It is no secret that I am a coffee fiend. When I’m lying on my deathbed, feeble, and gray, someone may as well hook me up to an IV that would send espresso into my veins. I’ll be the happiest camper.
My friends and I have been on the hunt for the perfect coffee shop in Philadelphia. Sadly, my only attempts have landed me in Starbucks (ew, The Man) and Saxby’s (which is good, slightly over-priced, and still on campus). Other than these two, I have tried one place that is truly delightful, Mugshots.
I first heard of Mugshots from our dear friend and Messiah Alum, Pete Corning. He works there. So of course we had to visit him.
Mugshots is located on 21st and Fairmount, right across the street from the state penitentiary (hence the clever name). The atmosphere is sophisticated, and overall vibe is conducive to getting work done. You can go to do homework, or simply enjoy good coffee and company. It is all fair trade coffee, organic and locally made products. It is a little pricey, but totally worth it. My personal recommendation is the “Iced Mint Chip Latte.” So good! If you want something warm to counteract this rainy weather we’ve been having, I tried a sip of Laura’s “Crème Brule Latte.” Sultry.
Until I find something a little closer to MCPC, and if I can afford it, I might become a regular at Mugshots.
“We live on coffee and flowers.” – Conversation 16 by The National.