Persimmon Coffee To Open First Brick-And-Mortar Space In Fishtown

The exciting coffee pop-up is about to open its very first store.
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One of Philadelphia’s newest and most exciting coffee pop-ups is getting ready to debut their first-ever full retail location.

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Persimmon Coffee is an independent coffee roastery and lifestyle brand founded out of a mutual devotion to genuine community, empathy, and storytelling. The concept was established by owners Chaereen Pak, Kai Talim, and Sawyer Beckley, three friends who crossed paths while working in the coffee industry at different stages of their life. The three were inspired to established a roastery of their own when they witnessed the kindness and empathy that was brought out of their community to address the challenges incurred by the global pandemic. Witnessing daily acts of kindness and respect for strangers and the elderly lit a fire in their hearts, and the three endeavored to use their talents to provide a safe space for any and every human being to be able to access the beauty and ritual of specialty coffee.

The name of the brand was inspired by the Persimmon fruit, which is native to China and eventually spread to Korea, Japan, and California. As a fruit that is often overlooked or mistaken for other fruits, the Persimmon is delightfully sweet, with deep Asian roots, and represents exactly the kind of story that Persimmon wants to tell as a brand – a story that welcomes people just as they are and reminds them that they are beautiful, complete, and enough.

The brand began as a monthly popup, doing service out of This Corner on a regular basis. Word of Persimmon’s superior quality quickly spread, and soon the brand began operating the popup on a daily basis full-time. Today Persimmon can be found hosting popups at Queen Village Bicycles in Queen Village, and Weckerly’s Ice Cream in Fishtown. Soon though, they will be serving out their signature coffee in a brand new space of their own design.

Recently, the team at Persimmon Coffee has secured the lease for their first-ever brick-and-mortar retail space. The new cafe will be opening up at 11 West Girard Street, right next to their friends at Weckerly’s who have been hosting their Fishtown popup. The new space is inspired by the design of coffee shops in Seoul and Japan, which make the most out of intimate spaces by utilizing bright lighting and open, minimalist design.

Persimmon Coffee will be serving their signature espresso-based drinks alongside drip coffee and matcha options. While the space does not have its own kitchen, the team has partnered up with the popular Bloomsday Cafe to provide fresh pastries to guests every morning. Most of all, the team is just grateful to have an opportunity to join the special legacy of restaurants that have inhabited West Girard Avenue for so many years. The street has been home to some very special Philadelphia institutions, and the team feels honored to be included among them. Pending any potential delays, the team is hoping to launch their Grand Opening in July, and you can follow Persimmon Coffee on Instagram for all the exciting new details on their upcoming store, or you can try out some of their quality beans for yourself by ordering directly through their website.

Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers is an author and playwright based out of Brooklyn, New York. A lively performer who is deeply passionate about history and literature, outside of his reporting he also produces short films and plays with his theatre troupe, the LSTC. He is currently producing a web series about a butterfly and moth who are roommates that will be released later in the year.
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