From the City of Brotherly love comes one of the best coffee outfits in the country – La Colombe. The company is known for specialty blends, single-source beans, and farm-to-cup coffee. The locations are quirky and even though La Colombe is a chain it makes itself part of the local neighborhood. With the opening of a new location at 4 East Elm Street, Chicago is now home to five La Colombe locations.
This marks the chain’s first location downtown and is a welcome spot to get your coffee fix while I am in town for meetings. While it is not open yet, the rumor is that the newest La Colombe in Chicago will be open sometime later this month.
What set’s La Colombe apart? The coffee. It’s that simple, the coffee at La Colombe is very, very good. If you are a caffeine addict and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you need to find the nearest location to see what they have brewing.
For me it is the combination of copious amounts of espresso – I can have up to 10 shots per day – and the Mocha Draft Lattes. If you are not familiar with draft lattes, this is the drink which put La Colombe on the map.
The story begins with a bit of inspiration. I am sure we all know the Guinness cans and their nitrogen widgets. But what if the same science was applied to lattes? There you have it; the draft latte is born and La Colombe has been selling cans of delicious concoctions for years.
If you are not a fan of the can, then you can check out the bottles of La Colombe’s pure black. This is a cold-pressed coffee – 16-hours in stainless steel wine tanks. The pressing creates a vacuum which locks in the flavor. You can buy two-packs or a twelve-pack and you don’t need an ID to get it.
What else is there to tell you about La Colombe? As mentioned the Elm Street location will be their first in downtown Chicago, but I reckon there will be many more locations to come soon. The brand is more than just canned coffees and roasts, they also operate a full-service café and you can choose from the usual assortment of Americanos, Macchiatos, Hot Chocolates, and even their draft selections.
Don’t forget to check out their food selections. These are all locally sourced and are unique to the city. This is one way which the brand tries to fit into the local communities they serve.
La Colombe is a great coffee brand and a welcome addition to the Windy City. With winter giving it last licks, you can phone ahead and I am even told there are plans for deliveries to local offices. Get your coffee fix at La Colombe.