About Rival Brothers Coffee Roasters

In the fall of 2011, Jonathan Adams, a Philadelphia chef, and Damien Pileggi, an artisanal coffee expert, launched Rival Bros Coffee, a small-batch, custom coffee roaster. Childhood friends, Adams and Pileggi have spent years working to perfect their coffee. The coffee was first served out of a retro-fitted delivery truck, complete with a full cafe set up, at Love Park and Drexel University. In the spring of 2014, they opened their first cafe at 2400 Lombard Street.

Pileggi worked with Philadelphia-based La Colombe for seven years, including three years in San Francisco as their West Coast brand ambassador where he experienced an entirely different coffee culture. Rival’s blended coffees feature both the bright, fruited and acidic qualities of lighter-roast West Coast coffees and the thicker, intensely aromatic properties of rich East Coast coffees. The single origin coffees are all roasted on the lighter side and vary, of course, from country to country. The goal of Rival Bros is to create a coffee experience that is approachable, yet refined.

Adams, who spent five years as the executive chef of both Pub & Kitchen and The Diving Horse, has a long history in avant garde kitchens in Philadelphia, New York City and Spain, earning Philadelphia magazine’s “Chef of the Year” title in 2007. He has dedicated his life to food service and hospitality.

Adams and Pileggi grew up together just outside of Philadelphia in Bucks County and first started working together at Center City’s Davio’s and Brasserie Perrier.

Rival Bros coffee is roasted in the restored Globe Dye Works just off Torresdale Ave, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Globe is committed to providing artisanal and boutique manufacturers a collaborative environment to work in.