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Great Coffee Shop Hunt: Old City Coffee

August 24, 2011

Given that this blog is called Travel Eat Repeat, it only made sense to do some eating while I was traveling and bring the next installment in the Great Coffee Shop Hunt to you from Philadelphia. This particular spot was found in my favorite place in Philadelphia

Old City Coffee is 100% Philadelphia-operated, roasting small batches of coffee beans in-house every day. The Reading Market Terminal location is an off-shoot of the flagship 26-year-old store.

And how cute is their logo?

The coffee of the day, the Old City Blend, sounded perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up: a ‘unique four-bean blend of delicious, medium-roasted, sun dried South American beans combines with the bittersweet tang of French Roast and touch of Ethiopian.’

As long as it has caffeine, I’m happy.

No fancy foam or crazy cappuccinos here — it was all about the cafe au lait. Cafe au lait — or misto, as Starbucks calls it — is actually my go-to drink when I don’t want anything fancy but want something a little more exciting than a mug of coffee I can make at home. I jazzed up this basic cuppa joe with cinnamon and a squirt of liquid sugar.

For coffee on the run, this was really good. Jenny and I took our coffees to go for a 15-minute walk around Philadelphia — isn’t coffee always better when enjoyed with a friend? I usually prefer to more peaceful atmosphere — chairs for lounging, light for reading, ambient music — but while traveling, flexibility is key and I was happy to hit the road.

What’s your go-to coffee shop order? I alternate between cafe au lait or a chai tea latte, rarely anything else.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2011 6:11 pm

    The coffee was better than I anticipated, and the company was wonderful! Thanks for chatting with me about your travels!

  2. August 24, 2011 7:47 pm

    Yay, I’m glad this made the blog! 🙂

  3. Life's a Bowl permalink
    August 24, 2011 9:25 pm

    I usually order an americano or a cappuccino [skim, cinnamon, and a little sugar please]- I used to order misto’s a lot too 🙂

  4. August 25, 2011 9:52 am

    OMG! I discovered Old City Coffee the minute we landed in Philly! Their coffee was to die for! I had a cup the first day and was bouncing off of the walls, so I had to move to decaf the next day. Usually I only drink coffee for the caffeine, but this was good enough to drink just for pleasure.

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