PHILADELPHIA — Sept. 14, 2023 —Perhaps unexpectedly, we have the Eagles to thank for a local coffee company opening its newest location at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Elixr Coffee Roasters will debut in the connector between Terminals B and C, in winter 2024.
Evan Inatome, founder of Elixr Coffee Roasters, is the brother-in-law of former Eagle Winston Justice. Inatome came from Southern California for a family visit in 2010 and was excited by the Philly food scene. Soon after, with Winston as his partner, Inatome started a business on 15th Street in Center City. PHL will be the popular coffee shop’s fifth location.
Inatome’s global travels and personal passion for coffee, especially its power to bring communities and cultures together, inspired the creation of Elixr. The concept began as a traditional coffee shop, serving high-end, light-roast and sometimes exotic coffees curated from locations around the world.
In 2011, Elixr evolved to add an international roasting operation under its own proprietary brand, focusing on single-origin coffees, sourcing beans from dedicated farms and specific regions. The result delivers a unique flavor profile, with a richness and purity that coffee experts will identify as top of the market—and casual coffee drinkers will embrace as simply great-tasting. “Las Brumas Pacamara, El Salvador,” and “Rungeto Kii, Kenya,” are two standouts, among a growing selection of at least a dozen more.
“Having started our business in Philly, it’s particularly exciting to open our newest location at PHL, where a diverse offering is essential,” said Inatome. “We’re going to help every person enjoy their individual journey, no matter where they’re going or why.”
An excellent cup of coffee starts with superior beans, of course, but it’s further decided by the method of preparation. At Elixr, Chemex® pour-over brewing allows baristas to elevate the taste by controlling the temperature and strength of the brew. All equipment is state-of-the-art and state-of-the-craft.
In addition to hand-pours, Elixr’s menu boasts a wide range of options such as espresso, cappuccino, teas, various cold drinks, coffee milkshakes and more. There are also seasonal made-to-order specialty options like a Butterscotch Pink Peppercorn Latte and Strawberry Oat Milk Latte. A menu of pastries and other coffee complements often changes with the seasons.
The environment where the sipping occurs matters too. Elixr’s interiors are influenced by Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy emphasizing the beauty of simple forms, featuring raw and natural architectural materials. Meant to inspire peace and calm, Elixr’s vibe is the perfect respite in the hustle-bustle of one of the country’s busiest airports.
“From cappuccinos to cold brews, Elixr Coffee Roasters’ robust and brewed-to-perfection coffee menu offers PHL passengers a cup of joe for every occasion,” said Mel Hannah, Vice President and General Manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We’re more than proud to present this Philly-founded business as the latest addition to PHL Food & Shops’ 170-plus lineup of shops and restaurants.”
Elixr’s airport location will join its Rittenhouse Square flagship, as well as locations in State College, Pa., and Nashville, Tenn. Elixr also supplies wholesale coffee to other restaurants and businesses throughout the U.S.
For more information, visit PHLfoodandshops.com
ABOUT MARKETPLACE PHL, LLC
MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail programs throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program offers more than 170 shops, restaurants and services. The MarketPlace PHL portfolio features local Philly favorites, as well as regional and national brands. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit PHLFoodandShops.com.
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