The labor of love for two old friends with extensive backgrounds in the field, Ox Coffee is a unique, independent specialty coffee shop committed to providing outstanding coffee and customer service in Philadelphia. Ox focuses on serving high-quality coffee that is harvested, processed and roasted using sustainable and organic practices. The shop is committed to giving back to the community not only by featuring local vendors, artists, and musicians, but also through educational opportunities that will continue to lay a solid foundation for a coffee-loving culture in the city. A compact, inviting and warm space, Ox hopes to bring back the coffee shop as a home away from home where neighbors and visitors alike can spend some time together and enjoy a great cup of coffee. Sorry, no wifi.
Will has worked in specialty coffee since 2005, starting as a barista in New York for Joe the art of coffee. He then spent the better part of a year in San Francisco with Ritual Coffee Roasters where he grew an interest in coffee acquisition, production, and preparation. Returning to NY, Will became the Barista Trainer for Joe at their 13th St. and Grand Central Terminal locations. He then moved over to Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn, working first in production then as a technician and finally as a coffee roaster. As a roaster, Will familiarized himself with the subtleties of coffees from around the world and gained intimate knowledge on the processes involved with growing coffee all the way through drinking a cup. Will always thought about having his own business and in the summer of 2012 his friend Max started talking about setting up a coffee cart. A few months later, Superstorm Sandy made a mess in Brooklyn and uprooted Will's then current situation. He called Max and they decided that they would give it a go and open a coffee shop-- in Philadelphia. Will has roots in Philly: his Grandpop owned a furniture design store over on South 4th and his Great Grandfather owned a jewelry manufacturer and storefront in Jewelers Row. His family also owned and operated Warehouse Imports in Manayunk for many years. Will loves coffee and he loves Philly. He's at the shop pretty much every day, but if you really want to see more of him, try the stage at Ortlieb's, the middle-priced seats at Citizen's Bank Park, or around the corner in line at Jim's Steaks.
In 2006, Max moved to New York to study saxophone at the New School. Shortly thereafter, Max joined the team at Joe on 13th St. where he met Will and quickly climbed from barback to senior barista, developing and refining a sophisticated pallet along the way. When he wasn't playing jazz clubs in the Village, Max competed and placed well in many coffee competitions in the New York area. He was a consultant for the Green Fig Bakery Cafe in Sunset Park and up until summer 2013 took shifts and worked special events for Third Rail Coffee and Joe (Rittenhouse). Max was always a fan and frequent customer of small businesses. Around 2012, he decided that he wanted to put his own spin on a coffee spot and started working through the idea of starting a cart in New York. He dreamed of a place that would serve exceptional, hand-crafted drinks in an environment welcoming to both coffee lovers and folks who prefer tea. When Will suggested working together to open a brick and mortar shop in Philly instead, Max jumped at the opportunity. Max is a new NoLibs resident and digs Ray's Happy Birthday Bar, Chris' Jazz Club, and the Liberty Bell. He also has a twin sister, Caity.
Originally from Roswell, GA, Nicole moved to the NJ Pine Barrens 10 years ago. She was introduced to coffee at a very young age when her dad would drink a whole pot (a whole pot!!!) every morning. She thinks it was Maxwell House but she's trying to forget. Aside from babysitting her 8 (eight!!!) younger siblings, Nicole's first job ever was at a Dunkin Donuts down the street from her house. There, she was introduced to the service industry and learned just how vital coffee was to the morning and the afternoon and the night of an average joe. After graduating from BCC with a degree in Fine Arts & Art History, she moved to the city and began working for Pasquarello Restaurant Group as a server and barista at Cafe Lift in the Loft District and soon worked her way up to become the GM for Bufad. Her interest in the skills behind creating delicious food and drinks flourished while a passion for beautiful and handcrafted things propelled her forward. She's always been intrigued by the natural collaboration of art and coffee as well as the unique aura of individual coffee shops. We liked her unique aura right back and are so happy she joined the crew in summer 2014. Oh, and don't ask her to pick a favorite flavor of ice cream. She can't.