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Passero’s Expands Into Coffee Roasting

Passero’s Expands Into Coffee Roasting

Author bio Michael Klein, the editor/ producer of philly.com/ Food, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column “Table Talk.”

Michael Klein, Philly.com – The Insider

It was January 1991. The city’s coffee scene was of two camps: regular and decaf. Espresso was the 5:24. A double shot was followed by sirens. Starbucks was four years away from Philadelphia. Jeff Lincoln and his wife, Linda, opened Passero’s Gourmet Coffee in a stand at Suburban Station, following it up two years later with a tiny shop across from the Academy of Music on Locust Street. The couple sold the company for four years ago to the Juan Valdez folks but took it back in 2010.

And now, Passero’s has opened a roasting business, setting up at The Loom at 3245 Amber St. in Port Richmond, with plans to open a retail cafe there in the spring. The hundred-year-old building has been converted into 90 artist studios. The cafe also will have a tasting/training space and a baking facility. The coffee bar is now Passero’s Coffee Roasters.

Frank Cianciulli, a longtime manager who was head roaster at Fonseca Coffee in Norristown, works out on a Diedrich IR24. Lincoln says he wants to have more control over the quality of bean. Most of Passero’s coffees are certified organic and fair-
trade.

Passero’s also plans to wholesale beans to other coffee and dining establishments.

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