Camp Washington's Mom 'n 'Em Named One of the Best Coffee Shops in America by 'Food & Wine'

The coffee and wine hub has been recognized as No. 5 in the top 100 coffee spots across the United States

Nov 2, 2019 at 10:38 am

The team behind Mom 'n 'em, including namesake mom Theresa Ferrari (second from right) - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The team behind Mom 'n 'em, including namesake mom Theresa Ferrari (second from right)

Food & Wine magazine has bestowed Camp Washington's Mom 'n 'em coffee shop and wine bar with the honor of being named the No. 5 best coffee shop in the country. 

The national publication rounded up a list of the 100 best coffee shops in America after "more than two years of on-the-ground research" and named our very own Mom 'n 'em in the top 10, coming in just behind shops in hubs like Brooklyn and Los Angeles. 

The write-up calls Mom 'n 'em "more than just a place for the most expertly-prepared coffees in the city" and names it as a welcoming third place for the neighborhood, as well as an expertly-curated wine bar. 

Like so many other former San Franciscans, Tony and Austin Ferrari had only one problem with their adopted city, in which they had invested so much of themselves—would they ever be able to seriously put down roots? The two brothers kept thinking about home, Cincinnati, and their family back there, and all the things they could possibly accomplish, if they would only take the leap and go back. Today, they run three businesses in the city, including the cafe, which occupies the sensitively-renovated ground floor of a historic brownstone, deep into working class Camp Washington. More than just a place for the most expertly-prepared coffees in the city, Mom ’n ‘Em is placemaking at its finest, an all-day affair, a place for the neighborhood as much as for coffee perfectionists, a place that transitions rather seamlessly, as the day wears on, into a civilized place for a drink—that expertly-curated wall of wine bottles isn’t there for decoration. 

CityBeat dining writer Leyla Shokoohe agreed in her review earlier this year, writing, "Perhaps more than any other business, the coffee shop is the purview of the freelance journalist, and as such, I have frequented many in our fair city. I believe I have enough data compiled to say that Mom ‘n ‘em Coffee in Camp Washington, created by brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari, is not only a true rarity, but something truly special."

A “third place” that’s not home and not work, Mom 'n 'em is located inside a former 1890s home and is reserved for talking shop, drinking vino or a cup of joe and hanging loose for a handful of hours. With a table-and-comfy-chair-filled living room and dining room spaces, there’s a diverse offering of wines, coffee options, a full liquor license, snacks and even tinned fish. If you want to take a little of the Ferrari brothers’ spirit home with you, you can grab a bag of their special namesake-blend espresso, created in partnership with Deeper Roots Coffee. But it is best experienced in person.

The team at Mom 'n 'em posted about the recognition, saying "Days like today that makes it all worth it!!! Thank you @foodandwine magazine for having Mom ‘n ‘em coffee & wine as 1 of the 10 best coffee shop in America! ❤️ Thank you everyone, our family, regulars, and supporters! We love you tremendously!!"

List generator David Landsel says the ranking was compiled "primarily through anonymous shop visits, with no solicitation of free samples, and no acceptance of undue influence over the process." He visited Mom 'n em earlier this year and became a barista for a day.