La Colombe Coffee was founded by Todd Carmichael and JP Ibertiin 1994, its first shop was opened in Philadelphia. In 2015, the founder of the yogurt company Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, purchased a share in the company and raised nearly $28.5 million for its expansion throughout the United States. The company now has cafes in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, and Los Angeles.
The founders, Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti aimed to create a coffee that borrows ancient practices combined with modern brewing techniques in order to create a unique coffee that is of great quality and taste. According to Carmichael, “our aim is to change the landscape of coffee through obsessive innovation and the cleanest ingredients.”
La Colombe Coffee is known for its unique preparation of iced coffee: hot coffee is poured on top of a 16 oz plastic cup of ice, a double shot of espresso is added, and finally more ice on top before the customer’s addition of milk and sugar to their taste. The added espresso shots give the coffee a strong, roasted flavor that is different from typical iced coffee that is purchased from a coffee shop.
La Colombe sells the coffee beans that the use to brew their coffees in shops on their website, allowing customers to make their strong, roasted and tasty coffee in their own homes.
Recently, La Colombe has been developing canned coffee drinks, Draft Lattes, that can be sold in both cafes and retail stores. The drink, which contains no added sugar, is described as cold and creamy with a small amount of foam at the top.
In 2017, La Colombe was crowned with BevNet’s Best of 2017 Rising Star Award, an award that recognizes companies that brands whose performances allow them to make significant changes in their respective industries.