Photos: Behind the Scenes at La Colombe Torrefaction
La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti are the undisputed godfathers of Philadelphia coffee. Over the past two decades, they have expanded from a single cafe in Rittenhouse to more than 10 coffee shops in New York, DC, Chicago and Seoul with more on the way.
The majority of revenue, though, doesn’t come through retail sales. The roastery - “Torrefaction” is part of the official company name - plays a huge role. Beans sourced from all over the world (as chronicled in Carmichael’s TV show, Dangerous Grounds) land at the roasting facility in Port Richmond.
There, in an industrial building across from a run-down hoagie shop and next to a furniture distributor, is where a much of the La Colombe magic happens. We were lucky enough to be invited inside for a look.