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June 28, 2021

New café Forîn opens in Kensington with minimalist design, focus on local makers

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Forin Cafe Courtesy of/imaginfotografi

Forin Cafe from partners Seth Kligerman, Kyle Horne and Will Landicho is now open in Kensington. Guests can order coffee, smoothies and pastries, plus unique and inventive drinks on the menu.

A new café and "lifestyle hub" has opened in Kensington. Forîn is located inside Harbison's Dairy, a 19th-century refurbished dairy plant that has been turned into a boutique residential and commercial space at 2041 Coral St. The café's entry is on Deer Street.

It offers coffee, smoothies, pastries and bread goods. Forîn worked with Moonraker Coffee Roasters to help develop its co-branded Latin House Blend coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, amaretto, citrus and cherry, as well as its espresso, a blend of Panamanian and Ethiopian beans.

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The pour over list features options from various roasters. Triangle Roasters has three varieties on the menu, including a custom Ethiopian blend made exclusively for Forîn. Unique offerings include the Forîn Soda, with espresso, chaga, sparkling water and grapefruit, and the pistachio iced latte with espresso and pistachio milk.

Besides coffee, the evolving list of seasonal drinks currently includes a guava iced tea and the Harbison’s NA Spritz, with a non-alcoholic aperitif, local kombucha, soda and mint.

Guests also will find cookies and brownies from Darnel's Cakes, as well as bagels from Kismet Bagels and croissants from Au Fournil, plus seasonal specialties and pop-ups. A house specialty smoothie is made with yogurt and dairy milk from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-Op, banana, cacao nibs from Triangle Roasters and Blue Majik, a powder that transforms the smoothie into a blue, superfood drink.

Seth Kligerman, Kyle Horne and Will Landicho partnered together to bring Forîn to life "over their shared bond of worldly experiences and passion for hospitality."

"Because this is our first 'solo' venture, we really had the freedom to make decisions on who we partner with, what we carry and so on," Landicho said. "We wanted to make sure we used that power for good and elevate other small, independent businesses — like ourselves — that align with our values and provide products and experiences our guests can trust."

The lifestyle hub part of Forîn will work to welcome creatives and the community through its workspaces, programming, pop-ups and shopping.

Minimalist garments, accessories and home goods will be for sale, too, from independent makers, including Frunzi Ceramics, The Corner Store, Wynnefield Candle Company, SCB Naturals and more.

"Just as important to us as working with thoughtfully selected partners and creating a welcoming lifestyle destination was the actual aesthetic of the space," Horne said. "It was our plan all along to keep the design minimal, but impactful, which guests will see when they walk into the cafe. We really want to bring something different to Philly's scene and hope that people enjoy spending time in the space."

Below are images of the bi-color café.

Forin CafeCourtesy of/imaginfotografi

The cafe serves an inventive menu from local and regional producers, with carefully sourced coffees and pastries and breads from local makers.

Forin CafeCourtesy of/imaginfotografi

The cafe is located at 2041 Coral St., with the entry on Dreer Street.

Forin CafeCourtesy of/imaginfotografi

The design is meant to be 'minimal, but impactful.'

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