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Lookin’ for a hotel with some serious perks for coffee-enthusiasts? USA Today recently compiled a list of the 5 best hotels for coffee-lovers across the globe, and one Center City establishment is near the top of the heap.
ROOST Apartment Hotel, an urban-chic extended stay brand that revamped the upper floors of the Packard Building at 15th and Chestnut, ranks #3, specifically due to their coffee program and Coffee Concierge.
Essentially, ROOST supplies guests with nearly $750 in high-end coffee making equipment (and instructions) in order to encourage residents to brew the most incredible coffee they've ever made. Perhaps the best part: it's local.
"All of the property’s apartments include a tin of La Colombe whole beans, a 6-cup Chemex Coffee Maker, Hario Drip Scale, Bonavita Electric Kettle, and Baratza Virtuoso Grinder," says the listicle in USA Today. Want the coffee shop experience in your room? You can call the Coffee Concierge to do it for you. Boom.
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Tonight, Nick Elmi of Laurel on East Passyunk is creating wings for Sidecar Bar and Grille’s monthly “Wing Thing.” Elmi, who clearly needs help in the kitchen, is bringing in his coffee friend, Chris Miller, lead roaster of La Colombe, who will be helping to make La Colombe Coffee Cured Wings with Eddie’s habanero squash sauce and benne seeds.
The wings will try and take down my wing creation that by all accounts (or at least my account) are the best wings ever. But the Top Chef winner probably has a shot at second best; with coffee and a habanero sauce, at least Tom Colicchio won’t be able to complain they’re under-seasoned.
Elmi and Miller will be at the Sidecar starting at 5 p.m. and the wings will be on the menu for the rest of the week.
Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant BYOB in the kitchen for this month's 'Wing Thing' [Facebook]
Todd Carmichael at ThinkFest.
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As usual, La Colombe Torrefaction CEO Todd Carmichael was a ball of coffee-fueled energy on Friday morning.
During his session at ThinkFest 2015, Carmichael called out large food companies for failing to innovate and choosing profits over quality. He even said he's leading a new coffee revolution and called out Starbucks and Keurig Green Mountain (maker of K-Cups) for being "too big to lead."
The revolution, he said, is coming in the form of canned and kegged draft lattes — something he thinks will destroy the iced coffee market due to its "luxurious" taste and texture. In typical Carmichael form, he took off his blazer just a few minutes into his talk.
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