La Colombe Raises $28.5 Million; Plans Nationwide Expansion

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There is no shortage of news coming from the La Colombe camp recently. As we, not so patiently, wait for co-owners Todd Carmichael and  JP Iberti to open their Fishtown flagship cafe and rum distillery, the Philadelphia based coffee roaster has announced it has raised $28.5 million towards opening 100 cafes in the next five years and has also released “The Dragon,” a $359 coffee making device that has coffee geeks salivating. This is all happening as La Colombe has been busy opening new cafes in Washington DC, New York and Chicago. And that’s not to mention that the original 19th and Walnut location is getting revamped and Iberti is a recent father.

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Six Pack: Coffeeshops In Philadelphia

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 Recently, I returned to the states from 5 months of studying abroad in Paris. One of the (many) wonderful aspects of living in Paris as a college student are the multitude of cafes that offer free wifi and a retreat from the bustling city streets.

My friends and I would rotate our preferred cafes before and after classes, feeding our caffeine craving and indulging in the pleasures of a handcrafted cup of coffee. Our ritual café crèmes were what we drew inspiration from while writing our midterm papers; they nursed us back to health after a long night out, and a really good café crème would spark long, somewhat philosophical debates. It’s remarkable what an extremely good cup of coffee can do.

Back now in Philly, I’m lucky to live in another city equally enamored of coffee culture. Philadelphians, like Parisians, are fortunate enough to have many high quality coffee shops to choose from and that list continues to grow every day. Below, I’ve compiled my six pack of the best spots in Philly to grab an exceptional cup of joe in an atmosphere that will deliver a jolt to your creative senses.

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Todd Carmichael’s Dangerous Grounds Returns Tonight

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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.

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News and Rumors About 2014 Restaurant Openings

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Michael Klein posted his 2014 Philadelphia Restaurant Forecast with all sorts of juicy bits of news and rumor.

Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy are going to be collaborating on another new restaurant. Not many details are revealed but we know Starr has been hiring for a new Italian concept in Philadelphia. Whether this is it or not isn’t so clear. But we have heard whispers of not one but two wood-fired ovens.

UPDATE: Michael Klein is now reporting that Starr and Olexy are going into business together in Fishtown. The next collaboration will be at 1526-30 Frankford Avenue, next to Philadelphia Record Exchange. The project will contain a vegetable garden and will open this spring.

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La Colombe Fishtown Seasonal Blend Is Available Today Only

la colombe fishtown seasonal blenHead to either La Colombe coffee cafes today or to Talula’s Daily, Gia Pronto or Jharoka at Urban Outfitters to try La Colombe’s Fishtown blend. Only available today, 11/12/13, the coffee is 70%Guatemala Finca Los Caballitos and 30% Ethiopia Gera-Yukro COOP. The flavor is described as “layered flavors of green grape, stone fruit, and a molasses-like sweetness with a creamy juicy body and a surgically clean finish.”

Get a cup or purchase a bag or can today only.

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Coffee Today

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Restaurant M is offering free coffee with breakfast today as the Washingtons Square restaurant launches a coffee club.

Dunkin Donuts is offering free coffee today because the Eagles won yesterday.

And for the month of October, Four Seasons and La Colombe will offer a pop-up coffee cart in the hotel’s lobby all month. From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily, the cart will be serving La Colombe speciality coffees including espresso, cappuccino, and lattes for $5. Enjoy your coffee Four Seasons style as you enjoy their lobby or terrace, relaxing while reading a newspaper.

Is This the La Colombe Fishtown Flagship Store and Distillery?


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We told you about La Colombe’s plans for a Fishtown roasterie and distillery back in June. But since then there hasn’t been much news. But an intrepid tipster was snooping around the city’s zoning web site and discovered this application.

PERMIT FOR RELOCATION OF LOT LINES TO CREATE ONE LOT FROM FOUR(4)DEEDED LOTS, EXISTING IN THREE OPA NUMBERS(1335-37, 1339 &1341-49 FRANKFORD AVE), FOR A SIT DOWN RESTAURANT IN SPACE #3, WITH ACCESSOY ACOHOL DISTILLERY, TASTING LAB, OFFICES, ACCESSORY STORAGE AND WHOLESAL ,RETAIL SALE OF DISTILLED ALCOHOL PRODUCTS. (SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON THE APPLICATION)

This certainly sounds like it could be the flagship location La Colombe has been talking about, complete with distillery. We’re waiting on comment from someone at La Colombe but it does seem reasonable that it is the La Colombe facility. The property goes in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association zoning committee’s on Tuesday, October 1st.

Check out this Vine video of La Colombe making their coffee filtered rum.

Philadelphia Magazine Kicks Off 40 Years of Best of Philly

Best of Philly 2013As pioneers of the “best of” issue, Philadelphia magazine is excited to be celebrating 40 years of this tradition. Starting today and running through the Best of Philly Bash on August 20th (for the first time in decades, the party will be open to the public), 40 events and promotions will be celebrated by former Best of Philly winners around the city and region.

And among those 40 events, many have to do with food and drink.

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