Having opened just last August, Alchemy Coffee x Keystone Wellness Shop quickly became a staple on the corner of 21st and Moravian streets. The cafe uniquely merges coffee culture with wellness, selling Keystone Wellness Shop’s CBD oils, herbs, and topicals alongside lattes and pastries.
Alchemy's interior is stunningly pristine, with all of its furniture and decor (yes, even the coffee machine) coated in a stark shade of white. But despite its immaculate, almost dystopian appearance, the shop is incredibly welcoming and comfortable. We sat down at one of the tables, tucked into our own aesthetically pleasing corner, and began sipping our drinks.
On one of the hottest days of an already–steaming Philly summer, we ordered the mint shakerato, the iced matcha latte, and the iced Moroccan mint tea to cool down.
The mint shakerato was a cool and creamy combination of frothy oat milk and fragrant cold brew swirled with crisp mint syrup. The drink was light but also indulgent, making the walk to Rittenhouse in nearly 100–degree weather worth it. The matcha latte was earthy and decadent, with a base of cold, velvety oat milk to temper the lush flavors of the matcha. And while Alchemy Coffee is known for its cold brew and espresso drinks, their teas are worth the stop alone. In spite of the iced Moroccan mint’s unassuming nature, the herbal tea was lightly sweet thanks to the fresh mint and incredibly refreshing—perfect for a scorching summer day.
Perusing the wellness display shelf nestled into a corner of the store, you'll find CBD oils, herbs, topicals, pre–rolled flower cones, and other various wellness products. There were also healing balms and assorted shirts that displayed the cafe’s easily recognizable hemp leaf logo. Clearly, Alchemy Coffee strives to be a place where people can simply relax, collect their thoughts, and unwind—the shop perfectly combines the caffeinated stimulation of coffee culture with the tranquility associated with the wellness industry.
Despite the peacefulness of the cafe, every table was full of people working on their laptops, enjoying a cup of coffee, or chatting with their friends. Alchemy prides itself on being a place where “coffee becomes community,” and through its delectable drinks and the cheerful crowd, it’s surely achieved that mission.
TL;DR: Stop by Alchemy Coffee x Keystone Wellness Shop for great drinks, great wellness products, and great vibes.
Location: 119 S. 21st Street in Rittenhouse
Hours: Mondays–Fridays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.