La Colombe Adds Weekend Night Menu

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Starting this Friday, La Colombe’s Fishtown flagship is kicking off a night menu of pizzas, hummus and a selection of desserts. The menu takes full advantage of the cafe’s baking operation and wood-fired oven. The pita, made by head baker John McGrath is finished in the wood-fired oven and makes a perfect vehicle for scooping up the hummus and accompanying pickled vegetables.

There is no such thing as too many good pizza options and on weekends, La Colombe will now offer its own Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to a 10″ Margherita pizza, there will be rotating red and white pies.

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La Colombe Gets Scientific with the Geographical Society and Monell Chemical Sciences Center

DarkAndStormy_webuseWhat happens when La Colombe CEO and host of the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds, Todd Carmichael, two scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia get together for a night? A completely elevated coffee tasting experience. And Science.

This Thursday, March 31st at La Colombe’s flagship location at 1335 Frankford Avenue is Dark and Stormy, a special event that explains why 100 million Americans drink at least one cup of coffee a day by looking at the science behind the drink, including the sensory experiences we have with our daily cup(s) of joe.

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La Colombe Draft Latte Is Only the Beginning

La Colombe Draft Latte in a can will be available March 1 | Photo by Alexander Mansour

La Colombe Draft Latte in a can will be available March 1 | Photo by Alexander Mansour

This morning, Todd Carmichael stood in front of the assembled media at his Fishtown cafe to show off La Colombe Draft Latte in cans. But as is often the case when Carmichael gets talking, there was a lot more shared.

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World Readies for La Colombe Draft Latte

Di Bruno Bros. Emilio Mignucci with a cup of La Colombe Draft Latte.

Di Bruno Bros. Emilio Mignucci with a cup of La Colombe Draft Latte.

Back in June, Todd Carmichael told Philadelphia magazine that he planned to revolutionize the world with his Starbucks killing canned draft latte. A bold statement for the founder of Philadelphia’s La Colombe but that’s the kind of guy he is.

Shortly after that statement, he rolled out draft latte at all his cafes in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. This week, Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse Square location at 18th and Chestnut Streets became the first external location to offer La Colombe Draft Latte on tap.

Draft Latte for the uninitiated is a frothy iced latte served from a tap system. The process allows La Colombe to pressurize the milk and give it a silky textured mouthfeel like a traditional latte.

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10 Biggest Business Deals of 2015

Philadelphia businesses made plenty of big moves in 2015. Everybody’s favorite coffee roaster got a new owner, two big universities announced a merger, and virtually every hospital seems interested in joining forces with one another.

Still, one of the biggest deals of the year — Comcast’s $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable — stalled after federal regulators recommended blocking it.

But there were still plenty of monster deals in 2015. Here are the top 10:

1. Jefferson Merges with Abington. And Aria. And Philly U.

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For Jefferson, 2015 was a year of huge changes. After fundamentally restructuring how the organization is managed in 2014, Jefferson ended its financial partnership with Main Line Health and began pursuing new arrangements. Read more »

Perks: USA Today Picks Philly Hotel as Best for Coffee-Loving Travelers

Freshly ground La Colombe, anyone? | Instagram

Freshly ground La Colombe, anyone? | Sean Bauer, Instagram

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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Laurel’s Nick Elmi Trying His Hand at Wings

elmi-coffee-wings-400Tonight, 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]

ThinkFest Recap: Todd Carmichael — The Coffee Revolution Starts in Philly

Todd Carmichael at ThinkFest.

Todd Carmichael at ThinkFest.

ThinkFest is streaming live all day. Watch ThinkFest here.

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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ThinkFest Preview: Todd Carmichael

See La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael at ThinkFest 2015.

See La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael at ThinkFest 2015.

Todd Carmichael isn’t your typical CEO. White shirt, tie and stiff attitude? Not a chance. Try T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap instead. Oh and he was the first man to make a solo trek across Antartica to the South Pole. And he has a reality show where he travels the world. Did I mention he worked for a Saudi prince and adopted four children from Ethiopia?

But the CEO of the fast-growing La Colombe Torrefaction has had plenty of adventures in the business world as well. Since the mid-1990s, Carmichael’s company has grown from one cafe in Rittenhouse Square to a coffee empire. The company is now on a quest to build 100 cafes across the country and its coffee beans are a staple on supermarket shelves across the country. Read more »

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