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Philadelphia roasters kick off monthly pop-up cafe series

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It’s known for its pan fried conch sandwiches, fried hoagies and beer-battered mutton chops so users of Philadelphia’s new monthly pop-up experience might also call the location home to roasters with a culinary flair

Càphê’ Roasters – the coffee out of Philadelphia

It’s known for its pan fried conch sandwiches, fried hoagies and beer-battered mutton chops.

But if you’re living in Philadelphia, maybe you’re already starting to call its newest cafe “Càphê’ Roasters,” the coffee-centric location where founder Steph Chiang has been planning to open its first coffee roastery cafe.

Next week, Chiang will kick off the third coffee pop-up of the summer on 4 July from 11am to 2pm, running six days a week through 25 July.

Its organizers say, if you order on opening day, a blend from the roaster’s collection of beans will be served – available only by the pound – for $24.99 a pound, including shipping. So far, 200 pounds have been sold.

Càphê’ Coffee Co coffee shop’ goings on June 13 – July 21. Photo: Càphê Coffee Co.

The cafe’s company statement says it’s “a one-of-a-kind roastery-with-a-cafe concept in Philadelphia’s beloved Old City neighborhood.” It’s also meant to prove that roasting coffee comes “in all forms” – from roasting beans directly onto wood to roasting small batches of beans that can be served fresh on the diner’s counter.

Chiang moved from Vietnam to Philadelphia five years ago and launched Càphê’ in 2014, selling packaged and canned roasted coffee products she made in a small space she shares with other roasters she works with.

She moved to South Philly after developing her roasting skills at Clover Café in Philadelphia and planning to open a roastery in North Philly, but an apartment fire in 2015 killed her fiancé, in whom she had planned to stay after returning to Vietnam.

Càphê’ Roasters is planning to open its first roastery cafe location in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood in September. Photograph: Càphê’s Coffee Co.

Instead, she set up shop in a backyard in Old City, which she called “the perfect spot for a roastery” because it’s blocks from other roasters.

Now, starting this summer, she’ll open one of the city’s first local coffee roasters’ cafes.

On the pop-up menu will be a rotating selection of 17 other roasters’ products, coffee cakes and cookies, pastries, lattes, and beverages like Càphê’’s Pumpkin Chile Chocolate Mousse Creme.

Beer is also on the menu – a couple featured brews will come with a baked baguette cookie.

Càphê’’ Coffee Co. is also planning to open its first roastery cafe location in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood in September, but for now the popup remains open and is accepting orders.

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