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Philz: A Coffee Revelation

Updated on July 23, 2011

My Conversion

I have been drinking Starbucks coffee drinks since high school. As you may be able to deduce, I am quite a fan. Taking a liking to the Starbucks brand is highly convenient, as there is a location in practically every city (and three in Los Gatos).

So when I say that I drove 30 miles to grab a Philz coffee today, rather than stopping at my nearest Starbucks, that should tell you something. Something about the power of Philz coffee.

Though I spent four years of my life at Stanford (a mere 4 miles from Philz), I was not introduced to this heavenly place until recently. I must either thank the friend who did so profusely (you know who you are) or curse her very existence. Now I crave Philz on a daily basis. Luckily I work closer to Philz than I live, otherwise this obsession of mine would be far less manageable.

The storefront for the location on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto
The storefront for the location on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto
The Palo Alto location features outdoor seating areas perfect for sipping coffee while surfing the web with free wi-fi
The Palo Alto location features outdoor seating areas perfect for sipping coffee while surfing the web with free wi-fi

What is Philz Coffee?

“Like Frank Sinatra was born to sing, I was born to make coffee.” Phil Jaber, founder of Philz Coffee

Philz began in San Francisco in 2003. It has since expanded to include a total of seven locations (soon to be eight) with four still in San Francisco. Founder Phil Jaber had been working with coffee blends long before he began selling them to the public, and his passion for coffee shows in each cup brewed.

Because that is how his coffee is made. The slogan "One cup at a time" perfectly describes their system. You order one of twenty of their unique blends, and your cup will be brewed at a drip station to your specifications. Most orders are sweetened with brown sugar and cream, but other additions (honey, soy milk, etc) can be requested. The most popular way to order a cup? Medium/medium, not too light or too heavy on sugar and cream.

A small mint mojito, sadly empty, you can see the fresh mint used to create this sinful drink.
A small mint mojito, sadly empty, you can see the fresh mint used to create this sinful drink.


It can be intimidating to walk into Philz for the first time and be given the important task of choosing one blend to try. Luckily, Philz employees are incredibly knowledgeable. Tell them what you usually look for in a cup of coffee or espresso drink, and they will be able to recommend something with which you will most likely fall in love. But if you want to go in with a game plan, here are a few of my personal favorite blends:


"Seven years in the making and the first blend to ever be created, the Tesora is a treasure that consists of the most valuable and complex jewels of coffee. If it is your first time visiting Philz coffee, we highly recommend you order our Tesora blend. Tesora, A grand representation of our coffee and the way coffee should taste!" -Philz description

As recommended, this was the first blend I tried. It has a wonderful chocolatey flavor that hits the spot!

Philtered Soul

"A medium dark roast coffee at its sweetest. The Philtered soul has a burst of chocolate with an overwhelmingly satisfying aftertaste sure to please your souls’ deepest desires. A favorite of all coffee drinkers who possess a sweet tooth." -Philz description

This blend has bursts of chocolate, but to me, it is the nutty flavor that comes out strongest. If you are a fan of hazelnut lattes, you will become enraptured with this smooth cup of coffee. It is also a great blend to enjoy with a nice chocolate cookie on the side.

New Manhattan

"One of our new blends filled with busy, energetic flavors that cater to the serious coffee lover. This medium roast is coupled with an earthy aroma and a wine-like taste that will ensure you start your day off right. The New Manhattan is a distinctive blend that is a must-try for the risque." -Philz description

This blend had me at "wine-like." I do not know if I taste wine, but the complexity of its flavors (too many to begin to categorize) begs the comparison and makes this an intoxicating drink.

Mint Mojito

“And I said to myself, how can I make the desert green?… Because no one can make the desert green. So the first thing that came to mind, I went to the backyard and I get the mint. I cut like the top three leaves… and put it there.” -founder, Phil Jabar

A poetic description of how this delightful creation came to be. The mint mojito at Philz contains no alcohol, but it does come with a handful of fresh mint leaves muddled at the bottom of each cup. The base of this fresh treat is the Ecstatic Iced Coffee blend, a worthy choice on its own, but the mint elevates it to a heavenly level.

One pound ground Julie's Ultimate, on special for the month of July.
One pound ground Julie's Ultimate, on special for the month of July.

When you can't come to the store...

...let the store come to you! You can order any of Philz twenty blends for home delivery. Just choose your desired blend and grind and be prepared to have the perfect cup of coffee at home. You can also schedule for your favorite coffee to be delivered weekly or monthly with Philz Coffee Subscriptions.

And yes, Philz offers great gift ideas for any coffee lover on your shopping list.

Note: If I have not been clear enough, friends, let me be now. When shopping for me, feel free to use the above links. :D

Philz Locations

3101 24th St. at Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94110:

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The original Philz!

201 Berry St. San Francisco, CA 94158:

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4023 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94114:

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748 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102:

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1600 Shattuck Ave. at Cedar Berkeley, CA 94709:

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118 Paseo de San Antonio San Jose, CA 95112:

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3191 Middlefield Rd at Loma Verde Ave Palo Alto CA 94303:

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My preferred location.

101 Forest Ave Palo Alto CA 94301:

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Coming Soon!


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    • Megan Kathleen profile imageAUTHOR

      Megan Kathleen 

      7 years ago from Los Gatos, CA

      Hope you love it as much as I do! Thanks for the comment.

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum. I a ma coffee lover and the local barista introduced me to his new assistant as a Purist. So I will give Philz a shot, pun intended. Thanks, HB.


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