Coffee, Rum And Art–Tonight At The Barnes Foundation

LaColombeRumMany of Dr. Alfred Barnes’ commissioned artists, as famous as they are now, marched to the beat of their own drum at the time they lived and painted. So it’s somewhat fitting that The Barnes Foundation is partnering with La Colombe tonight to showcase Different Drum–the coffee roaster’s own rum at an event at the Barnes Foundation.

Rum cocktails at an art gallery? What could possibly go wrong…

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Drinking Cocktails at La Colombe

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

With each Philadelphia location of La Colombe now offering the sweet, creamy and impossible to resist Draft Latte (City Hall location gets it Friday) as well as flaky biscuits from the Fishtown flagship, I thought I might have less reason to head to Fishtown. But a liquor license is a fluorescent orange siren to us at Foobooz, and La Colombe’s cocktail list, empowered by the Draft Latte as well as the Pure Black on draft makes the coffee shop a must-visit cocktail spot.

La Colombe’s current  drink list makes use of those draft coffee offerings as well as the coffee-based beer, Yards’ Brewing’s Snorri’s Awakening. Of particular note, the Carte Blanche, a Different Drum Rum and Draft Latte version of the White Russian provides a delicious and amped way to salute Jeff Lebowski.

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Yogurt Founder Invests in La Colombe

Todd Carmichael, Hamdi Ulukaya and J.P. Iberti | Photo via La Colombe

Todd Carmichael, Hamdi Ulukaya and J.P. Iberti | Photo via La Colombe

The founder of Chobani Greek Yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya, has become the sole investor in Philadelphia’s La Colombe. Ulukaya bought out Goode Partners, a private equity firm that invested $28.5 million in La Colombe last year.

In a post to La Colombe’s blog, La Colombe co-founder Todd Carmichael said, “Hamdi and I share the same views and values about what makes a product and a brand great – and the impact that a company that makes great products can have on the world.”

Carmichael calls Ulukaya “one of the greatest craft entrepreneurs of our time.” Chobani has passed $1 billion in revenues.

For more on the deal, check out Biz Philly.

Chobani Founder Invests Big in La Colombe [Biz Philly]
A Note from Todd: La Colombe’s Next Chapter [La Colombe ]

Chobani Founder Invests Big in La Colombe


La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael frequently seeks out business executives that he respects, so he can pick their brains and learn how they operate. One of them is Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of the wildly popular greek yogurt company Chobani.

Soon, the two became fast friends — and La Colombe now makes a coffee brand just for Chobani (and its New York cafe) and the two traveled to Turkey for an episode of Dangerous Grounds, Carmichael’s Travel Channel TV show about hunting for the world’s best coffee beans. Read more »

A Perfect Storm in Center City

Fishtown-frankford-ave-photo-jeff-fusco-940x540Center City will be a packed whirlwind of activity tonight as Center City Sips collides with Restaurant Week to form some sort of perfect storm, that frankly, we’re not sure we want to be a part of. If that seems like too much for you too, we here at Foobooz have a suggestion, Fishtown.

Start your night at Fette Sau for happy hour where beers are half-priced and the burnt end sandwiches are $4.

From there, head down Frankford Avenue to Kensington Quarters and the meat appetizers that are made for sharing. The lomo and pork head cheese are particular standouts. If you aren’t going 100% meat, we’d recommend a pasta to break things up.

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Where the Booze Comes From: A Guide to Philly’s New Distilling Boom

Local distilling is taking off.

Local distilling is taking off.

Philadelphia has history in spades, it’s true. And while these streets may be haunted by the ghosts of years past, the present is full of a different kind of spirit.

Craft distilling has come home to Pennsylvania, pre-Prohibition seat to scads of small scale booze producers, and though the temperance movement put a damper on things for a good while, Repeal Day—and new legislation passed in 2011—has finally opened up regulations to get the stills firing afresh. Below you’ll find our favorite distillery pioneers in the Philadelphia area. Read more »

Headlines: La Colombe’s Shop on Independence Mall Opens Today

La Colombe at the Dow Building | Rendering: La Colombe

La Colombe at the Dow Building | Rendering: La Colombe

Coffee lovers, today is your day. La Colombe will officially open their very mid-century cafe at the corner of 6th and Market on July 1 (today) at 7 a.m., a rep from the company comfirmed to Property in an email.

The 1,700-square-foot space will celebrate the superb architecture and design of the Dow Building, originally built in 1964 as the headquarters of Rohm & Haas. That means you’ll be sippin’ some hot (or iced) java underneath some pretty stellar chandeliers, enjoying a fresh pastry or sandwich on the new outdoor terrace overlooking Independence Mall and even taking advantage of the newly constructed steps leading up to the cafe at 6th and Market.

Michael Klein of The Inquirer talked with Stokes Architecture about the overall aesthetic:

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Selfies with Philly’s Most Prominent Business People

Selfies - Business

Like it or not, selfies are a huge part of pop culture — and nobody’s too cool to take one, even Philly’s most prominent business people. For the July issue of Philadelphia magazine, we asked some of the most well-known Philadelphians to submit a selfie, and plenty of business folks obliged.

There’s master developer Carl Dranoff posing with a model of one of his buildings; Philadelphia Zoo president and CEO Vik Dewan with an eight-year-old male giraffe; La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael with Pat Croce at his Fishtown flagship coffee house; and Kelly Boyd of KB Consultants with her cute dog.

Check out selfies from the business and tech world below, and make sure to see all 75 selfies here. Read more »

La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael Set To Transform Your Daily Coffee Routine

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

“If you stopped by La Colombe‘s flagship location in Fishtown this weekend, you were likely offered a sample of its latest creation: The draft latte — a coffee and milk combo poured from a keg that has a semi-sweet taste and a slight milkshake-like texture,” reports BizPhilly on their interview with La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael.

Unbeknown to me, I was one of those people this weekend. When I walked into La Colombe’s flagship in Fishtown, I had no idea about Carmichael’s plans to package this drink and sell it nationwide. As I walked through the door someone asked if I’d like to sample the draft latte, and I looked at the long line ahead of me and thought, “Obviously.”

The result?

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La Colombe Wants to Replace Your Starbucks Addiction With This Better-for-You Canned Coffee


Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

Our friends over on BizPhilly just clued us in to a pretty awesome on-the-go coffee concoction in the works over at La Colombe. The Philly-based coffee company is planning on rolling out a better-for-you, cheaper-than-most canned coffee that folks can grab at grocery stores for an on-the-go caffeine fix.

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