The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

SundanceThe 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah tomorrow, and will run through February 1st. Obviously, we are very excited to be joining the festivities again this year. Though we will certainly be busy at the Chobani-sponsored café (FRI, January 23rd – FRI, January 30th from 10AM – 6PM), where we’ll be serving up cups of our special collaborative blend with the Greek yogurt titans and our signature Nizza espressos, there are plenty of films that we are really looking forward to seeing. Below are just a few that have piqued our interest.

Scientology

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Come on – there is something rather fascinating about the controversial religion that we dare not speak badly about its name or else a lot of A-list Hollywood celebrities will get very upset with us. The documentary is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s exposé about Scientology. Supposedly, eight former members helped Wright pull back the organization’s heavily guarded curtain, revealing its inner workings and shadowy, highly questionable practices. The Church of Scientology International has already put out a full-page ad in The New York Times denouncing the film. It was directed by Academy Award-winning Sundance vet Alex Gibney (Finding Fela).

The Stanford Experiment

The Stanford Experiment

In 1971, psychologist Philip Zimbardo conducted a famous experiment exploring the psychology of imprisonment . Enrolled undergrads volunteered, and were assigned the roles of guards or inmates, and what occurred during the study is a fascinating look into the human psyche. The movie features Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), and Ezra Miller (the future DC Comics’ “Flash”).

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

For the generations of folks who were reached by the art and life of Kurt Cobain, you have to want to see this. The documentary has received its blessings from the Cobain estate, and you’ll be treated to home movies, archival footage, unreleased tracks, and interviews with family and friends. It’s bound to be an interesting view inside the world of a complicated artist.

 

Public Cupping Events This Friday in Philly, NYC, DC & CHI

Public Cupping - Jan. 23We are continuing our public cupping events this Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1PM in Philadelphia (Fishtown), New York (Hudson Square – please RSVP josey@lacolombe.net – limited space), Washington, DC (Shaw), and Chicago (Logan Square roastery). You’ll be able to taste a variety of La Colombe’s finest coffees, while learning more about them from our expert trainers and roasters. Also, just a reminder that these public cupping events will be happening every other week. We hope that you’ll be able to join us!

Fishtown
1335 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Hudson Square
75 Vandam St.
New York, NY 10013

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

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

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Reserve Your Spot for Our DC Espresso Basics Course

Espresso ClassWe’ve been getting such good feedback about our coffee education courses that we are very excited to share more knowledge with you. Next Thursday, January 22 at 7:30PM at our DC café (Blagden Alley 924 N St. NW), we’ll have a two-hour class, led by one of our La Colombe trainers, teaching you the basics of espresso and milk techniques. After attending, you will understand topics such as drink recipes, machine terminology, extraction vocabulary, and the basics of espresso extraction and milk steaming. There are limited seats available to ensure each participant has ample time to learn, practice, and use our equipment. For more info and to reserve your spot, please go here.

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Next Public Cupping Events in Philly, NYC, DC & CHI

Public Cupping EventsWe will be holding our next public cupping event after the holidays on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1PM EST in Philadelphia (Fishtown), New York (Hudson Square – please RSVP josey@lacolombe.net – limited space), Washington, DC (Shaw), and yes, Chicago (Logan Square roastery). You’ll once again be able to taste a variety of favorite and new coffees, while learning more about them from our expert trainers and roasters. We also plan to continue these public cupping events every other week moving forward. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Fishtown
1335 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Hudson Square
75 Vandam St.
New York, NY 10013

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

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

 

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Photo Album: First Public Cupping at Fishtown

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We held the first public cupping event in our Coffee Lab at the Fishtown café/distillery this past Friday. Making an unannounced appearance and leading the slurp-fest was La Colombe co-founder and Dangerous Grounds host Todd Carmichael. We also surprised the crowd with some fine and rare single origins such as Panama Esmeralda Geisha, Panama Perci N2 Geisha, Reyna Geisha Microlot, Ethiopia Werka Bauka, Zambia Mbuni, Nicaragua El Diamante Auction Lot, Colombia San Roque, Brazil Blue Diamond, Guatemala Tomastepec, and Haiti Mare Blanche. If you missed out on the cupping at Fishtown, the next one will take place on Friday, January 9, 2015, and other similar events will be taking place in New York City, DC, and Chicago as well!

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La Colombe Brew Crew Headed Down to Big Eastern!

Big Eastern Competitors

U.S. Coffee Championships’ Big Eastern is going on this weekend from November 21 – 23 in Durham, North Carolina at the Durham Convention Center. You’ll find some of the top baristas and coffee professionals in the region competing to move on to nationals, which will be held in Long Beach, California in February 2015. La Colombe’s Brew Crew is excited to be making the trek down South, and proudly representing us this year will be our Philly Sales Account Manager Caleb Lewis (North East Brewers – Saturday, 2:46PM), Philly Trainer Jon Amos (North East Barista – Saturday, 4:30PM), and Mid-Atlantic Sales Manager Steve Steinruck (South East Brewers – Friday, 11:31AM). Good luck, fellas!