Friday, August 17, 2012

Hothouse Coffee Now Open at BMFI

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Manager, BMFI

 Coffee lovers, you’ve found a new home. After extensive renovations, the café at Bryn Mawr Film Institute has reopened as Hothouse Coffee.

Beautifully redone, the new café feels modern and welcoming, with gleaming metal, warm wood, and teal accents. Under the design team at Form A+D Architecture, the space has been updated with a polished zinc counter, a new walnut floor, and striated bamboo tables and counter facing. Fresh flowers and some understated floral accents complement the name, which was inspired by BMFI’s light-filled atrium. And, for those who are looking to do some computer work, they’ve added additional outlets as well!

A full range of drinks are already available. Soon they’ll soon feature pour-over coffee, the latest trend: you choose your espresso blend and they’ll grind the beans to order, providing the freshest cup o’ joe you can get.

Hothouse Coffee owner Natalia Carignan poses in her newly redone cafe. 
They’re also expanding the menu.

“We’re introducing new items weekly,” says Natalia Carignan, the owner of Hothouse Coffee. “We want to do it right, so we’re going slowly. We have many new purveyors and are now offering delicious turkey from Koch’s Turkey Farm—the best I’ve ever tasted—and breads from Hudson Valley, NY. We’re also featuring cheeses and hams from Green Valley Farms and cookies from Tate’s Bake Shop in New York City. We’ll slowly introduce new desserts and will offer a cheese tray, new salads, and more.”

Her favorite new offering? She recommends their ham panini featuring savory meat from Lancaster County and a caramelized onion and balsamic marmalade.

“My exchanges with my customers are the most exciting part for me,” says Natalia, a graduate of the Art Institute’s culinary program. “I want Bryn Mawr to be vibrant and for Hothouse to be an active part of the community, a place where customers can come relax and enjoy good things.” (We feel the same way, Natalia.)

As always, BMFI patrons are invited to bring food and drink from Hothouse Coffee into the movies, and you get a 10% discount at the café when you show your ticket stub.

Devin Wachs is the Public Relations Manager for Bryn Mawr Film Institute. She joined BMFI in 2005, following her graduation from Bryn Mawr College. If you send BMFI a message on Facebook or Twitter or are interested in onscreen sponsorships, she's the one who'll be in touch!


  1. Service varies wildly. I've been there 4 or 5 times, 2 of them good experiences, one fair, one middling, and the last time terrible. People behind the counter don't always pay attention to those waiting in line, whether it's busy or not. Drinks don't always come out right. It's disappointing, but I won't bother to go back.