[Photo: La Colombe Torrefaction/Facebook]
After ranting about Stumptown selling out in a piece for Esquire back in 2011, Todd Carmichael tells Roast Magazine's Daily Coffee News blog that he's secured a deal for "$28.5M worth of private investments" for his Philadelphia-based La Colombe Torrefaction. The coffee chain may be headed for Seattle.
La Colombe is planning "upwards of 100 new cafes," including additional outposts on the East Coast and Chicago. Coffee bars are also in the works for "parts of the West Coast," including Seattle. The roaster was launched by Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti, who were born in Spokane and first met in Seattle in the mid-80s, starting the company in Philly in 1994. Eater National has details on La Colombe's expansion plans.
· La Colombe Torrefaction [Official Site]