Crackin’ a cold one has taken on a new meaning for morning commuters. No, they have not turned to drinking beer on their way to work, but, thanks to La Colombe, they know can have a craft latte in the palm of their hand.
For millions of people, a strong morning tradition is to head to the local coffee shop to grab an iced latte before scurrying off to their job for the day. With COVID-19 striking down local businesses such as coffee shops, people now have to find a new way to get their latte fix.
Enter La Colombe Coffee Roasters, based in Philadelphia. According to the company website, the main goal of the company is to “Make the world better through coffee.”
Todd Carmichael and J.P. Iberti, nearly 30 years after they began their coffee journey, have done exactly that. With a wide variety of coffee, tea, and of course their signature draft lattes, La Colombe is serving up lots of options online so you can have high quality coffee at your doorstep. Even if you don’t feel like brewing your own cup or buying a can, they have shops in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago.
As great as that sounds, they’re doing even better things away from their roasteries. If you look through some of the outreach programs that the company has done so far, it is obvious that they still stick by their mission.
One of the programs that Carmichael and Iberti put into place came out of tragedy. In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, digging the country into an unfortunate level of despair and sending the nation’s ability to produce coffee, one of their top exports, into jeopardy.
In 2013 La Colombe and the Clinton foundation partnered to establish the Haiti Coffee Academy, which offers training in the field of coffee production by training farmers ways to improve crop yield. It also helps to strengthen the supply chain to Haitian coffee farmers, meaning they’ll be pocketing more money for their efforts.
The crack sound when you open up a can of La Colombe’s coffee will always signify two things. This first is that you are about to sip into a robust cup of coffee, whether the flavor be sweetened with oat milk or caramel, that will have you wondering how you got to the bottom of the can so quickly. The other is that you’re drinking coffee made from a company that places an emphasis on making the world around it a better place.
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