Bodhi Coffee in the South Street area of Philly fills a long vacant spot in the good coffee niche.
Text And Photo By Bill Walsh
South Street Philadelphia, while overrated in some ways and unbeknown in others, holds a cornucopia of great memories for me. I remember late nights walking the street, getting a slice of pizza and hanging out in a late night cafe talking theology with good friends.
Alas, it’s been many a year since I’ve been able to stay out past midnight but fortunately, South St is picking up some great establishments that are wondrous at any time of the day. One is a German place called Brauhaus Schmitz (amazing roll mops, wursts and pork) which I highly recommend on a nice day for lunch or dinner. The other place of recent existence is a coffeehouse called Bodhi Coffee.
Technically, Bodhi exists closer to Pine St on South 2nd but it’s clearly connected to the South St foot traffic. The shop is a narrow venue with but a few spots to plop down (in and outside) but since they use the space wisely, its more cozy than cramped. Bodhi kicks out Stumptown Coffee, serving coffee via pourover and standard drip as well as espresso in a no nonsense fashion. I ordered a cup of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Adado and an espresso of Hairbender. The Adado offered notes of bright blueberry, wheat, little blackberry tart and cocoa amidst a light but potent brew. The espresso, pulled short with a marbled crema, delivered ginger, dark cocoa, sea salt, bell pepper, black pepper and a nice sweetness. The tea is House of Tea.
I have to say that Bodhi fills a niche that has long been vacant in the area and to top it off, they do it quite well. Whether South street is a regular hang out or an occasional stop, swing by Bodhi for some delicious coffee.