Welp La Colombe Just Raised 28.5 Million Dollars In Venture Capital


The Philadelphia Inquirer quietly announced Monday that Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti, the co-owners and co-founders of La Colombe Torrefaction, had recently received a round of funding valued at 28.5 million dollars. "We picked up an additional class of shareholders," Carmichael told the Inquirer modestly, but he told Sprudge.com's Alex Bernson … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: ReAnimator Coffee In Philadelphia

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We've passed the All-Star Break here in Sprudge.com's third annual edition of the Build Outs of Summer, our roving global series that features new cafes in the process of opening up shop. Big cities, little towns, bicycle cafes, green importer tasting rooms, doughnut shops, multiple airstream trailers...you name a service concept, and we've … [Read more...]

Watch La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael Make Coffee With His Magic Dragon Brewer


This was a huge weekend for internet videos. Hunger Games fans got a slightly extended teaser trailer of Mockingjay. Fans of The Simpsons and Family Guy got a look at the one-hour crossover episode next season. And coffee geeks got an inside look at the Dragon, a brand new brewing device from La Colombe owner and Travel Channel star Todd … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Royal Mile Coffee Roasters In Haddon Township, New Jersey

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Who doesn't love a family business success story? Royal Mile Coffee is a literal mom and pop roastery in southern New Jersey. They've been selling their beans online since December, but the time has come for them to make the jump from femto-roastery in the garage to nano-roastery in a 128 square feet studio, part of a shared working space called … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: A New HQ For La Colombe In Fishtown, Philadelphia

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Philadelphia has long been a haven for interesting and beautiful cafes, and our friends and partners at La Colombe Coffee have been a big part of that scene since their founding in the city in 1994. La Colombe has seen a wave of national expansion recently, with new locations open or in the works in Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York City. But … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Square One Coffee, Philadelphia

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The city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania might not be on your specialty coffee radar, but the city of Philadelphia most certainly should be. We featured Philly no fewer than three times in the 2013 edition of Build Outs of Summer, highlighting new cafes from Joe, Menagerie, and ReAnimator Coffee. We open up our Philly build outs for the year with a … [Read more...]

Throwdown For A Good Cause In Philadelphia


Hold on to your butts! The Philadelphia Thursday Night Throwdown is happening tomorrow at the Joe on Rittenhouse Square (1845 Walnut Street). The shindig begins at 7PM and if you want to enter? It's just $5. For those who have never been to one of Philadelphia's legendary TNT events, expect brotherly love, local beer from Yards Brewing, epic … [Read more...]

Checking In On Philadelphia’s Joe, ReAnimator, And Menagerie Cafes


This summer we went hog-wild on Philadelphia buildouts: the booming coffee scene is quickly ousting brotherly love as the city's main object of affection. It seemed like a check-up was in order, so we've gone back to see the progress of three of these big buildouts: Menagerie Coffee in Old City, ReAnimator in Fishtown, and Joe University City. … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Menagerie Coffee, Philadelphia

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And lo, before us all there lay an ever-expanding field of build outs; Omaha, San Francisco, Helsinki, Hong Kong, and on anon, a vast expanse of new specialty coffee commerce spanning from sea to shining sea, and beyond. A manifest destiny of excellent new coffee bars. A plethora, a smorgasbord, a king's ransom in not-yet-open spaces. What began as … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of July 27th, 2013


Here’s all the coffee news you missed in the last 7 days —all in one spot. It’s like a really wonderful vanilla latte at Sterling Coffee in PDX on a cool summer morning. B4B Update: We caught up with Joe NYC manager and longtime specialty coffee person Carrie Webster to find out how she’s doing since she was diagnosed with breast cancer back in … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: ReAnimator Coffee Roasters In Philadelphia


Keep' em coming! Don't stop til you get enough...Build Outs of Summer. For today's feature we're checking out ReAnimator Coffee, coming soon to Philadelphia and located in that city's eminently cool Fishtown neighborhood. The folks at ReAnimator are already up and roasting in nearby Kensington - you can shop for their coffee here - but this cafe … [Read more...]

Joe Live And Direct In Philly Town, Rap And Hype And They Can Brew Down


Joe Coffee has officially opened its doors in Philadelphia with a brand new cafe in Rittenhouse Square, at 1845 Walnut Street. This new cafe is serving coffee roasted exclusively in-house by the venerable New York chain, a first for any of their now 9 locations. Sprudgie Award winner Liz Clayton has a first hand account via Serious Eats: A coffee … [Read more...]

Philly: 5 Questions With Tim Noble of Town Hall Coffee

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Good news, Philadelphia: Town Hall Coffee is expanding to a brand new (ultra-swank) location, scheduled for the week of April 16th. On the eve of him opening a second edition of Town Hall Coffee, we sat down with owner & entrepreneur Tim Noble via the internets to pick his brain, quiz him on the deets, and check in on the Philly coffee … [Read more...]

Fermentation & Fruit Bombs Road Show: Philly Putty


Sprudge.com co-founder Zachary Carlsen is embedded all week long in the traveling caravan that *is* Counter Culture Coffee’s Fermentation & Fruit Bombs road show. Read our coverage from Boston here and here. Barreling south from Boston, bound for Philly, the Fermentation & Fruit Bombs road show trekked through stormy weather and … [Read more...]

Philly & Boston: Open House Events For Counter Culture


Long in the works, our partners at Counter Culture Coffee now have firm dates and opening events planned for their new Training Center outposts in Boston and Philadelphia. CCC Training Centers are community outposts for the Durham-based coffee roaster, where labs and seminars are held along with meet-ups, weekly public cuppings, and the occasional … [Read more...]

Philly: Stuff Is Happening In You!


Hey Philadelphia! It's been too long since we hung out with you, but still you soldier on, being awesome, sweating your way through the summer months and giving forth sweet droplets of news. Let's check in, shall we? Counter Culture Coffee are soon to opening their newest Training Center, with details a plenty available at the Counter Culture … [Read more...]