Wednesday, June 08, 2011

CC: Elixr Coffee

What's does "CC" mean?

Elixr Coffee
Location: Philadelphia, PAFree WiFi ? : yes
6+ [
see key]


I always find it pleasing when a great coffeehouse takes the place of a former, lackluster establishment. Hausbrandt once had a Philly coffeehouse that ran a decent leg, but after a while it fizzled. Following its closure, the former shell on 15th street remained abandoned.

Enter the phoenix of Elixr Coffee. Having just opened up in January (by a partnership that includes an Eagles' Winston Justice), this outfit moved in strong, distributing PT's Coffee out of Kansas and taking their coffee quite seriously.

I made my way over one leisurely afternoon to sample their wares. The interior is very homey, with a nice arrangement of furniture (with a lot of bar seating), and a tv playing barista championships while customers sip and work. I ordered a cup of the Finca El Molino, El Salvador via drip and an espresso (the coffee used for my shots was not named). The drip produced a light-bodied, honey-filled cup with some wheat, cherry, jasmine, almond cookie and sassafras (delicious). The espresso, pulled short with a marbled crema, sang of spicy cocoa, a prominent saltiness, lemon candy, whiskey, cookie dough and syrupy mouth feel (also quite good). The tea I did not note.

Elixr was the medicine that Philly needed. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, pop in.


kuamturk said...

have you tried kuahana coffee? they are having special deals for limited time.

Endang said...

Wow, "the 6+ key" again Bill, it's always make me imagine what kind of delicious coffee.....

Coffee Wholesale said...

I definitely need to go there!

Raptor Red said...

Hey everyone I'm trying to find the brand of coffee used in this video, anyone know?:

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am really happy to find this. great job!

Peter said...

Just had a cappuccino at Elixr. Expertly made with the milk properly foamed into a smooth cream, with two espresso shots added into a 6 ounce cup, the ratio I prefer at home, so the drink isn't too milky.

I'm getting more and more impressed with Philadelphia's coffee culture. A few years ago there were almost no places you could go to get a great cappuccino. Now there are quite a number, with Elixr definitely a member.

My only minor quibble with the drink might be that the espresso is a little too subtle to hold up to the milk, even in this ratio. But that's probably due to my distorted palate, as I often use a fairly aggressive blend for my home cappuccinos.

albert said...

un-named coffee is quite disappointing...I love the premium AA Uganda Bugsu, an amazing coffee that should be used more often.

Amm said...

Its very interesting!!!

Anonymous said...

Really good post!

Rancilio Silvia said...

Interesting and encouraging review there!

I'll try to drop by whenever I'm near the area.

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Hmmm... What is it about coffee that makes me gaga over it? I really love coffee from ice cold, frappe to warm and hot and freshly brewed coffees. It just utterly makes my day!