La Colombe Torrefaction

Coffee Roaster

Address: 130 S. 19th St.
City, State ZIP: Philadelphia, PA 19103
Country: United States
Phone: +1.215.563.0860
Blend(s): Corsica; Phocea; Nizza; Beaulieu; Monte Carlo; various origins
Last Update: 03/24/2009
First Entered: 04/26/2005

They provide five blends and cater to many high-end restaurants, including renowned chefs like Alain Ducasse and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Unfortunately, great chefs usually know squat about good coffee. In that sense, they are not altogether unlike Equator Estate Coffees in the SF Bay Area: a great inroads with luxury-end hotels and restaurants, but not respected much among café-goers. Most public complaints concern the darkness of their roasts, but we've also had some El Salvadoran beans from them that beat all Ritual and Blue Bottle competitors in a French press.

They do nothing but coffee here. They also pre-blend their roasts instead of post-roast blending, taking the philosophy that roasting coffee blends is more like making soup. In 2007, they opened operations in SF's Dogpatch (at 1074 Illinois St.). In 2008, they started a program of Rainforest Alliance certifying all their supply chains.

Locations using coffee from this roastery:

Name Address Neighborhood City Espresso Rating
'wichcraft 868 Mission St., Ste. 199 SOMA San Francisco 5.40
Aqua 252 California St. Financial District San Francisco 5.60
Café de la Presse 352 Grant Ave. Union Square San Francisco 7.00
Fifth Floor 12 Fourth St. SOMA San Francisco 5.60
Gallery Café 1200 Mason St. Nob Hill San Francisco 6.80
Grande Café 501 Geary Blvd. (at the Hotel Monaco) Union Square San Francisco 3.60
Henri 18 S. Michigan Ave. Loop Chicago 7.10
La Colombe 995 Randolph St. West Loop Chicago 8.30
The Café 160 E Pearson St. Magnificent Mile Chicago 5.80