice Center and later apologized to the victim.   "What happened was, I made the biggest mistake of my life and I'm truly sorry for the physical pain that I caused the victim as well as emotional pain, and I just wish it never happened, but it did," Timbers told reporters outside the courthouse . "And I'm truly, truly sorry to the victim.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man was sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months in prison Tuesday for throwing a cup of scalding-hot coffee on a doughnut shop cashier as they argued about his bill. "I want to apologize to the victim for the harm I caused her," David Timbers told Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means. "There's no excuse for what I've done. " Means sentenced Timbers, 54, well below the 48 to 66 months in prison recommended by state sentencing guidelines, because, he said, he wanted the victim's medical bills reimbursed as soon as possible.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE action-comedy "Red" was like "The Expendables" with brains, and so became a surprise hit two years ago, especially on DVD/demand. So it's back, with Retired but Extremely Dangerous agents Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox - also Mary Louise Parker as the average citizen swept up in their intrigue, playing the adorable Midwestern love interest for international neck-snapper Willis. What's not back is the fun meeting these characters, and what's especially not fun is seeing some of the actors going through the motions.
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FOOD
July 17, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
City's Latest Hot Roast Philly's ever-perking cafe scene has produced another gem - this one for Logan Square. Peddler Coffee Alchemy, a Port Richmond-based roaster that made its first public forays last year at the Franklin Flea, has settled a permanent cafe with Third Wave style (exposed brick, pour-overs) into the former Darling's space at 21st and Spring Streets behind the Franklin Institute. Peddler leans toward lighter roasts (no "carbon flavor"), but keeps it accessible. I was especially impressed with this Nicaraguan Santa Candida, which is one of Peddler's workhorse beans, prepared with equal success as espresso, iced and silky smooth off the slow-dripping Kyoto brewer, or simply as a traditional drip-filter.
SPORTS
May 25, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
A 30-year-old isn't over the hill, but may need a little jolt of something extra to get it to the next level. That's true for people - and with races, too. The Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K, a 31-year-old race in South Jersey, is getting that jolt this year by re-branding its race to hopefully attract and embrace new runners for its June 6 event. "We can't have alcohol in Moorestown but we can have coffee," said Bob Bickel, who is part of the race organization team. The race started out as the Moorestown Rotary 8K. "Scott Coffee" was added to the name after cofounder Scott Coffee died in 2006.
FOOD
April 10, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Capriotti and Mark Corpus of Kensington-based ReAnimator Coffee are well-aware that their travels to remote coffee-producing regions might seem extravagant to, say, your typical accounting department. "If you put it in front of a business guy, he'd be, like, 'You're paying thousands of dollars to go on a trip, and then pay so much for this coffee?' " Capriotti said. "But we see it as an investment in our future. "If you want to grow and give someone outside Philadelphia a reason to buy your coffee, you have to have outstanding coffee.
NEWS
February 27, 2015
Where: 1607 S. Broad St., 267-314-5936, cinemug.coffee. The lowdown: CineMug is a caffeine-fueled shot in the arm for the video-rental business. Backstory: Owner Dan Creskoff is rental-store royalty, one of the final managers of dearly departed TLA Video. "Customers used to love hanging out and talking about movies, so why not provide a place where they could do that?" CineMug opened about a month ago. Creskoff chose South Philly for its "vibrancy. " The beans: ReAnimator Coffee's Foundation Blend, plus a rotating list of single-origins.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5907
KEVIN SMITH served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. After he came back home, he didn't expect to see another gun pointed at him. Especially not in a trendy coffee shop in South Philly. Smith, a barista at Ultimo Coffee, on 15th Street near Mifflin, came face to face with an armed robber late Jan. 18. "I heard a noise behind me and turned to look at [the robber] pointing a gun at me, and it took me a second to register what was going on," Smith, 30, told the Daily News yesterday.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
The only thing riskier than opening a cafe/art gallery in a blue-collar, Maxwell House-coffee-drinking Port Richmond neighborhood is living without health insurance. M.L. Simone has done both and is still around to talk about it. A decade ago, the 46-year-old Delaware native wanted to open a small coffee bar that doubled as a gallery where local artists could display their work. The spillover from the Northern Liberties zip code had already pushed Fishtown rents out of her reach.
FOOD
December 5, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like so many inventions before it, the BKON Craft Brewer began with a tenacious individual, a basement workshop, and a flash of inspiration. In this case, that individual was Dean Vastardis, who then worked at his family's business, Pennsauken's Lacas Coffee. The inspiration? It came from the Food Network. "I was watching Iron Chef and seeing how they sous-vide marinate proteins," he said. "It was very interesting to me how you could take something that would take hours - to marinate meats - and do it in a matter of minutes.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there It was the first day of playwriting class, spring semester 2005, at Temple University. Caitlin, who grew up in Olney and Abington, commuted to Temple from her Cheltenham apartment, and the university shuttle got her there early. She opened Persepolis . Christian, who grew up in Broomall, had barely rolled out of bed in his nearby dorm when he saw the unusual sight of a student passing time not with phone or headphones, but with a book. And she was beautiful. Wishing he had taken a minute to do something about his hair, Christian walked over.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
First we knew him as "Johnny Mac" McDonald, the rising star chef at Snackbar tricked-out with molecular gastro powders and gels. Then we knew him as Jonathan Adams, the more mature, back-to-basics fish-and-chips master at Pub & Kitchen. Then he became a coffee roaster with a food truck - and ultimately quit restaurants altogether. These days, you'll find the father of three boys grilling toast and serving pour-overs at Rival Bros., the sleek corner cafe he recently opened with partner Damien Pileggi at 25th and Lombard.
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