My Must-Haves: La Columbe Coffee
It's not just my favorite drink- it's the ritual by which I begin each day.
Wake. Slippers. Feed the cat. Grind the beans. Brew. Sip. Start.
Here's a serendipitous story for you- a tale of two cities and one perfect cup of coffee.
During a stay at the Langham Chicago last year, brunching in their fantastic dining room, I ordered a coffee and a croissant. It arrived at the table in its petite french press and when I took the first sip, I knew this had to be how coffee was meant to taste. It's as smooth as silk and the roast leaves you with this chocolaty, nutty, rich, complex flavor profile not unlike that of a cold brew. It's the least bitter coffee I'd ever tried, so delicious that adding cream or sugar is almost sacrilege.
Needless to say, I'm instantly hooked. I asked the waitress what brand of coffee they use, and she mentioned that they exclusively buy from La Columbe, a roaster based in Philadelphia. I take down a mental note but ultimately forget the name as I continue my vacation.
Fast forward a few months later- I'm strolling through the lower east side of Manhattan with my two long-time girlfriends from high school. It's one of our last days in NYC and we're hunting for a nice place to grab breakfast. I order, and as I'm waiting for my bagel, take a sip of the coffee I ordered. It's fantastic- it rivals the coffee I had at the Langham.
Wouldn't you know- it's La Columbe. I felt like I'd finally found Cinderella's other slipper. And thankfully this time, I grabbed a bag of beans to take home.
Every few months, I order a variety of La Columbe whole-bean blends for delivery. My coffee and tea cabinet is usually stocked to the bring with bags of La Columbe- I hate to run out, and they're the only beans I buy.
You really can't go wrong with any of them, but my favorites are Phocea, Corsica, Monaco, and Bleu. They're constantly releasing new blends so I encourage you to experiment with what they recommend.
Every cup is as perfect as those first brews enjoyed travelling with friends and family.