Philadelphia: Ultimo Coffee
Things have worked out well for Elizabeth and Aaron Ultimo since opening a cafe in 2009 in the South Philly storefront shared with Brew bottle shop. A second location in Graduate Hospital is going strong after a year and a half, and Ultimo baristas consistently place well in national coffee competitions. Last spring, The Daily Meal named Ultimo the No. 1 coffee shop in America.
When you go, expect Counter Culture beans brewed in pour-over style on Bee House drippers - except during the busy morning rush, when you can score an even quicker cup from larger, Chemex-brewed batches. La Marzocco machines provide the espresso drinks, and there are Four Worlds pastries (and a few sandwiches) to go with.