Coconut Draft Latte | Photo via La Colombe
Since February of 2016, it seems just about every human who likes coffee has gone on at least one loving rant about La Colombe’s canned Draft Lattes: so convenient! So frothy! How perfect is that strange thing you sip through?! Everyone, that is, except for the folks who can’t do dairy — they’ve been left to fantasize about what cracking open one of those cans would be like.
Well, my dairy-free friends, I’ve got a few squeal-worthy words for you: dairy-free La Colombe Draft Lattes. Earlier this week, La Colombe announced on Instagram the latest release in their super popular Draft Latte line, a plant-based and dairy-free take on the good stuff made with — wait for it — coconut milk. Can we get a hallelujah?
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Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes
The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.
And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)
Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »
Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)
As if we needed another reason to confirm Todd Carmichael’s distinguished greatness, the La Colombe CEO, who’s typically globe-trotting and thinking up plans to revolutionize how we caffeinate, just got political.
Last week, after Tom Hanks sent a new coffee machine to the White House pressroom, Carmichael followed suit by sending a shipment of coffee to the press corps. Read more »
Okay, so here’s the deal. Todd Carmichael–the man behind La Colombe, the man responsible for the caffeination of a significant percentage of Philadelphians on any given day–is kind of a weirdo. But he’s also kind of a genius weirdo because, among other things, he’s the guy who came up with the idea for putting La Colombe draft lattes in cans. (He also walked, alone, 700 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole, but that’s a whole other story.)
We now have two large pieces of news regarding both said cans and Carmichael’s inherent oddity (or, one might say, excellent marketing instincts). First, La Colombe canned draft lattes are about to be released nationwide in a bunch of big-name stores (something that’s never been done before).
And second, Todd Carmichael is launching a draft latte into space. Which has (as far as I know) also never been done before.
We have a video. You should really check it out.
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La Colombe has been going big into the canned/draft coffee market. In the past several months they’ve released their Original, Triple and Vanilla draft lattes, plus a Pure Black cold-pressed coffee in a can. And yesterday, they added a fifth product with their new canned Mocha Draft Latte.
It’s a cold beverage that includes frothy milk, cold-pressed espresso and real cocoa. A 4-pack will run you $12.
And La Colombe isn’t slowing down either. There’s another product in the pipeline already—the Pure Black & White, a cold-brew coffee with a splash of milk and pinch of sugar. The full La Colombe line is already available at Whole Foods stores all over the mid-Atlantic, and at select Target retailers nationwide. And in 2017, the local company is focusing on growing their national presence so that no matter where you roam, you’ll be able to get a can of coffee just like at home.
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Are you following Foobooz on Instagram? No? Then you may have missed our *hot tip* on how to make your La Colombe Draft Latte even better (flavor shots!). And more importantly, it is on Instagram that we’ve made our stand along with Billy Cress against Premature Pumpkin Spicing.
La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe
La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.
The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.
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WeWork has taken 30,000 square feet of space in the last surviving remnant of the old Schmidt’s brewery. It’s the office linchpin of the makeover now under way at The Schmidt’s Commons. | Photos: Courtesy WeWork/Max Hoagland
Small entrepreneurs and startup companies in Philly now have another option when it comes to flexible co-working office space.
This one comes with beer. And stadium seating. And a host of support services. And a community of other entrepreneurs ready to share their experiences and tips with you virtually as well as physically.
All of this can be found at the new Philly location of WeWork, the newest addition to the mix of offices, shops and restaurants at the Piazza at Schmidt’s. Read more »
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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What 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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