There hasn’t been much visual proof that La Colombe’s flagship cafe and distillery in Fishtown was getting closer to completion. But Todd Carmichael snapped the picture here, showing a concrete floor being installed. We’re sure once a floor is installed, the construction pace will pick up.
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]
Photography by Trevor Dixon
Drew Lazor has a feature in the February Philadelphia magazine on Philadelphia’s best coffee spots. Lazor names the top fifteen places to grab a cup of coffee in Philadelphia.
And for the serious caffeine fiend, here’s how to pimp out your home coffee setup, so it’s cafe quality in your own house.
No Ordinary Joe: The Best Coffee in Philadelphia [Philadelphia Magazine]
How to Brew Your Own Coffee with Nest Cafe [Philadelphia Magazine]
Illustration by Melissa McFeeters
Most bags of beans feature their “roast date,” which is vital to your brew. “Under the two-week mark is the ‘Goldilocks zone,’” says Ultimo Coffee’s Aaron Ultimo. “After that, it starts to taste dirty and it starts to taste boring.” Never ask for your beans to be pre-ground unless “you plan on literally using all of that coffee within the same day or less,” says Lilly Vamberi of Federal Donuts.
Spend low on a brewer.
For home brewing, pros are fond of affordable pour-over tools, such as a Chemex, Bee House or Hario V60, that rely on gravity for quick brews; Bodhi Coffee’s Tom Henneman is fond of the classic French press. If you’re set on a dripper, One Shot’s Melissa Baruno suggests a Bonavita, which brews with multiple streams of water.
Spend high on a grinder.
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Graduate Hospital’s Beauty Shop Cafe will be replaced by The Gold Standard Cafe. The Gold Standard has an existing location at 48th and Baltimore where the cafe serves coffee, breakfast bites, sandwiches and even burgers. The location at 20th and Fitzwater doesn’t have a hood so its unlikely the new spot will offer as extensive a menu.
The Beauty Shop Cafe closed abruptly in May as it was sold to the Farmers’ Cabinet team who were planning their own coffee shop. It never opened under their management and has been vacant since.
A call to the Gold Standard didn’t reveal any more details but we’re looking for a call back.
Vice Coffee is opening on Friday, February 7th at 11 a.m.. The coffee shop is located at 1031 Spring Garden Street, just around the corner from owners’ Heather DeRussy and Charlie Collazo’s The Institute bar.
The coffee shop will be a little different than most, it will also be a used book store and tattoo parlor. The shop will serve One Village Coffee, Le Bus pastries and snacks plus housemade soups, salads and sandwiches. In addition to the coffee there will also be sodas and juices.
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In tonight’s episode of the Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds, Todd Carmichael goes to Nepal in search of a coffee for Stephen Starr and his Buddakan restaurants.
Check out the show tonight at 9 p.m. or DVR it and save it to watch on Saturday morning with a cup of fresh La Colombe coffee.
Himalayan Outpost – Dangerous Grounds [Travel Channel]
Almost two months ago, I decided to quit caffeine. To some, this might not seem like a big deal. But for all my jittery, six-cups-a-day friends out there, the idea of giving up that Venti double-shot cup of joy is about as pleasant as we are at 7 a.m.
I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy. Caffeine addiction is legit, and the withdrawal symptoms—including exhaustion, headaches, and the vague desire to yell at everyone who looked at me funny—caused me to cave in more than once.
But I am happy to announce that I am officially caffeine-free, and the results have been amazing.
Here are five awesome things that happened when I kicked my coffee habit:
This might be enough to help you kick yours, too »
Rival Bros. Coffee Roasters
West Philly / Rittenhouse • “People are slowing down and enjoying coffee culture more than ever,” says Jonathan Adams of the industry-wide trend of consumers happily exchanging a few extra minutes for a quality cafe brew. Turns out this still applies when there’s no actual cafe in play—Adams, along with partner Damien Pileggi, proves as much with Rival Bros., which dispenses its line of coffee and espresso from the window of a glossy tricked-out truck. They’re adding a brick-and-mortar location at 24th and Lombard. 33rd and Arch streets and 500 South 24th Street.
Elixr Coffee ➜
Center City • California native and coffee fiend Evan Inatome introduced Elixr to Center City in 2011. He’s since relocated to a larger looker of a space, one as driven by the ambitious ideas of his staff as it is by his sharp coffee curation, which includes beans he roasts himself: “I give the baristas a lot of control to express themselves creatively,” Inatome says. Such expression manifests itself in the form of events like art openings and a recent coffee-focused cocktail competition attended by hundreds. 207 South Sydenham Street.
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Season two of Dangerous Grounds premieres tonight. The show, which stars La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael, focuses on the adventurer and business owner’s trips to the far corners of the world in order to source coffee direct from the source.
Dangerous Grounds is on the Travel Channel and is shown every Tuesday at 9 p.m. In tonight’s episode, Carmichael heads to Mexico to find a coffee suitable for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Viewing party at Frankford Hall tonight »
• Ah ha! Coffee is not the hydration enemy! A new study found that guzzling lots of caffeine doesn’t actually leave you parched for water, despite all those coffee/dehydration rumors you’ve heard. [Runner's World]
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