Now Pouring: Ox Coffee in Queen VillageBy Danya Henninger
October 14, 2013
Proof that third wave coffee in Philadelphia is maturing past adolescence: at Ox Coffee, which quietly launched 10 days ago on Third just south of South, you will not find pourovers. “It’s a great method for at-home brewing,” cafe partner Max Cudworth says, “but I can calibrate my Fetco so that it’s producing the same quality cup at retail speed. We just wanted to keep it simple.”
Cudworth brings five years of barista experience at Joe Coffee in NYC to this new streamlined but quality-focused operation; his knowledge combines with the know-how of partner William Gross, a former Stumptown roaster. After meeting in New York, the duo decided to launch a cafe in Philadelphia. They choose Queen Village to follow in the footsteps of Gross’s grandparents, who ran jewelry and furniture stores on Fourth Street decades ago.
Stumptown beans are what you’ll find in the small shop, either drip-brewed in the Fetco or hand-pulled on a La Marzocco espresso machine. Lattes and cappuccinos are surprisingly tasty, probably due to the farm-fresh milk from Lancaster county (“Best milk I have ever used, no question,” Cudworth says). Iced coffee - all cold-brewed - is also available, as well as Lancaster-sourced hot apple cider and cocoa. Loose teas from S.P. Tea, a new Green Aisle Grocery brand, are available for steeping.
A small selection of pastries from Wildflour Bakery rounds out the offerings of the small shop, which was fashioned by the partners and friend David Ulrich, responsible for the woodwork that makes up the decor. An old-fashioned record player provides an all-vinyl soundtrack. The back room will soon provide more seating (right now it’s empty, though adorned with art), and come spring, the courtyard out back will provide a nice setting for a cup.
Ox Coffee is open 7 AM-7 PM weekdays, 8 AM-7 PM Saturday and 8 AM-6 PM Sunday.
616 S. 3rd St.; 215-922-2531