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La Colombe Creates First-Ever Latte on Tap

La Colombe Creates First-Ever Latte on Tap



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Beer isn’t the only drink you can get from a keg

La Colombe is new featuring Draft Lattes at their outpost in Fishtown.

Coffee on tap is now a reality.

La Colombe Torrefaction has created a draft iced latte that’s served on tap, according to their blog. The coffee shop has previously sold cold brew from vintage soda machines, so they are not new to innovating ways to make coffee.

This device combines cold-pressed coffee and frothed milk in a keg, so it’s ready to drink when poured into the glass — no espresso-pulling or milk-frothing required. The lattes have no added sugar and a “microfoam” texture that’s similar to draft beer.

La Colombe’s CEO Todd Carmichael has spent months “tinkering with the recipe and the technology,” according to the company’s blog post. Traditional iced lattes are made by chilling espresso and steamed milk over ice, but Carmichael is pleased with the product he’s created without these steps, particularly its impressive “mouth-feel.”

Carmichael will also be rolling out with canned lattes to be sold across the country, according to Philly Mag.

The draft lattes are currently available at the Fishtown café on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia and are expected to be offered at La Colombe’s other locations in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City within the next few months.


A draft latte is a can of coffee, but better. La Colombe's draft latte is "infused with food-grade nitrous oxide for distinctive cafe-style frothed, creamy texture," according to La Colombe's website. This means that when you pour the latte out of the can, it creates a foam, similar to what you would find on a latte from a coffee shop.

The amount of caffeine varies per can. The Chai Draft Latte has 40mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to 1 cup of tea, which is the drink with the lowest amount of caffeine.

The triple draft lattes as well as the Coconut Milk based lattes have 175mg of caffeine (2 1/4 cups of coffee). Whether you are looking for your morning coffee or a mid-day boost, there are a variety of caffeine levels available.


La Colombe Draft Lattes Are So Frothy and I'm So Happy

I love lattes and I love iced coffee, but it always made me mad when I would order an iced latte and watch the barista pour cold, un-frothed milk over a shot of iced espresso. Yes, the ingredients are correct—espresso, milk, ice—but to my mind, it wasn’t an iced latte without the foam. Thanks to the nonexistent logic of espresso bar menu pricing, a latte usually costs more than an iced espresso with milk, so I saved some money and my sanity and started ordering iced espressos instead.

For a few years, I curbed my self-righteous iced latte rage by sticking to this strategy, pretty much convinced that the proper iced latte of my dreams simply didn’t exist. And then, one day, our friends at La Marzocco* donated a Linea Mini espresso machine to the Bon Appétit test kitchen, at which time I stopped ordering espresso drinks altogether and became my own personal barista. Thus empowered, I started doing what I thought every barista should do: I would brew an espresso and pour it over ice, then lightly steam whole milk until it was foamy but not super hot, and use that to make the latte an actual latte. Yes, this concoction becomes slightly diluted by the ice, but there is always more ice to be had. When greeted with skepticism by my colleagues, I argued that the flavor of steamed milk is different, and that the texture and taste of the foam was key to my drinking enjoyment.

*This isn't a sponsored post!

Well, folks, turns out that the real coffee experts at La Colombe agree with me, and there’s nothing I love more than being vindicated by people who actually know what they’re talking about.

The head honchos at La Colombe had also been stymied by the challenge of serving a cold, undiluted espresso drink with all the richness and fluffiness of foamed milk on top. But instead of pulling their hair out in annoyance that our world is plagued by a never-ending stream of unfixable problems, they did something about it. The iced latte conundrum led to the invention of the draft latte, which they poured from a tap at the bar. It emerges cold and creamy, the color of melted coffee ice cream (the best color) and is crowned with a tall head of buoyant, ethereal foam made up of tiny little bubbles that percolate to the surface in a slow-mo dream. Because there’s no ice, there are no cold cubes to interfere with the aerated, silky texture, and no watering down of anything. The first time I had one I nearly fainted with joy. A thing that annoyed me had been replaced by something that thrilled and delighted me.

The draft latte at the IRL La Colombe in Philly.

I continued treating myself to these expertly crafted draft lattes when I would find myself within striking distance of a La Colombe outfit, and because I live in New York City, this happened just often enough to keep me satisfied without overdoing it. Then, one magical day this spring, I was wandering around a Whole Foods market in Palm Springs, of all places, and there on the shelf in the refrigerator section was a line-up of La Colombe Draft Coffee slim cans. Again, I nearly fainted. Since I was in a distant land with no access to my trusty test kitchen espresso machine, I figured this was a justified $2.99 purchase indeed. I deserved it. Though, I’ll be honest: I didn’t expect the canned version to be very good. It’s like the movie version of the book you loved. It will probably suck, but you should give it a try anyway.

At this point in the story, I realize that I am a pessimist, and also that it’s true when people say that a pessimist is never disappointed. Because, friends—the contents of that can were stupendous. The beverage was excellent. I was vindicated once more. I’m not a scientist, but from what I have gathered, there’s a pressurized valve on the bottom of the cans that releases liquefied gas into the latte when you crack open the tab, and what emerges is maybe not quite as luscious and velvety as what you get at the café, but it’s pretty damn close.

When I returned to the Palm Springs airport at the end of my trip, there was a can of draft latte in the rental car’s cup holder beside me. And when I stopped by the La Colombe cafe in SoHo one day soon thereafter for a pick-me-up before work, there was an entire refrigerator display filled to the brim with La Colombe cans of all varieties. Alt milks! Mocha flavored! The SKUs were exploding.

By now, I’ve had a chance to try a few different flavors, and my new thing is combining two types for the ultimate coffee-to-milk ratio: 50/50 between true black (their unadulterated cold brew), and draft latte, which is a little bit milkier than it needs to be. The triple draft is also excellent, but who am I to say? Just some persnickety lady who likes her cold coffee creations a certain way. As long as there are coffee companies out there reading my mind and solving my problems via ESP and other methods, I have a feeling I'll be fine.


The Ratings

To learn about how I rate ready-to-drink coffee, go here.

Taste

The texture of this coffee is great, especially when considering the fact that it comes in a can, where I feel a lot of texture can be lost (see Stumptown's Nitro Cold Brew for an example of this).

The sweetness wasn't overbearing either. If anything, it was more of a creamy sweetness.

To me, the one shortcoming regarding the taste was the coffee itself. In my opinion there simply wasn't enough coffee flavor.

Of course, La Colombe has the difficult job of finding the perfect balance in flavor here, and I actually think this drink appeals more to the masses who don't drink their coffee black.

Price

For first-time buyers, the price is an A+ at only $10 for a 4-pack. You can get free shipping with your first order by signing up for the La Colombe email newsletter found in the footer of their website.

This obviously works out to an unprecedented $2.50/can, which still feels too good to be true.

I hope La Colombe continues to keep prices for the drink this low.

Ingredients

I'm impressed with the ingredients. As they say in the “How It's Made” video I embedded above, this is simply coffee with no bullshit.

Hormone-free, grass-fed cows provide the milk. There is sugar, but at least it's real sugar. And of course, high-quality, freshly roasted coffee sourced directly from top-notch coffee farmers.

I personally think the drink would have been better off with a little bit less sugar and a little bit more coffee, but overall I think La Colombe did a near-perfect job with the ingredients used in the Draft Latte.

Availability

At the moment, distribution is pretty limited if you are looking to pick this up at your local grocery store or café. However, this is a non-issue if you shop online and take advantage of the free shipping on your first order (remember, you must sign up for their email list first to receive the promo code).

I imagine that this will become more widely available in the near future, but for now this is really one of the few shortcomings of the Draft Latte.


La Colombe Coffee Roasters Launches Oatmilk Draft Latte in Cans

PHILADELPHIA– La Colombe, a leading coffee roaster known for ethical, direct- trade practices with growers, a pioneer in cold brew and creator of the world’s first-ever textured cold latte, is launching its much anticipated Oatmilk Draft Latte in a convenient 9 oz. ready-to-drink (RTD) can.

The newest Draft Latte will be available beginning September 5, at the company’s 30 cafes, on its website, on Amazon, and in select retailers nationwide, including Wegmans and Harris Teeter. Suggested retail price is $3.49.

Available in original, vanilla and caramel, these plant-based, dairy-free lattes are rich and creamy with a touch of sweetness from the oats and an unmatched texture from La Colombe’s patented process of infusing drinks with nitrous oxide.

In October 2017, La Colombe became one of the first specialty coffee roasters to work with Oatly in the US, making Oatmilk available to customers across all their cafes nationwide. In June 2018, La Colombe introduced the Oatmilk Draft Latte to their on-tap menu, offering customers the first-ever vegan, plant-based Draft Latte on-tap.

Year-to-date, La Colombe’s bar drink sales are up 41% vs year ago, driven by Oatmilk as an alternative milk for cafe drinks. Oatmilk represents majority of on-tap sale today (55%).

Now, with a loyal and growing fan base, La Colombe is bringing its best-selling cold brew to retailers, giving customers a café-quality beverage on-the-go.

“We are always innovating – pushing the limit to create great tasting beverages that are also healthy and environmentally conscience,” said Todd Carmichael, CEO and Co-Founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. “In this case, we are balancing our carbon footprint by using grain- based milks that are the most efficient and environmental way of producing a milk alternative. Oatmilk, in particular, also has all those special properties that make it react well with the nitrous, creating a deliciously frothy latte.”

In terms of the environmental impact, as compared to other plant-based options, oats require significantly less water to produce. Additionally, oats are a great rotational crop, which can lead to a variety of ecological benefits for growers. As a source ingredient, oats provide a balanced macronutrient profile of fats, carbs and proteins. All of this makes for an alternative milk that’s good for both people and the planet.

According to a new research report from Market Research Future (MRFR), the plant-based beverages market size is projected to reach $388 Billion by 2023 at 8.5% CAGR.1 48% of consumers buy dairy – AND plant-based milks. Oatmilk is the fastest growing dairy alternative, and the most environmentally friendly.

The new Oatmilk Draft Latte will be joining La Colombe’s current plant-based offerings, including the Coconut Draft Latte, Coconut Mocha Draft Latte, Colombian Cold Brew, Brazilian Cold Brew, Nitro Cold Brew Lemonade and Nitro Cold Brew Grapefruit.

For more information on Draft Latte visit our website or follow our adventures using #LoveOatmilk.


Are You Ready for a Latte on Draft?

With all the innovations we’ve seen in the world of coffee – from nitro-tapped cold brew to marijuana-infused K-cups – it’s easy to be skeptical when someone proclaims they’ve created a 𠇏irst.” But the forward-thinkers at La Colombe Coffee believes they’ve squeezed a new idea out of an old favorite: the latte. The celebrated Philadelphia-based coffee roaster has introduced a 𠇍raft Latte.” They claim it is the first-ever iced latte served on tap.

�ore today, if you wanted an iced latte, you𠆝 have to pull espresso, steam the milk, and cool it all down over ice,” says La Colombe on their blog. “Those days are over.” According to the company, La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael spent months “tinkering with the recipe and the technology” trying to score the perfect taste and mouthfeel.

“This full-bodied latte is naturally sweet, with no added sugar,” they write. “Possibly even more impressive than the great taste is the texture…With every sip, the silky microfoam fills your palate, cold and creamy, like a sugar-free milkshake.”

Billing something as a caffeinated, sugar-free milkshake sets the expectation level pretty high. Hopefully they’re making promises they can keep.

If you want to give it a try, lattes are currently on draft at La Colombe Coffee’s flagship café in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. (Pro tip: If like chasing your coffee with a beer, head across the street to one of Philly’s lesser-known treasures, Bottle Bar East.) From there, the roaster says they’ll begin rolling the high-tech lattes out in their other cafes in New York, Chicago and Washington, DC over the next few months.


La Colombe Launches Vegan Lattes Made with Oatly

On September 5, coffee chain La Colombe will launch a new, vegan latte made with the base of Oatly&rsquos oat milk in cans at its 30 cafés, as well as on Amazon and at select retailers, including Wegman&rsquos and Harris Teeter. The new Oatmilk Draft Latte will be available in Original, Vanilla, and Caramel flavors in 9-ounce cans for a suggested retail price of $3.49. The lattes are made using La Colombe&rsquos proprietary process of infusing beverages with nitrous oxide which creates a unique creamy texture. &ldquoWe are always innovating&mdashpushing the limit to create great tasting beverages that are also healthy and environmentally conscious,&rdquo La Colombe CEO and Co-Founder Todd Carmichael said. &ldquoIn this case, we are balancing our carbon footprint by using grain-based milks that are the most efficient and environmental way of producing a milk alternative. Oatmilk, in particular, also has all those special properties that make it react well with the nitrous, creating a deliciously frothy latte.&rdquo In 2017, La Colombe was the first specialty coffee roaster to partner with Oatly, adding the Oatmilk Draft Latte to its on-tap, in-store menu in 2018. In addition to its new ready-to-drink Oatmilk Draft Lattes, the company offers a coconut milk-based latte in original and mocha flavors.

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La Colombe Coffee Roasters launches Oatmilk Draft Latte in cans

PHILADELPHIA, U.S. — La Colombe, a leading coffee roaster known for ethical, direct- trade practices with growers, a pioneer in cold brew and creator of the world’s first-ever textured cold latte, is launching its much anticipated Oatmilk Draft Latte in a convenient 9 oz. ready-to-drink (RTD) can.

The newest Draft Latte will be available beginning September 5, at the company’s 30 cafes, on its website, on Amazon, and in select retailers nationwide, including Wegmans and Harris Teeter. Suggested retail price is $3.49.

Available in original, vanilla and caramel, these plant-based, dairy-free lattes are rich and creamy with a touch of sweetness from the oats and an unmatched texture from La Colombe’s patented process of infusing drinks with nitrous oxide.

In October 2017, La Colombe became one of the first specialty coffee roasters to work with Oatly in the US, making Oatmilk available to customers across all their cafes nationwide. In June 2018, La Colombe introduced the Oatmilk Draft Latte to their on-tap menu, offering customers the first-ever vegan, plant-based Draft Latte on-tap.

Year-to-date, La Colombe’s bar drink sales are up 41% vs year ago, driven by Oatmilk as an alternative milk for cafe drinks. Oatmilk represents majority of on-tap sale today (55%).

Now, with a loyal and growing fan base, La Colombe is bringing its best-selling cold brew to retailers, giving customers a café-quality beverage on-the-go.

“We are always innovating – pushing the limit to create great tasting beverages that are also healthy and environmentally conscience,” said Todd Carmichael, CEO and Co-Founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. “In this case, we are balancing our carbon footprint by using grain- based milks that are the most efficient and environmental way of producing a milk alternative. Oatmilk, in particular, also has all those special properties that make it react well with the nitrous, creating a deliciously frothy latte.”

In terms of the environmental impact, as compared to other plant-based options, oats require significantly less water to produce. Additionally, oats are a great rotational crop, which can lead to a variety of ecological benefits for growers. As a source ingredient, oats provide a balanced macronutrient profile of fats, carbs and proteins. All of this makes for an alternative milk that’s good for both people and the planet.

According to a new research report from Market Research Future (MRFR), the plant-based beverages market size is projected to reach $388 Billion by 2023 at 8.5% CAGR.1 48% of consumers buy dairy – AND plant-based milks. Oatmilk is the fastest growing dairy alternative, and the most environmentally friendly.

The new Oatmilk Draft Latte will be joining La Colombe’s current plant-based offerings, including the Coconut Draft Latte, Coconut Mocha Draft Latte, Colombian Cold Brew, Brazilian Cold Brew, Nitro Cold Brew Lemonade and Nitro Cold Brew Grapefruit.


La Colombe is a coffee company that has made itself known for collaborations with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, as well as cold coffee that's been steeped for 16 hours to give it an extra potent flavor—now the brand is stirring up new interest for the intriguing way it prepares its iced coffee lattes.

As many other coffeehouses do, La Colombe serves its cold brew on tap. But what really sets its 'Draft Latte' apart is the fact that it is prepared with a microfoam milk that has a rich texture. When this milk is combined with the cold coffee in this way, it creates a texture that's more like a frothy latte than an iced coffee with added milk.

For now, the Draft Latte is only being served at select La Colombe locations, although it will soon be available nationwide later this summer.


La Colombe Coffee Roasters® Launches Its Best-Selling Oatmilk Draft Latte In A Convenient, Ready-To-Drink Can.

(Philadelphia, August 2019) – La Colombe, a leading coffee roaster known for ethical, direct- trade practices with growers, a pioneer in cold brew and creator of the world’s first-ever textured cold latte, is launching its much anticipated Oatmilk Draft Latte in a convenient 9oz ready-to-drink (RTD) can.

The newest Draft Latte will be available beginning September 5, at the company’s 30 cafes, on its website, on Amazon, and in select retailers nationwide, including Wegmans and Harris Teeter. Suggested retail price is $3.49.

Available in original, vanilla and caramel, these plant-based, dairy-free lattes are rich and creamy with a touch of sweetness from the oats and an unmatched texture from La Colombe’s patented process of infusing drinks with nitrous oxide.

In October 2017, La Colombe became one of the first specialty coffee roasters to work with Oatly in the US, making Oatmilk available to customers across all their cafes nationwide. In June 2018, La Colombe introduced the Oatmilk Draft Latte to their on-tap menu, offering customers the first-ever vegan, plant-based Draft Latte on-tap.

Year-to-date, La Colombe’s bar drink sales are up 41% vs year ago, driven by Oatmilk as an alternative milk for cafe drinks. Oatmilk represents majority of on-tap sale today (55%).

Now, with a loyal and growing fan base, La Colombe is bringing its best-selling cold brew to retailers, giving customers a café-quality beverage on-the-go.

“We are always innovating – pushing the limit to create great tasting beverages that are also healthy and environmentally conscience.” said Todd Carmichael, CEO and Co-Founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. “In this case, we are balancing our carbon footprint by using grain- based milks that are the most efficient and environmental way of producing a milk alternative. Oatmilk, in particular, also has all those special properties that make it react well with the nitrous, creating a deliciously frothy latte.”

In terms of the environmental impact, as compared to other plant-based options, oats require significantly less water to produce. Additionally, oats are a great rotational crop, which can lead to a variety of ecological benefits for growers. As a source ingredient, oats provide a balanced macronutrient profile of fats, carbs and proteins. All of this makes for an alternative milk that’s good for both people and the planet.

According to a new research report from Market Research Future (MRFR), the plant-based beverages market size is projected to reach $388 Billion by 2023 at 8.5% CAGR.1 48% of consumers buy dairy - AND plant-based milks.2 Oatmilk is the fastest growing dairy alternative, and the most environmentally friendly.3

The new Oatmilk Draft Latte will be joining La Colombe’s current plant-based offerings, including the Coconut Draft Latte, Coconut Mocha Draft Latte,

For more information on Draft Latte visit our website or follow our adventures using #LoveOatmilk.


Watch the video: Introducing: Draft Latte