Family – my love & life partner Tracey; my daughters & enduring loves, Sadie and Ella. With your patient understanding and support, we’re launching our business!
Esote Woodworking – Craftsman Jay Cox custom built the coffee bar, benches, bar-height seating, tables, shelves, and signage-not to mention innumerable volunteer hours on spackling and other tasks.
French and Crane Architects – Emily Crane’s tireless work designed our shop’s warm and welcoming space.
Sam Slade Creates – Sam’s creative energies designed the logo, website, and helped bring to life the aesthetic on digital platforms and in the shop.
Ultimo Coffee Roasters – we proudly serve the excellent roasts created by Aaron and Elizabeth Ultimo-and are indebted to them for their advice and encouragement in operating a coffee business.
Volunteers – many friends have helped with tasks large and small, all valuable. I’m grateful for each of these hearts and hands: Gerry, Carey, Mel, Susan, Mike, Andrew, Phil


Welcome to Mt Airy Coffee – a unique coffee experience in a warm community space.

Among the most important attributes of a finely roasted and brewed cup of coffee, is connecting people. We find our favorite coffee at the center of conversations with intimates, or when we sit alone. A warm cup awaits us when we come in from the cold. A content smile comes across our face, and those of friends and colleagues, when we start the day with carefully prepared coffee. For every coffee story, personal connection is often associated with it, so when we at Mt. Airy Coffee opened our popup coffee shop during quarantine in 2021, centering people around enjoying the best cup we could prepare was the priority. Feeling the anxiety and loneliness of those days, our family sat and waited, comforted by coffee and each other. During the weekly popups over the next two years, we discovered among our friends and neighbors the shared desires of coffee and community. Something about the desire for a space to transition from popup to something more permanent. We found a permanent home for Mt. Airy Coffee in mid-2023, and are excited to open a cafe on February 10, 2024 at Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Emlen Street in West Mt. Airy.

Our featured coffees will be from Ultimo Coffee Roasters, a premiere coffee provider in Philadelphia engaged in Direct Trade business relationships with coffee growers. This ensures the highest price possible is paid for coffee beans in purchasing arrangements created directly with growers. We have selected a variety of roasts to brew on site: earthy and fruity, nutty and chocolatey. A full drink menu will include hot and iced drip coffee to espresso-based drinks, hot and iced tea, and seasonal specials for dining in or take-away. To complement coffee and tea, scones, croissants, breads, cookies, danishes, and bars from creative local kitchens will be featured. Bagels will be on-hand for breakfast, and – along with croissants – for lunchtime sandwiches. Our aim is to be consistent in quality, flavor, and preparation: focused on the details to bring you the full character of every cup we brew, and menu item we serve.

As excited as we are to bring this fresh menu to neighbors, friends, workers, and visitors to Mt. Airy, we are also thrilled to offer it in the fine space at 7101 Emlen Street. Surrounded by windows on two sides, the craftsmanship of Esote Woodworking and thoughtful design of French and Crane Architects gives the interior seating a natural feel. Bar-height singles, two-seater tables, and family style benches make the space accessible for individuals or groups of guests. Our love for Mt Airy’s trees and gardens is reflected in a relaxed and accessible space where you can enjoy coffee with friends and neighbors, both old and new.

The innumerable people who have supported our endeavour from the first popup to the shop launch have been incredible – thank you! We are in the final stages of contract work to fit out the space for building, health, and safety standards. The coffee bar, seating, and other finishes are near completion, and daily operations are being established. Since moving to Mt. Airy in 2018, we have developed lasting and cherished relationships. At our core, we are neighborhood people, so our intention is to offer the best coffee experience possible from the time you walk in the door until the next time you visit. Please continue to our website, sign up on the email list, and follow us on socials for regular updates. We look forward to seeing you on February 18th, and until then, be well!

Christopher M. Petersen

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