This spring, Elkins Park will get the first local look at Caffebene, a coffee shop chain based in South Korea with more than 1600 locations around the globe — including a growing number in the US, mostly around New York and Los Angeles. The first Philly-area location hopes to open by the end of March, on Cheltenham Avenue near Asian grocery mecca H Mart.
In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, Caffebene specializes in bubble tea and a grain-based drink called misugaru. The caffeine-free, multi-grain mix can be sampled hot or cold, in lattes and frappes.
The cafe will also serve food, including a handful of sandwiches but leaning more heavily toward desserts. The sweet selection includes topped waffles and honey bread, gelato, and bingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert with toppings like fresh fruits or red bean paste.
Caffebene, 1333 West Cheltenham Avenue, Elkins Park, opening spring 2015.