Over the last few weeks, I’ve tried several local roasters and coffee shops, and I’ve really been enjoying getting to know the local coffee scene more. So when Emily Kovach of HubBub Coffee invited me to have a cuppa joe with her at their Radnor coffee shop, I was all in. Still being somewhat new to the area, I had only tried HubBub once before, but hadn’t yet visited any of their three Philly-area shops. This shop on the Main Line is their newest, with the others being in Center City at 1717 Arch Street, and across the street from their original truck location at 3736 Spruce St.
I got to hear a lot of the history behind HubBub Coffee from Emily, including the story of how the company began as a coffee truck, born out of the memories of the cozy, street corner coffee kiosks that owner Drew Crockett came to love while spending time in Australia. When he returned to Philly, he wanted to recreate that same spirit, and finally did so by offering his coffee from the window of a small truck that ultimately became his own coffee company origin.
The Radnor shop is a really warm and inviting space. It’s stylishly designed, decorated in lots of natural wood with pops of brightness (like the red chairs) scattered throughout. The laid back atmosphere is definitely there, which is essential in achieving the coffee shop vibe that all shops strive for.
The long counter is fully stocked with brewing equipment for just about anything your coffee-loving heart could want. They serve a lot of your standard drinks like pour overs, espresso, chai, cold brew and more. The baristas were very friendly and seemed pretty knowledgeable about the beverages they served.
As we sat and talked about the history of HubBub, my 10-year old boy Steven and I enjoyed one of their delicious cinnamon rolls. HubBub uses local food purveyors to provide the delicious snacks that they serve at all of their stores. Our pastry was made by a local bakery in Narberth called Au Fournil. They also serve donuts by Dottie’s Donuts, bagels by The Original Bagel in Broomall and lots of other yummy treats. Just about everything – even down to the peanut butter they use – is locally sourced. That’s just awesome.
I tried their Nitro cold brew coffee, which was done really well. It’s one of my favorite summer treats. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend that you give it a go when you visit. For those who are not familiar with the Nitro brew, the coffee is pushed through the tap with nitrogen; the nitro bubbles are much smaller than carbon dioxide, so rather than being bubbly and fizzy it’s smooth and creamy. The nitrogen ascends to the top to create a small layer of foam. The resulting drink really highlights the coffee’s flavor profile, and it’s devoid of bitterness.
I also sampled an Iced latte, which is made with whole milk from Trickling Springs Creamery out of Chambersburg, PA. It too was refreshing and delicious.
Another really cool thing about HubBub is that you can now get their cold brew coffee poured into a growler to take with you. To me, this would be perfect to carry out when you stop in for your morning cup. Trust me, your office mates will thank you! This would be awesome to take to a picnic, cookout, or even to the shore. What’s even better is that you can now actually get this delivered…um, yeah, that’s right…DELIVERED…throughout the Philadelphia area thanks to HubBub’s partnership with Caviar food delivery!
HubBub recently started roasting their own coffee, and now sells beans at all of their shops. They also feature several guest roasters throughout the year and offer bags of their coffee as well. Smaller, upstart roasters around the country are getting some extra exposure thanks to HubBub. Current Single origin, guest roasters include Metric Coffee out of Chicago, Neat Coffee out of Connecticut, and ReAnimator from right here in Philly.
They also recently started offering Juice Hub juices, a 100% raw and organic, cold pressed juice line made locally by Juice Dr. in Ardmore. Emily generously offered me a couple of bottles to sample. I’m now a big fan! I especially loved the pineapple, carrot, turmeric and lime version. Sweet. Spicy. Delicious.
I really enjoyed spending the afternoon visiting Hubbub Coffee and learning about the company. It’s a great local business that is truly passionate about supporting other local businesses. I love that. They are sincere in their quest for producing the best coffee available, and then providing that product to the people of Philadelphia. It’s a business I will definitely continue to support.
And you can too….
HubBub Coffee has generously offered a gift pack to give away to one of my readers which includes a $10 gift card and other cool HubBub swag! It’s the perfect way to introduce you to their product (you can use the gift card at any of their three shops). If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post, or on any of my social media sites, and let me know your favorite coffee drink. I will randomly choose a winner on Sunday evening, 7/24, at 11:00pm. I will announce the winner here on Monday morning!
I’d like to thank Emily and HubBub Coffee for generously providing samples of their products as part of this review. All opinions are my own.
HubBub Coffee is located at 232 N. Radnor Chester Rd, Radnor, PA 19087 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 6:00pm, and Saturday – Sunday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. For more info on HubBub, feel free to visit their website, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.