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...]

The Coffee World Is Chock Full Of Long Distance Runners, And They Just Raised $34,000 For Women In The Congo

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The morning of Friday, April 25 was partly cloudy and cool with a light breeze. According to Guy Burdett, president of InterAmerican Coffee and veteran marathon runner, the weather was almost ideal for running my first foot race. Burdett declared that his favorite weather to run in "is upper 40s, low 50s, overcast, rain. I like the bad … [Read more...]

Enter The Dragon: Todd Carmichael’s New Coffee Brewer Is Outrageous (And Just Might Work)


Todd Carmichael, founder of La Colombe Coffee and host of the Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds, competed in the 2014 US Brewers Cup championships this weekend in Seattle. He did so as the Northeast Regional Brewers Cup champion, which is notable enough, but Carmichael is not one to merely, meekly meet expectations. Instead he used his time on … [Read more...]

Man Vs. Machine: Results From The Duel For Humanity’s Fate


History was made on February 19, 2014, when man competed against machine in a highly publicized coffee brew battle at the LAMILL Roastery in Alhambra, California. The stakes were high as provocateur Nick Cho manually brewed against Alpha Dominche president and CEO Khristian Bombek and his flagship Steampunk machine. It all started with "The … [Read more...]

President’s Day: Bill Clinton Visits Haiti Coffee Academy


Social media is buzzing as the former US President Bill Clinton visits agricultural projects in Haiti, including the Haiti Coffee Academy. The academy is a part of a 30-acre farm and is a collaborative project between coffee roaster La Colombe and the Leslois Shaw Foundation. La Colombe COO Tobin Bickley explains that the project is designed to … [Read more...]

An Interview With Todd Carmichael, North East Brewers Cup Champ!


Todd Carmichael, co-founder and green buyer for La Colombe, is your new 2014 North East Brewers Cup champion! Mr. Carmichael is known around the world as the host of The Travel Channel's "Dangerous Grounds" television program, and as a former columnist for Esquire Magazine. Where to even begin? Todd Carmichael is a divisive figure, and we've … [Read more...]

Is This The Most Elegantly Designed Cafe In New York?

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It’s 9:30AM on a Monday. The sun is starting to really stream in through the windows, and there is a 15 person deep line snaking all the way through the café. The morning rush. It’s all happening. This can be a hectic, high-energy time for a café--especially in Manhattan--with drink orders piling up, traffic jams of customers and lots of … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review for 11/10/12


Our intrepid intern Joanna Han (@joannakarenina) succinctly recaps our wild and wacky week. Do you follow her on Instagram? Her photography is really quite delightful. And yes, she is definitely a real person.  Sprudge LIVE!: Are you following @SprudgeLive on Twitter yet? It’s our brand new Twitter handle dedicated exclusively to live … [Read more...]

Tonight: Todd Carmichael’s Travel Channel Show Premieres


La Colombe Torrefaction owner and renowned travel adventurist Todd Carmichael's eagerly awaited Travel Channel series "Dangerous Grounds" premieres tonight at 10PM/9PM Central. Is Todd Carmichael the next Anthony Bourdain of the coffee world? Only time will tell. Until then, Travel Channel has released four promotional videos. The first … [Read more...]

Mr. Todd’s Wild Ride: The Carmichael Interview


As first reported on Eater, La Colombe Torrefaction owner Todd Carmichael's reality television show Dangerous Grounds will premiere on November 5th, 2012. Sprudge.com caught up with the globetrotting Mr. Carmichael, currently grounded in Haiti, drenched by Tropical Storm Isaac. Borrowing a nearby NGO's WiFi connection, Mr. Carmichael was able to … [Read more...]

Biotech To Revive Cuban Coffee Industry


In 2009, Cuba had the worst harvest on record, yielding just 5,500 tons of green coffee. Raul Castro had to personally order over $50 million dollars worth of imported coffee just to meet the demands of all of those thirsty Cubans. "That's not really a luxury I can afford right now so I'd rather we just figure our shit out here in Cuba," Mr. Castro … [Read more...]

Carmichael’s TV Show Is Really Happening


No, really, this is actually happening: Todd Carmichael is getting his own TV show. It's called "Coffee Hunter", and it's been confirmed by the Travel Channel for their summer line-up of programming. The details-adverse folks at Philly Eater have a Q&A with Todd: Where are some of the other places you're shooting episodes for Coffee … [Read more...]

Carmichael’s Makin’ A Monkey Outta Dixie


From the latest issue of "Garden and Gun" magazine, an interview with Todd Carmichael that will make you reach for your root vegetables and arm your rifle:   “To develop coffee blends, you taste the food—the traditional smokiness, the woodiness, the minerality of things from the earth—and go from there,” Carmichael explains. “In Portland, … [Read more...]

The Odds Are Good, But The Goods Are Todd: Video From Haiti


A green buyer with John McClane swagger and his surefooted camera man navigate through the rubble of a devastated Haiti. Headed to the coffee-rich mountains, hiking and car-sleeping and hitching their way to and from wild coffee forests, they're hoping to find top green to bring back to America. This is a terrific, captivating source trip film, … [Read more...]