WAKE UP CALL! Celebrate the launch of Snorri’s Awakening Coffee Pale Ale

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Set your alarms, because we’re celebrating the release of Snorri’s Awakening with a “Sleepwalk” bar crawl this Friday 3/27 from 6-10pm! Our coffee pale ale collaboration with Yards Brewing Company & Einstök Icelandic Craft Ale is the result of Todd’s trip to Iceland, featured in the upcoming Season 3 of Dangerous Grounds. On Friday, Snorri’s will be on draught at 8 locations in Fishtown. Be one of the first 12 Sleepwalkers at any location to win a limited-edition bottle of Snorri’s Awakening.

Here’s the lineup:
La Colombe Fishtown
Sancho Pistola’s
Johnny Brenda’s
Fette Sau
Frankford Hall
Bottle Bar East
Fishtown Tavern

Let’s get lively!

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The Honey That’s Worth the Sting: Panama Honey Geisha

cherriesWhat does Todd do with the best cup of coffee in the world? He tries to make it better.

Hacienda la Esmeralda, Panama’s most famous coffee farm, introduced the coffee industry to the wonders of the geisha coffee variety. Seeking an even more exclusive bean, Todd visited Hacienda la Esmeralda and personally staked out an area of coffee trees that didn’t even have fruit on them yet. He asked owner Rachel Peterson to use the “Honey” processing method to bring even more sweet geisha flavor to this exclusive La Colombe harvest.


It’s called “Honey” coffee because some of the coffee cherry is dried on the beans, imparting an earthy sweetness to a geisha already bursting with floral and citrusy aromas. But the process can be risky. Honey or full natural geisha coffees are especially rare, as many farmers want to take no chances with their valuable geisha harvests. When Todd roped off his trees, Rachel looked at him like he was crazy (Who, Todd?) and told him, “No.”

Luckily, Todd was able to convince her and his risk paid off. The result is the Panama Honey Geisha, an extraordinary play of elderflower, dates, and crème brulee tasting notes, backed by the silky sweetness of the Honey process. Pre-release quantities are limited, so order your taste of this exclusive harvest today.


FRIDAY: Public Cuppings at 1pm in NYC, Philly, DC, Chicago


Gotta cup ‘em all! Come taste our coffees side-by-side and decide which ones you like best. A cupping is an organized coffee tasting that allows you to experience the differences in taste and aroma between multiple brews. This Friday at 1pm, join us for free public cuppings at the locations listed below. Our Coffee Gurus will guide you through an exploration of our coffee offerings, and not only will you be that much closer to being a coffee expert, you’ll also receive a 20% discount on your cafe purchases after the cupping.



1335 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Hudson Square
75 Vandam St.
New York, NY 10013

924 Rear N St. NW (Blagden Alley)
Washington, DC 20001

Logan Square
2837 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

La Colombe @ SXSW 2015

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“Y’all can go to hell, I’m going to Texas!”

We’re fixing to head down to Austin for SXSW Music Festival. We’ve never been, but we heard good things and decided to check it out. Here’s a preview of what we’re getting into:


On Thursday 3/19, we’ll be posted up in front of East Side Pedal Pushers bike shop on East 5th Street. ESPP has been in the East Austin neighborhood for more than a decade, providing bike repairs and bike gear at a really decent price. We’ll be sampling our Pure Black cold brewed coffee and watching the people go by, so come visit!

Friday will find us at Friends & Neighbors, a boutique/café at 2614 E Cesar Chavez St. Our friends at Free People are kicking off festival season with a daytime music showcase, and they asked us to come by and keep it caffeinated. Details and RSVP for this event here: http://www.freepeople.com/fpfestivaldays/

But what about the music?! Here are the three acts we’re most excited to catch:


Thursday, 3/19:

Growl at the You’re Here showcase

Ground Floor Theatre on Springdale

Growl is young, but not green. A few of their members have been on the Austin music scene since they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Their sounds amount to upbeat indie rock that throws it back to indie’s early days. None of the pretension, all of the fun.

Friday, 3/20:

Jamestown Revival at the Free People Festival Days showcase

Friends & Neighbors, 2614 E Cesar Chavez St.

Childhood friends and Texas natives Zach and Jonathan describe themselves as strongly-southern indie rock. Blending rock, folk, and high-lonesome country, Jamestown Revival has a timeworn appeal that will fit perfectly in this backyard showcase.

Saturday, 3/21:

Mother Falcon at the Sweetwater Brewing showcase

Peckerhead’s on 6th Street

Best described as an “indie chamber orchestra,” Mother Falcon’s twenty members take their classical training to another level. Everything from horns, to violins, to banjos, to a piano joins a solid core of cellos to form a soundscape that spans jazz, indie rock, hip hop and more.

Keep up with our SXSW shenanigans on Instagram and #PureBlackSXSW. See you soon, Austin!

Our New Morning Routine: Homestyle Granola Bars


We can’t get enough of the new granola bars we’re serving at the Fishtown café. Our now favorite morning routine is to grab a bar and a pour-over of our latest single-origin coffee, which together form a delicious and super-fueling breakfast.

In the true spirit of La Colombe, these bars started as an experiment. A few weeks ago, JP asked our pastry chef, Angela, to create a hearty, homestyle breakfast bar. So she got to work, using spare moments to test out different ratios of butter and honey. The biggest challenge was getting the ingredients to hold together.

The weeks of experimenting were well worth it: the granola bars were immediately a hit. One customer came back three days in a row for them!

This recipe is easy and very customizable, so you can swap in your favorite nuts and dried fruits. For gluten-free bars, you can leave out the wheat germ and use gluten-free oats. One catch, if you’re not a super savvy chef, or don’t own a scale, converting the grams to cups and spoons could pose a challenge. Good luck, and Enjoy!!


Honey – 400 grams
Butter – 120 grams
Brown Sugar – 200 grams
Salt – 10 grams
Vanilla Extract – 2 tsp.
Oats – 400 grams
Pecans – 300 grams
Pistachios – 300 grams
Sunflower Seeds – 240 grams
Flax Seeds – 150 grams
Dried Sour Cherries – 240 grams
Dried Blueberries – 240 grams
Wheat Germ (optional) – 200 grams

1)   Toast nuts, seeds, oats, and wheat germ (optional) at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Stir halfway through to ensure even toasting.
2)   Melt honey, sugar, and butter together.
3)   Place toasted nuts/seeds mixture in large bowl with dried fruit.
4)   Pour honey mixture over nuts, stir well to combine, making sure all nuts and oats are coated.
5)   Press down into greased dish or pan. We use 16 ½” by 12”, but you can use a smaller pan to get thicker granola bars. Lay a piece of parchment or plastic on top of the mixture, and weight it down. You can use heavy books, or another pan with heavy objects on top.
6)   Let cool for 2-3 hours. Cut and enjoy!

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Yirgacheffe + Zero Defect = YirgZ


“Yirg,” for Yirgacheffe, “Z,” for zero defects. That’s right, zero.

Our new single-origin Workshop coffee, YirgZ, comes from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, a region is renowned for it’s heirloom coffee varietals. “Zero defects” refers to the fact that the beans are triple-sorted by hand according to size, color, and density, meaning only the very best beans make it into the roast.

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee or, as Todd puts it, “Ethiopia is the jazz hands of coffee.” Beans from Ethiopia are special, and Yirgacheffe in particular is known for producing distinctively floral, aromatic brews. Our YirgZ coffee is intensively sorted and meticulously roasted, resulting in the purest expression of the heirloom varietals it contains. Because there are no defects, you can experience the clean, pronounced taste and citrusy aromas that are traditional to Yirgacheffe coffees.

Brew it with care to bring out the tasting notes of lemon zest, peach, and vanilla. With no faults to be found, this sweet, bright coffee will please the perfectionist in all of us.

Buy it here: http://shop.lacolombe.com/products/ethiopia-yirgz-1


NYC, DC, PHILLY, CHICAGO: Free Public Cuppings on Friday at 1pm

Join us this Friday at 1pm for free, public coffee cuppings in Philly, DC, NYC, and Chicago. Cupping, an organized way of tasting coffee, is a great way to try all of our coffees side by side and figure out which one you like the best. Our coffee gurus will guide you through some of our blends and single-origin coffees, helping you pick out the unique aromas and tasting notes of each. Continue reading for locations.

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