The labor of love for two old friends with extensive backgrounds in the field, OX Coffee is a unique, independent, specialty coffee shop and roaster 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. OX 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. Max has always been 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 Queen Village resident and digs Ray's Happy Birthday Bar, Chris' Jazz Club, and the Liberty Bell. He also has a twin sister, Caity.
Aaron moved to Philadelphia from the Lancaster area in 2018 to start college at Temple University, and the rest is history. Having worked at Starbucks in high school, Aaron wanted to continue working in the coffee industry, but move into a smaller shop. After applying at pretty much every shop in Philly, Ox answered the call and hired him on as a bar back. In 2019, he passed his bar exam and is now slinging espresso for the people of Queen Village and elsewhere! When he's not in the shop or studying computer science at Temple, you can find him at Union Transfer and other music venues, or running around the city taking analog photos of his friends. If you see him behind the bar, ask him what his favorite album is!
Hi! Former full time marketing nerd in the tech and video gaming industries turns towards a resurfacing love for coffee. This is my first coffee position, and I’m stoked to share it at Ox with a team that cares about ~*~ sick bean ~*~. After previous experiences in fine dining and studying natural wines, coffee is officially my second favorite fermentation! (cheese rules forever) Let's talk: pop music, food, gaming! Please bring more dogs to see me.