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]
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Chobani Founder Invests Big in La Colombe

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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 »

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’s Plan to Destroy Starbucks: A Canned Latte Worth Drinking

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

La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael 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. The best part is that there’s no ice diluting the drink and screwing up the taste.

But that bit of frothy good news is just the beginning. The company plans to start producing cans of the draft latte to sell in stores across the country. CEO Todd Carmichael thinks it’s a product that can seriously disrupt a market dominated by Starbucks and its bottled Frappuccino. Read more »

Philly Love Stories in Coffee and Food

love-in-philly-issue-feb-2015-cover-315x413The February, 2015 issue of Philadelphia magazine is all about Love in Philly. As part of the issue, we recorded five interviews of people talking about their relationships.

Included in the interviews are La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael as well as Jeniphur and Michael Pasquarello who own Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad and Kensington Quarters together.

Check out their videos here:

Check out all of the Philly Love Stories here »

TODAY: Preview LaColome, Yards, Icelandic Beer

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Maybe you’ve seen a can of the Icelandic beer, Einstök? The beer can features a too-cool-for-school viking, complete with hip sunglasses. I’ll admit I was sceptical as it felt a bit more Los Angeles ad agency than Arctic Circle. But it turns out it is a real brewery and not just a marketing concept.

Even better, Yards Brewing’s Tom Kehoe and La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael were recently in Iceland where they brewed up a collaborative beer with Einstök. Kehoe and Carmichael were in Iceland to film an episode of Dangerous Grounds and visited Einstök Brewery’s founder, Jack Sichterman. While there, they brewed a coffee pale ale called Snorri’s Awakening and you can preview it today at the Yards Tasting Room at 4 p.m.

Get to the brewery promptly in order to raise a pint with Kehoe, Carmichael and Sichterman, and figure out what the heck a Snorri is.

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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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This Is the $28 Philly T-Shirt Todd Carmichael Wore Around the World

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Todd Carmichael filming Dangerous Grounds in Madagascar. | Photo via Travel Channel.

Everyone has a favorite item of clothing. It’s like a security blanket or, at the very least, a no-brainer, throw-on-and-go option. These are the clothes we grab when we have two minutes to get out the door, the ones in the heaviest rotation, the pieces that are soft and worn in and maybe just a bit faded. For Duchess Kate, it’s her LK Bennett nude pumps. For Jennifer Aniston, it’s a pink triangle bikini.

For Todd Carmichael, La Colombe founder and star of Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds, it’s a red Duke & Winston Philly t-shirt.

See it—again and again—here.

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