Philz Coffee (Everything About Philz)

Philz is a San Francisco-based well-known coffee brand. They specialize in single-cup, made-to-order, pour-over coffee drinks.

They’re famous for their amazingly delicious coffee and unique blends which they make with a lot of care and commitment.

Coffee aficionados are always on the search for new or improved choices that will help them start their mornings. Philz Coffee is one of these forward-thinking companies that offers an extensive menu to adventurous coffeeholic.

Keep reading the article to find out more about Philz Coffee and whether there is any way to replicate their drinks at home.

What Is Philz Coffee?

A bag of roasted coffee beans.
A bag of roasted coffee beans

Philz Coffee is an American coffeehouse chain that is based in San Francisco, California. They specialize in brewing drip coffee and they’re among the famous key players of the third-wave coffee business.

The coffeehouse chain runs 66 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, greater Los Angeles, San Diego, Virginia, Maryland, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Chicago. Philz has also inaugurated its first mobile shop in San Francisco.

Philz was established by Phil Jaber and his son Jacob, who both reside in the San Francisco area. In addition to its extensive range of drinks and coffee, Philz also sells bagged coffee blends for its customers to buy online.

Following is an interesting video that will let you know the story behind Philz Coffee.

The story behind Philz Coffee

Coffee Blends At Philz

Refer to the following table that summarizes the unique coffee blends of Philz:

Dark and BoldMedium and BalancedLight and Bright
Tantalizing Turkish  
(Bold and bittersweet, with cardamom)
Silken Splendor
(Silky, with notes of citrus and toffee)
Greater alarm
(Bright, with notes of brown sugar and citrus)
Jacob’s Wonderbar
(Chocolatey, with hints of fruit)
Tesora
(Smooth, with vanilla and caramel notes)
Ambrosia Coffee of God
(Sweet, with honey and fresh berry notes)
Aromatic Arabic
(Syrupy, with hints of spice)
Philharmonic
(Creamy, with hints of cardamom and maple)
Dancing Water
(Soft, with hints of almond and chocolate)
Ether
(Complex, with cherry and cocoa notes)
Julie’s Ultimate
(Malty and rich, accented by berry notes)
New Manhattan
(Vibrant, with tropical and citrus notes)
Philtered Soul
(Sweet and aromatic, flavored with hazelnut)
Philz Coffee Blends

The Menu Of Philz Coffee

Philz has an extensive menu to choose from. Following is the list of their beverages with a short description of each.

  • Dark roasts
    • Ether: Dark and oily
    • Jacob’s Wonderbar Brew: Nutty and chocolatey
    • Tantalizing Turkish: Rich and dark, with hints of cardamom
    • Code 33: Oily, rich, and strong
    • Aromatic Arabic: A rich version of Arabian coffee
    • Julie’s Ultimate: Classy and floral.
  • Medium roasts
    • Tesora: Philz blend for beginners
    • Ambrosia Coffee of God: Warm and sweet, with nutty undertones
    • Philharmonic: Warm, with cardamom
    • Anesthesia to the Upside: Oaky and sharp, with caramel notes
    • Filtered Soul: Sweet and chocolatey, with notes of hazelnut
    • Silken Splendor: Warm, with nutty tones
    • It’s the Best: Soft and smooth
    • Half-Caff: Half Tesora, Half decaf Sumatra
    • Dancing Water: Smooth and delicate
  • Light roasts
    • Sooo Good: Smoky and sweet
    • Canopy of Heaven: Complex flavors
    • Greater Alarm: Highly caffeinated with sweet and strong flavor
    • New Manhattan: Earthy and distinctive
  • Decaf
    • Decaf Dark French: Bittersweet and full-bodied
    • Decaf Sumatra: Earthy and sweet
    • Decaf Ethiopian: Rich, silky and smooth
    • Decaf Organic Swiss Water Peru: Sweet, silky, and decaffeinated using the Swiss water method
  • Specialty drinks
    • Mint Mojito Iced Coffee
    • Ecstatic Iced Coffee
    • Gingersnap Iced Coffee
    • Jamaican Blue Mountain: Smooth and full-bodied
    • Mocha Tesora: Chocolatey
    • Hot chocolate
  • Teas
    • Black Tea: Strong
    • Chamomile Tea
    • Green Tea: Nutty and floral notes
    • Yerba Mate Tea: Smoky
    • Mint Tea
    • Istanbul Treat
    • Chai
    • Herbal Mint Tea

How To Order At Philz?

Ordering your drink at Philz Coffee is a bit different than ordering at any other coffee house. Following are the steps that you’ll need to follow to order at Philz.

  1. Look for a Philz near you. Unfortunately, Philz only has locations in the East Bay areas and San Francisco. However, you can always visit their online shop.
  2. Locate the order line. At Philz, you need to give your order first and pay for it afterwards, which is the opposite to what you do at most coffee shops.
  3. Wait to be called up. At Philz, only 4 orders are taken at a time as your coffee is made-to-order by the baristas. You need to wait in queue until you hear them say they are ready to take the next order.
  4. Select your drink. In case you are a new comer at Philz, ask for a recommendation from the barista. They sure know how to customize your drink according to your preference. However, if you are adventurous enough, you can go straight to try something from their extensive menu.
  5. Choose a size of your drink. They offer drinks in three sizes: small, medium and large.
  6. Let them know whether you want your drink hot or iced.
  7. Select a sweetener. At Philz, the available options for sweeteners are sugar, Splenda, Equal, Sweet’n Low, honey or stevia. Let the barista know how sweet you want your drink to be. You can have it unsweetened, light, medium, or extra sweet.
  8. Choose your milk or cream. The options to pick from are cream, whole milk, 1% milk, 2% milk, non-fat milk, low-fat milk, soy milk, almond milk, or vanilla soy milk. Tell the barista how creamy you want your drink to be: light, medium, or extra.
  9. Pay for your drink. Tell the person at the counter which blend and size you ordered. Price of most of the Philz’s blends range from $3 to $4 a cup.
  10. Wait for your order to be called. You will have to keep in mind which barista you ordered from as they do not call out your name but your order number.
  11. Give it a taste. Baristas will ask you to taste your drink while you’re still standing at the counter, so they can make sure it’s according to your preference. However, if the drink isn’t up to your taste, don’t hesitate to let the barista know. They can fine-tune it until it’s just perfect.

Does Philz Coffee Make Lattes?

A glass of latte.
No lattes at Philz

No, Philz coffee doesn’t make lattes.

They specialize in making made-to-order, single-cup, pour-over coffee. This indicates that they prepare each cup of coffee individually whenever they receive an order.

They do not offer any espresso-based or blended drinks, such as cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, or macchiatos. They prepare every drink by hand as a pour-over.

If you’ve never tasted Philz coffee before, I would suggest you try something out of the ordinary from their menu, such as an Iced Mint Mojito.

Is Philz Coffee Better Than Starbucks?

Although Starbucks is ranked higher than Philz Coffee in the list of top global brands, I think that Philz Coffee is way better than Starbucks.

The staff at Philz Coffee is always very polite and professional, and they are always willing to help you in selecting the best coffee according to your preferences.

They have a huge variety of drinks, baked goods, and roasts, much more than Starbucks, and each item on the menu is delicious and one of a kind. Their coffee is very creamy and frothy because they use heavy whipping cream.

However, the prices might be a little too high for some people and as the baristas take their time with each customer so sometimes, you’ll have to wait for quite a while.

To Sum It All Up

A ceramic cup containing coffee.
A ceramic cup containing coffee

Philz Coffee is a must-try if you’re after something pleasing and unique in your cup of happiness.

Their tagline “One Cup at a Time” highlights the care and importance they put in preparing each cup of coffee at their shop. And it’s reasonable to suppose that their hard work has paid off handsomely as they have a lot of loyal customers.

Though you won’t be able to sip on your favorite espresso-based coffees at Philz, they do have their own fantastic blends to please your tastebuds. They specialize in made-to-order, single-cup, pour-over coffee drinks and make sure that you always get an excellent drink every time.

The good thing is you can also make a comparable cup of coffee at home by buying beans from Philz coffee shops from their online store, just follow the steps from their website.

If you haven’t had Philz yet, I would suggest you let the expert behind the counter know that you’re a first-timer, and they will be more than happy to make something special for you!

Marty Spargo

Caffeine aficionado and coffee student (if there's such a thing!). I've come to love coffee in recent years and share what I learn along the way on this website.

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