May 31, 2011 |
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.
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.
February 1, 2016
Disposable coffee cups are lousy for the environment, but the reusable kind are bulky and prone to drip the last drops wherever they are stashed. Contemplating this dilemma (over coffee), a few buddies came up with the idea of a collapsible, leak-proof coffee cup that could be stashed in a pocket. Thus was born the Stojo Collapsible Pocket Cup, a 12-ounce, mostly silicone mug that smashes down to a 3.5-inch-diameter, 2-inch-thick disk, making it a great take-along for travel or just when out and about.
November 2, 2014 |
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.
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)
April 29, 2013 |
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.
March 11, 2016 |
Capital One Financial Corp. is taking over the ground floor of the former Latham Hotel at 17th and Walnut Streets with an enlarged version of the bank branch/coffee shop hybrid it already operates across the street. The bank expects to open the new space, covering about 7,500 square feet including a 2,000-square-foot mezzanine, in January, according to Metro Commercial Real Estate senior vice president Michael Gorman, who helped broker the lease. Capital One, which is working on a similar jumbo-sized banking cafe near New York's Union Square, will close its existing 1,950-square-foot location across Walnut Street, Gorman said Wednesday.
March 17, 2011 |
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.
March 17, 2011 |
If most normal humans are made up of nearly 90 percent water, I am at the very least 80 percent coffee. Not only do I drink it from morning to night, loving the hot black spark perking through my body and mind, I've come to savor its myriad roasty flavors, the manual craft of brewing gear, and especially its culture of rituals - which can be oh-so-hard to change. Like most discerning Philadelphians, my ritual for more than a decade has been a cup of La Colombe, the city's "house brew," judging by the number of restaurants and cafes that have a pot of Corsica or shot of Nizza at the ready.
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.