Originating in Philadelphia, La Colombe Coffee Roasters has quickly spread its wings to New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C.. Thanks to its emphasis on knowledgeable, well-trained baristas, single-origin beans, and carefully brewed drinks, it is easy to see why La Colombe is a coffee snobs' paradise. For a while, the SoHo cafe did not even have a menu-- completely eliminating all those scoffed at frappes and flavored lattes and sticking to the tried and true basics.
La Colombe's most popular item only came around a year ago, surprisingly, and immediately caught on like wildfire. Served year-round, the small chain has guided us down the path of deliverance to barista-approved iced coffee with the introduction of its "Draft Latte".
What exactly is a draft latte? It's pressed espresso mixed with frothed milk, poured on tap to give the drink a fresh, smooth taste that certainly could not be achieved with even the milkiest of iced coffees. Want something a bit more bold? Order the "Black and Tan"-- which is half draft latte, half cold-brew. The drinks mix together perfectly, the draft latte acting as espresso-flavored creamer for the coffee.
Careful: don't order more than one. This draft latte packs a much stronger punch of caffeine than your average cup of iced joe. In fact, cold brew coffee is even more caffeinated than hot-brewed coffee. This is due to the higher coffee-to-water ratio required for a bold tasting cup of cold brew.
Not able to make it out to Chicago or the East Coast? Don't worry. La Colombe offers its single-orgin coffee beans and cans of its draft latte for sale on its website, making it the perfect gift for the caffeine addict in your life.